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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 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 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

Second Mary Shelley Biopic to Star Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner

The Frankenstein author is apparently Hollywood's writer du jour.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 13, 2014 3:43 PM
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Does Amazon Already Have a Female Creator Problem?

Why have only 2 of its 17 pilots thus far been written by female creators?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 11, 2014 2:34 PM
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John Oliver's Search for New Voices in Late Night

"Last Week Tonight" illustrates the importance of gender-blind hiring.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 8, 2014 2:28 PM
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Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein to Finish One of Nora Ephron's Last Scripts

An adaptation of "Lost in Austen" will be Brownstein's first screenplay.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 6, 2014 2:00 PM
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Stephenie Meyer to Produce Lois Duncan's Down a Dark Hall

The YA novel follows Kit Gordy, the newest student at a four-student school full of prodigies and supernatural occurrences.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 1, 2014 2:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: Peek Inside the Hallowed Halls of Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club

Where wealthy pricks learn to be wealthy pricks.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 30, 2014 10:08 AM
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Showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh's Journey from Connecticut "Black Nerd" to 50 Cent Collaborator

Agboh is the Emmy-nominated showrunner of the Starz series "Power."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 29, 2014 1:15 PM
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Women in Film and Video Seeks DC-Area Screenwriters

The inaugural Spotlight on Screenwriters program is a prime opportunity for DC-area screenwriters to get their projects in front of major producers.
  • By Erin Essenmacher
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  • July 28, 2014 11:25 AM
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Very Good Girls' Naomi Foner on What She Learned as a First-Time Filmmaker and Why There Are So Few Women Directors

"Very Good Girls"
"Women are largely missing from our screens except for sidekicks and girlfriends. I can't remember an American film where I saw a realistic version of this transition from a female point of view."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: New Spot for Chloe Grace Moretz's Teen Melodrama If I Stay

Life-or-death situations are rarely as literal as the one teenage Mia (Moretz) faces: Should she live or die?
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 25, 2014 10:00 AM
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