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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-Created, Sitcom Voices Silenced: Apartment 23 and Ben and Kate Pulled From Line Up

This was a sad week in television for me. Two of my favorite sitcoms, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 and Ben and Kate were pulled from ABC and Fox’s schedules effective immediately. As of now there are no plans to air any remaining episodes and while both networks have yet to confirm cancellation, Twitter buzz from both creators and stars of both shows indicates the inevitable.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • January 25, 2013 11:00 AM
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Mindy Kaling's The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie

Mindy Kaling’s Black List script The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie now has Anne Hathaway attached to star. Co-written with Kaling’s former The Office co-worker Brent Forrester, Gillespie follows a woman whose debilitating low self-esteem leads her to date a string of terrible losers. When she’s about to give up, a beautiful guy begins pursuing her.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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Guest Post: 2012-2013 Fall TV Created by Women

Fall TV season has arrived. As we excitedly dive into a fresh season, what is the state of female participation in creative content? I gathered a list of new shows and looked at their creative teams, noting the number of women that serve as show creators, writers, directors, or producers. And gosh, the results were depressing.
  • By Heather McLendon
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  • September 21, 2012 10:45 AM
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  • 193 Comments

The Athena Film Festival Awardees and Lineup

Most of you dear loyal readers and friends know that I am the artistic director of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College.  It is something very near and dear to my heart and keeps me quite busy this time of the year.  The second annual festival will take place from February 9-12.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 10, 2012 12:19 PM
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