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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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Callie Khouri Talks Nashville Season 2 Conclusion (No Spoilers)

Hey ABC - renew the show already!
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 7, 2014 11:24 AM
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Athena FF: Callie Khouri on the Difference between Women Characters in Film vs. TV

Asked what changes she might make to the ending of "Thelma and Louise," Khouri replied, "Have them drive faster."
  • By Angela Bonavoglia
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  • February 10, 2014 11:37 PM
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Interview: Callie Khouri on Female Likability and Nashville's Upcoming Guest Stars

The "Nashville" creator speaks with Melissa Silverstein about what to expect in the second half of her show's sophomore year, the demand for female likability, and the one women-directed film that's been shut out of Oscar season this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 14, 2014 1:33 PM
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TV: Why You Should Watch Nashville

'Nashville' is a remarkably sophisticated exploration of how women are processed into the entertainment-industrial complex, and what happens to them when they try to carve out independent identities within it.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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Sherri Lansing, Keri Putnam, Callie Khouri, Kasi Lemmons to be Honored at Athena FF

The Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival will present former Paramount and 20th Century Fox chief Sherry Lansing with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as salute Sundance Executive Director Keri Putnam, Nashville showrunner Callie Khouri, and Black Nativity director Kasi Lemmons.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Callie Khouri Talks Season Two of Nashville

Season Two of Nashville starts tonight at 10pm on ABC, and if you care about shows with strong women creators and shows created and run by women, you need to support this show. The women are everywhere. We were able to have a short phone chat with Callie yesterday, on the eve of season two.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 25, 2013 11:00 AM
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Women Make Small Incremental Gains Onscreen and Behind the Scenes

As the new TV season starts, we get the annual look Boxed In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes and OnScreen Women in 2012-13 Prime-time Television from Dr. Martha Lauzen at San Diego State (god bless her, she's now done this for 16 years since 1997-98) that shows how women fared behind the scenes and onscreen.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • September 6, 2013 5:35 PM
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Why Women in Power Positions Matter

While we are stil digesting the bad news from yesterday with the release of statistics on the low amount of women onscreen in films, TV continues to be the bright spot regarding women's representation onscreen. But as the film study showed, having women in leadership behinds the scenes matters to what we see onscreen, and the recently renewed Nashville is a sterling example of the importance of women's leadership.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 15, 2013 11:00 AM
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Interview with Callie Khouri - Creator of Nashville

Women and Hollywood is a big fan of Nashville (we love Connie Britton) and Callie Khouri.  We were excited to get an opportunity to talk with Ms. Khouri as the show returns with a new episode tonight at 10pm on ABC.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 9, 2013 2:00 PM
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Academy Award Winning Writer Callie Khouri Slams Movies About Women As Relegated to Trash Heap

Callie Khouri gave the movie business a lot of years of her life.  It's been an up and down relationship.  The up - winning an Academy Award for writing Thelma and Louise.  The down - wanting to direct and getting pigeon holed into the chick flick box because she had made a movie about women.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 25, 2012 2:00 PM
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