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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

Standing Up and For Women

When I first started Women and Hollywood I knew that I wanted to the site to support women and their roles and accomplishments in pop culture but I really did not know exactly what that meant.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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Theresa Rebeck on Leaving Smash and New Play, Dead Accounts

  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 29, 2012 9:14 PM
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Two Women Written Shows Bound for Broadway This Fall

Katie Holmes' first professional engagement in her post Tom Cruise life will be on the Broadway stage in Theresa Rebeck's latest play Dead Accounts. The play premiered in January in Cincinnati and will play at the Music Box Theatre in NYC this fall. Rebeck's play Seminar starring Alan Rickman ran on Broadway last season. She is also the creator of the NBC show Smash.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 23, 2012 11:08 AM
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The Third Annual Lilly Awards

In advance of the Tony Awards next Sunday where no women writers were nominated, The Third Annual Lilly Awards (named after playwright Lillian Hellman) were handed out in NYC. The awards are conferred by the Committee for Recognizing Women in Theater which is made up of 25 professionals working in the theatre.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 6, 2012 12:41 PM
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Tony Nominations: Good for Female Directors, Horrible for Female Writers

Last June after a season where not a single female playwright was produced on Broadway it was announced that there would be at least five women with plays in the just ended 2011-2012 season.  Four of the expected plays opened: The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond, Relatively Speaking co-written by Elaine May and Seminar by Theresa Rebeck.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 2, 2012 9:42 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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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 Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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Trailer Watch: Katharine McPhee in Smash

Katharine McPhee gets the star treatment in this video from Smash (which is created by Theresa Rebeck.)  Show will premiere on February 6.  Check out all the other great stars in it.  Debra Messing.  Anjelica Huston.  And did you notice a famous comedian in there?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 28, 2011 4:17 PM
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Update: Five Female Playwrights Will be on Broadway This Fall

Here is an update to yesterday's post about Theresa Rebeck's play opening on Broadway. It seems that there will be several female written plays opening on the great white way this fall. Great news. At least there will be women eligible to be nominated for a Tony next year. I just wish that we didn't have to get all excited about seeing women's work produced. It should be the norm.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 30, 2011 2:15 AM
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