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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

Trailer Watch: The Killing Has More Killings on Its Fourth and Final Season on Netflix

New castmembers for the six-episode season include Joan Allen and Frances Fisher.
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  • July 8, 2014 1:06 PM
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Three Female Screenwriters Considered for Fifty Shades of Grey Adaptation

We previously reported that the producing duo from The Social Network, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would be producing the film adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and we hoped that this duo would do right by women this time around in both their writing and directing choices.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 9, 2012 10:16 AM
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Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Panel -- Four White Guys and Two Women of Color

It's great to see Shonda Rhimes and Veena Sud here. Honestly, I don't know how they could have done a panel with drama showrunners without including Rhimes since she has three shows on the air. Is there anyone else with three shows on the air?
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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Season Two of The Killing Returns April 1

Mad Men, Game of Thrones and now The Killing all returning within the next two weeks.  Awesome.  As the tag line says, The Killing is just the beginning.  Can't wait to see what Veena Sud and company have in store for us this season.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 21, 2012 9:43 AM
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The Top 50 TV Showrunners: The Women

The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of the top 50 showrunners in comedy and drama.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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The Killing Ends Its First Season

The Killing ended its first season last night and surprise! it did not wrap up anything and only created more questions. I really thought we would get some closure but I am impressed that people were left frustrated. This show has really polarized people and that's really a good thing. One of the best things about The Killing is the female lead Detective Linden played by Mireille Enos. She is a different type of female lead. She's not light and breezy like other cops like Brenda Lee Johnson on The Closer and she doesn't have the smart retorts like Jane Rizzoli of Rizzoli and Isles. I don't think she smiled once, and I'm pretty sure she didn't wear any makeup. If anything, she reminds me of Kay Howard played by Melissa Leo in Homicide. She just kept her head down, tried to solve the case while trying to hold the rest of her life together.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 20, 2011 2:30 AM
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More: Veena Sud

Preview for The Killing

This show is created by Veena Sud who did Cold Case and it is based on a Danish show. The show stars Mireille Enos (Big Love) and the pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins who directed Charlize Theron in Monster. The entire season is dedicated to solving the murder of one girl. Starts this Sunday night on AMC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 31, 2011 2:26 AM
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