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

Why Shailene Woodley is Wrong to Blast Twilight

There'd be no "Divergent" without "Twilight."
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  • March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
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Catching Fire Does Super Hero Numbers and Becomes Highest Opening Weekend Starring a Female Lead

It's been a big fall for movies starring women at the box office. Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence has seized the mantle and with an opening weekend gross of $161 million and has broken all November box office records.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Directing the Future Panelists Are Beating the Odds

According to an oft-cited statistic, women comprise only 9% of directors in the film industry. But the participants of the "Directing the Future" panel at Pepperdine University School of Law's Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System symposium haven't let those numbers stop them.
  • By Lauren C. Byrd
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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"No One Can Say it's a Level Playing Field" - Catherine Hardwicke Ignites Discussion on Women Directors

Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen and Twilight, spoke candidly to Variety about her career.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 2, 2013 12:30 PM
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Interview with Jerusha Hess - Writer and Director of Austenland

Women and Hollywood spoke with Austenland writer and director Jerusha Hess.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • August 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Only Counting on Women for Austenland

Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has made a calculated decision that the audience for the upcoming Jerusha Hess (who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite) directed film will be predominantly women. They are so sure of the decision that their marketing plan is focused only on women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 22, 2013 10:54 AM
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Weekly Update March 1: Women-Centric, Directed, Written Movies Playing Near You

  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • March 1, 2013 11:15 AM
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2012 The Year in Review

We took a look back on the news for women in and around Hollywood in 2012 and here are the topics we think resonated this past year. Let us know what you think and if we missed any big news of the year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 28, 2012 10:13 AM
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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

I had the opportunity to speak with the hugely successful and very interesting screenwriter and TV writer Melissa Rosenberg last week while she was on the set of her new show Red Widow. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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  • 34 Comments

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Crushes the Box Office

Unsurprisingly, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 killed it at the box office this weekend.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • November 19, 2012 3:32 PM
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