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

Anne Sweeney: Leaning in by Leaning Out

Anne Sweeney to leave the number 2 position at Disney to become a TV director.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • March 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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Donna Langley Becomes Second Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

A New York Times profile of Langley coincided with the announcement that her contract at NBCUniversal has been renewed until 2017.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 28, 2014 11:00 AM
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Infographic: Women and Hollywood - Better Luck Next Year...Or Next Decade

Check out this original Women and Hollywood infographic to see how frustratingly little has changed in the film and TV industries for female creative talent.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 16, 2013 10:36 AM
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The Hollywood Decision Makers

The studio final decisionmakers
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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Sundance Interview Rerun: Concussion - Directed by Stacie Passon, Produced by Rose Troche, Starring Robin Weigert

Concussion was one of my favorite movies at Sundance this year. It was truly a revelation. Robin Weigert who we have seen for so many years as a supporting character in shows like Deadwood, takes the lead as a suburban lesbian mom whose life has become rote.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 3, 2013 12:00 PM
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Guest Post: "It's A Great Career, But I Earned It": A Power Talk With Sheila Nevins

After listening to Sheila Nevins speak for even five minutes, it's not hard to understand why she's so successful in the documentary world. She is, in a word, frank, but also gifted with the kind of wit and wry delivery that lends her instant credence—a perfect balance between fact and craft, which is a hallmark of good nonfiction filmmaking. Her inherent knack for the genre is also apparent in her impressive resume: an HBO executive since 1979 and the president of HBO Documentary Films since 2005, Nevins has produced hundreds of titles and garnered dozens of honors, including 10 Academy Awards, 23 Primetime Emmys, 18 Peabody Awards for HBO, and even one for herself.
  • By Anneliese Cooper
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  • March 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick Take on New Roles at NBC

Bonnie Hammer will be taking on running the full NBCU’s cable portfolio. Hammer, who previously oversaw USA Network, Syfy, E!, G4, Cloo, Chiller, Universal HD, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, will now also be overseeing Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout and TV One. All these will be under the new name Cable Entertainment Group.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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Sundance Interview with Sarah Barnett, General Manager of the Sundance Channel

We got to spend a couple of minutes at Sundance with the woman behind the Sundance Channel, Sarah Barnett. We don't get to talk to executives too often so it was really nice to get her perspective.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 6, 2013 1:30 PM
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UK's Women in Film and Television Awards Honors 15 Women

At the U.K.’s 22nd annual Women in Film and Television Awards, fifteen women were honored from all aspects of television and film.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 10, 2012 11:00 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter Announces Top Women in Entertainment for 2012

The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled the top ten of their 21st annual Top 100 Women in Entertainment. The honorees will join one another at a breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which will honor Diane Keaton with the Sherry Lansing Leadership award. Mindy Kaling, Sandra Fluke and Kerry Washington will speak.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 5, 2012 11:54 AM
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