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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

What's Wrong With This Picture?

The Hollywood Reporter does it again by having an all male panel of showrunners featured in one of the Emmy previews.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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Interview with Tassie Cameron - Creator and Executive Producer of Rookie Blue

The summer used to be a void of new TV shows. No more. Now summer has a bunch of series -- many that star women like Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs. Another one of those summer shows is Rookie Blue. Women and Hollywood got the chance to do an email interview with Tassie Cameron, the creator and executive producer of Rookie Blue.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 22, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 Women-Created TV Pilots

It’s prime pilot season for the networks. After all the news that’s been coming out in the last six months or so about women-created shows, we wanted to see how that’s holding up with official announcements. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter’s amazing and extensive guide of all the pilots announced thus far, we have a rough idea. So far, The CW leads with 6 women-created shows on their roster. NBC has 4 and Fox, CBS and ABC are tied for last place with only 3 women-created shows. We will continue to update as more shows are announced.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 30, 2013 11:00 AM
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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

I had the opportunity to speak with the hugely successful and very interesting screenwriter and TV writer Melissa Rosenberg last week while she was on the set of her new show Red Widow. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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  • 34 Comments

14 Women are in The Hollywood Reporter's Top 50 Showrunners of 2012

The Hollywood Reporter recently named their Top 50 Showrunners of 2012 for both comedy and drama. 14 of the 50 showrunners named were women. And women made up 4 of the 11 on the Showrunners to Watch list. Despite the recent and continuing frustrating news regarding women in television, I’m hoping that the recent influx of women-created television news continues to up these numbers.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 11, 2012 10:30 AM
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Mindy Kaling's The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie

Mindy Kaling’s Black List script The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie now has Anne Hathaway attached to star. Co-written with Kaling’s former The Office co-worker Brent Forrester, Gillespie follows a woman whose debilitating low self-esteem leads her to date a string of terrible losers. When she’s about to give up, a beautiful guy begins pursuing her.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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Guest Post: 2012-2013 Fall TV Created by Women

Fall TV season has arrived. As we excitedly dive into a fresh season, what is the state of female participation in creative content? I gathered a list of new shows and looked at their creative teams, noting the number of women that serve as show creators, writers, directors, or producers. And gosh, the results were depressing.
  • By Heather McLendon
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  • September 21, 2012 10:45 AM
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Link Round Up: Multiple New Women-Created, Focused TV Projects in Development

Over the past couple days multiple networks (and Netflix) have been reporting about a slew of women-created and women-focused TV projects that are currently in development. As we reported today, women made 26% of the television shows in the 2011-2012 season.  As we go into a new season of television (expect some great coverage from us), let's hope that these new projects will help up these numbers. And with projects coming from brilliant writers like Sarah Haskins and Leslye Headland, executive producers Jennifer Lopez, Ellen DeGeneres and Renée Zellweger--it's hard not to be optimistic about the future of women creating TV programming.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 18, 2012 3:01 PM
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Women Created 26 Percent of the Television Shows in the 2011-2012 Season

As we get ready to launch the new television season the statistics are out for how women fared last season behind the scenes in the TV business. According to the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film the annual study, Boxed In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes Women in the 2011-12 Prime-time Television Season by Martha Lauzen, women make up 26% of all creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 18, 2012 10:04 AM
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What We're Watching: Switched at Birth

The second season of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth returned recently and this is my pleading with you to watch it.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 17, 2012 11:37 AM
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