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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

New York's Women’s Project Theater Hires New Producing Artistic Director

McNulty's association with the theater goes back nearly two decades.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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The First Wives Club Musical Planned for Broadway

"Designing Women" creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason will pen the stage production's book.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 1, 2014 12:26 PM
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Julie Taymor Wraps Up Shooting of A Midsummer Night's Dream

"It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film," Taymor said.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 23, 2014 1:58 PM
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New Annual List Launched to Spotlight Women's Plays

The List is compiled by The Kilroys, a group of LA-based women playwrights and producers committed to gender inclusivity in theater.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 17, 2014 2:00 PM
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Audra McDonald Sets Two Records at the 2014 Tony Awards

Winners also included Rosie O'Donnell, Sophie Okonedo, Lena Hall, and Jessie Mueller.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 9, 2014 11:48 AM
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Winnie Holzman to Receive Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement

Holzman wrote the lyrics to the musical "Wicked."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 21, 2014 1:25 PM
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The Tony Award Nominations: Women Writers Are Missing

Not a single play written by a woman was nominated. Not a single play written by a woman was produced.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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Donna Tartt, Annie Baker Win Pulitzers

Tartt's epic novel "The Goldfinch" and Baker's wry play "The Flick" won the Best Fiction and Best Drama prizes, respectively.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 15, 2014 2:00 PM
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Women Dominate This Year's Olivier Awards

"Chimerica's" Lucy Kirkwood and Lyndsey Turner won Best Play and Best Director, respectively, at the UK's most prestigious theater awards.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 14, 2014 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Women DIrectors: Meet Elizabeth Swados (My Depression)

"By keeping it extremely personal, but using line drawings and goofy cartoons, I could get away from the usual cliches that are associated when people talk about their experiences with mental illness."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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