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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 Female Playwright Will Be on Broadway Next Season

After a disappointing year where not a single female written new play was produced on Broadway, word comes in now that next season will at least have some female representation.
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  • June 29, 2011 1:51 AM
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Season Preview: NBC's Lineup

Smash - written by Theresa Rebeck (midseason)
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  • May 17, 2011 12:11 PM
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Pilot Pickups: Fox and NBC

Here are the women created and written shows that got pick ups in the last two days. Note that all four of the shows picked up by NBC are written by women and all will star women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 12, 2011 2:30 AM
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Text of Theresa Rebeck Laura Pels Keynote Address

Last night I saw someone do something very brave. My friend, Theresa Rebeck, a very successful playwright, TV writer and novelist, got up in front of a group of theatre people and talked about gender. She talked about how her career has been hampered because she is a woman. She talked about how she became toxic after a bad NY Times review. She talked about the abysmal number of plays produced by women. She talked about the missing women's plays.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 16, 2010 3:08 AM
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