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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

A Report from the Diversify Summit

Screen International and Broadcast hosted a diversity summit at the BAFTA headquarters yesterday, Diversify - Improving Diversity in Film and TV. The event was sold out and attendees were buzzing with ideas to share, proposals to present and criticisms to levy, cramming into the auditorium to grasp the opportunity to be heard.
  • By Kate Wilson
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  • November 14, 2013 1:00 PM
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The Women's Guide to Comic-Con

Comic-Con has long been a boys club -- I mean, it is called "fanboy" culture for a reason. However, in recent years there's been more and more female-skewing programming, highlighting that it's not just geek guys enjoying The Con, but geek girls as well.
  • By Kristal D. Bailey
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  • July 17, 2013 1:30 PM
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When Women and Hollywood Came to London

I work in script development in the UK, and am increasingly frustrated, infuriated and worried by the portrayal - or lack thereof - of women in film and TV.
  • By Hannah Billingham
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  • July 12, 2013 1:30 PM
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Women and Hollywood Networking Event in London - July 4th

We're organizing a public networking event in London! We'd love to see you.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 18, 2013 6:00 AM
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Women and Hollywood Heads to Los Angeles

I'm coming to LA!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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LACMA Holds Special Film Series Highlighting Young Women Filmmakers from Mexico

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is holding a special film series featuring the work of young female filmmakers from Mexico on May 10-11. The series was organized with AMBULANTE, a non-profit film organization founded in 2005 by actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 29, 2013 12:46 PM
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NYC Event Alert: The Ins & Outs of Film Festival PR Panel On 4/24

If you are in New York, check out Women and Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein moderating a panel on film festival PR tomorrow, Wednesday (4/24) at Merrill Lynch (601 Lexington Avenue, 47th Floor) at 6:30pm. You can get tickets here. Be sure to use the discount code WIH-PR.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • April 23, 2013 10:00 AM
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Women and Hollywood Heads to Chicago

I just wanted to give a heads up to any readers in the Chicago area.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 9, 2013 1:00 PM
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If She Can See It, She Can Be It - Panel Discussion in NYC on April 11

The NY International Children's Film Festival
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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A Big Week for Women and Hollywood

Just wanted to make sure that you saw the pieces that I wrote this week for The Washington Post and the NY Times' website Room For Debate.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 26, 2012 10:04 AM
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