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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

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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Cross-Post The Winning Weirdness of 'Bunheads': The Case for Amy Sherman-Palladino's Charming Dramedy

When the news came down the transom a few days ago that "Bunheads," the new show from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, had received a back-order pickup for more episodes on ABC Family, fans like yours truly breathed a sigh of relief and wonderment. While positioned as a cute fish-out-of-water story about a Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (played by Broadway star Sutton Foster) who unexpectedly ends up in a small town teaching ballet, "Bunheads" never took the easy or expected path, even when that might have made it an easier fit at the network (its focus skews more toward the adults in the story than the four teen ballerinas Michelle comes to mentor).
  • By Alison Willmore
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  • August 24, 2012 11:40 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Panel -- Four White Guys and Two Women of Color

It's great to see Shonda Rhimes and Veena Sud here. Honestly, I don't know how they could have done a panel with drama showrunners without including Rhimes since she has three shows on the air. Is there anyone else with three shows on the air?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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Gender Watch: The Firing of Community's Dan Harmon

I have been watching with interest all week the press regarding the firing of Dan Harmon the creator and showrunner of Community after three seasons.  The whole incident would have passed without a big blip if Dan Harmon hadn't taken to his blog with a screed directed at the studio Sony, and the network NBC.  It's become such a story that the studio had to create talking points for the cast to help them deal with all the questions.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 24, 2012 11:52 AM
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Sneak Preview: Shonda Rhimes' Scandal

Thanks to Shonda Rhimes next week will be a milestone week. It will be the first time in 30 years that a single African American woman will be the lead on a network TV show. (Jada Pinkett Smith was the lead on Hawthorne on cable) The show -- Scandal -- is based on the life of Washington "fixer" Judy Smith who in the past also worked for President George H.W. Bush.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
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Smash Gets Renewed But Creator and Showrunner Theresa Rebeck Departs

With a one-two punch on Thursday afternoon, NBC renewed Smash -- the show about creating a musical based on Marilyn Monroe, but also revealed that the creator, main writer, executive producer and showrunner Theresa Rebeck will be leaving the show.  (Full disclosure - Theresa Rebeck is a friend.)
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 26, 2012 11:55 AM
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Season Two of The Killing Returns April 1

Mad Men, Game of Thrones and now The Killing all returning within the next two weeks.  Awesome.  As the tag line says, The Killing is just the beginning.  Can't wait to see what Veena Sud and company have in store for us this season.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2012 9:43 AM
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A "Smash"ing Premiere

While I might write about Hollywood I live in NY.  I really don't get to see the everyday machinations of the business.  I like it that way.  It keeps it more mysterious.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 12:30 PM
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The Top 50 TV Showrunners: The Women

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of the top 50 showrunners in comedy and drama.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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