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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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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.
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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.
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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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Kathleen Kennedy Moves to Disney

Back in June we reported that Kathleen Kennedy had been named co-chair of LucasFilms. Word came last week that LucasFilm has now been bought by Disney for over $4 billion dollars, and Kennedy will be running her studio alongside the other beasts that Disney owns Marvel and Pixar.
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  • November 5, 2012 2:00 PM
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Jenna Elfman to Host Women in Film 2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards June 12

Actress Jenna Elfman who will return to TV next season as the First Lady in the comedy 1600 Penn will be the host of the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards. If I lived in LA I would so be at this event supporting the work of Women in Film. It's one of the rare occasions to celebrate women in the business.
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  • June 7, 2012 1:53 PM
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What Do the New Changes at Sony Mean for Amy Pascal?

Yesterday, the news broke that Michael Lynton who is now co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment along with Amy Pascal will be promoted to running all of Sony's entertainment operations in the US.  These new changes are being made as Howard Stringer retires and hands over the reigns of the company to Kazuo Hirai who will focus more on the electronics side of the business.  Nicole Seligman who is now the general counsel will also add responsibilities to her role.
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  • March 22, 2012 10:38 AM
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Women in Film (LA) Names New Board Members

This board is full of some seriously powerful women.  The new members (below) join the board for 2012.  The board is led by producer Cathy Schulman.
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  • February 16, 2012 12:10 PM
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A Studio Run By Women

Elizabeth Gabler just renewed her contract as the President of Fox 2000. This is the studio which is under the main Fox studio focuses on films targeted at the female audience. Its nickname is "Foxy Fox."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • February 15, 2012 10:30 AM
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The End of An Era: Judy McGrath Exits as MTV CEO

Judy McGrath has been with MTV practically since its inception, and yesterday, after 30 years she abruptly resigned as the chairwoman and chief executive of MTV Networks. I can't remember a time when McGrath didn't set the tone at MTV which in turn set the tone for two generations of pop culture and music on TV. The network was much more influential back in the day when there were not as many cable choice. But it has smartly morphed in recent years to include hit reality and scripted shows. And while music may take a back seat nowadays, the MTV brand remains strong and one big reason was the steady leadership and dedication of McGrath.
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  • May 6, 2011 2:50 AM
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Debbie Liebling Pushed Out at Universal After Fast Five Opens at $86 Million

Timing is everything. This Monday, Universal's President of Production, Debbie Liebling, lost her job the day after Universal's Fast Five had the biggest opening of the year. She was on the job for just 18 months. She was fired by chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley who are reorganizing. She was replaced by two guys -- Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum.
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  • May 5, 2011 3:40 AM
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