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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

'Variety' Columnist: Female Comics Shouldn't Tell Dirty Jokes

Sarah Silverman is arguably the most famous female comic working today. But she still gets no respect, at least not from Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry, who wrote an embarrassing "review" of Silverman's latest HBO special, 'We Are Miracles.'
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
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Women Comedy Creators Soar This Season on TV

Something is happening on TV and we need to acknowledge it.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 11, 2011 2:21 AM
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Remember This Name - Whitney Cummings

So the TV lineups for next season are set and the writers and producers are getting to work trying to make their shows the ones that stick. One of the interesting things to note from the upfronts this year is that there is a new rising star -- Whitney Cummings. Cummings is the star and creator of the Whitney which will air on NBC, and the second is 2 Broke Girls starring the awesome Kat Dennings which Cummings created with Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City).
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 31, 2011 4:03 AM
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