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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

Women Comprise Majority of WGA's 2014 Writer Access Project Honorees

The Writer Access Project discovers and awards mid-level writers from one of five diversity categories, including women.
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  • March 19, 2014 11:00 AM
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Sarah Polley, Breaking Bad's Gennifer Hutchison Win Big at WGA Awards

"Stories We Tell" and "Breaking Bad" were feted as the 2014 Writers Guild favorites this weekend.
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  • February 4, 2014 10:00 AM
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WGA Nominates Women Screenwriters for Dallas Buyers Club, Before Midnight

The Writers Guild of America announced their 2014 award nominees today. Only two female screenwriters -- "Dallas Buyers Club" co-writer Melisa Wallack and "Before Midnight" co-writer/star Julie Delpy -- were honored.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 3, 2014 4:18 PM
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The 2013 Writers Guild Awards

At the annual Writers Guild Award’s, women writers did well this year -- in television. Film, not so much. Lena Dunham’s Girls won best new series, one of Mad Men’s best (and controversial) episodes of last season ‘The Other Woman’ co-written by Semi Chellas picked up the episodic drama award, and Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein won for best comedy/variety series. (Check out their feminist bookstore spoof immediately).
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 19, 2013 11:00 AM
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WGA Awards to Hold Tribute to Nora Ephron

On Sunday, February 17, the Writer’s Guild of America, East will hold their annual awards ceremony. They’ve just announced that included in the ceremony will be a tribute to Nora Ephron, the beloved writer and director who died last June after a battle with leukemia.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • February 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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Two Women Nominated for 2013 Writers Guild Awards

Last week, the Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards. Out of all the categories, original, adapted and documentary screenplay—only two women were nominated this year, both in the documentary category. This is always a hard award to look at because not all films that you think would be nominated actually get nominated because of a variety of issues. In Contention lays out why some don't qualify: "Reasons for failing to qualify include the writer of the script not being a guild member or not retroactively handling the requisite process, among other things." Maybe that's one reason why we have so few women nominated.
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  • January 7, 2013 11:44 AM
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