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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

9 Women Included on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Authors

The Hollywood Reporter announced their inaugural list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. They based the selection of living authors on how successful they’ve been in getting their work adapted for the screen, their success in publishing and both their Hollywood and cultural clout.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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Francis Lawrence to Direct the Rest of the Hunger Games Franchise

His first film of the franchise Catching Fire is not even completed, yet Mr. Lawrence seems to made the producers and the studio quite happy because he already has the job to direct the final two films in the franchise - Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 5, 2012 10:48 AM
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Interview with Nina Jacobson: Producer of the Hunger Games

Nina Jacobson is poised to have a really great weekend.  She's about to open The Hunger Games which if tracking and advance sales hold will be one of the best opening weekends ever.  She answered some questions by phone as the film gets ready to roll out
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 22, 2012 11:37 AM
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Three Vie for Next Female Franchise

Variety reported yesterday that three Oscar nominated young actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Lawrence are all in the race to play the lead in The Hunger Games based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 3, 2011 4:21 AM
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