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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Women and Hollywood

Orange is the New Black, Scandal, Borgen Among Peabody Winners

Nearly half of the Peabody winners this year are by and/or about women.
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  • April 2, 2014 2:30 PM
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The High and Low Points of 2013

As we close out this year, I thought it might be useful to tease out some of the high and low points and give shout-outs to a couple of people who have touched us this year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 31, 2013 10:39 AM
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TV Superlatives of 2013

2013 was just chock-full of ridiculously terrific television, much of it by and about women.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • December 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Women-Centric TV Shows Dominate WGAs

If the so-called Golden Age of Television -- a cultural epoch that deconstructed masculinity while reveling in violence and guilt -- is now over, we appear to be living in a second Golden Age -- one for women on TV.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 10, 2013 11:19 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter Announced the Top 50 Showrunners

The Hollywood Reporter has announced their 50 power showrunners of 2013 for comedy and drama. 12 women out of 50 were on the list. And four women of 10 were on the 2014 Showrunners to Watch list.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 22, 2013 1:00 PM
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Alysia Reiner Talks About Being a Part of Orange is the New Black

In Orange is the New Black - the new Netflix sensation that takes place in a women’s prison, Alysia Reiner's character is incredibly callous. She plays Natalie "FIG" Figueroa, the tough assistant warden of the prison, who keeps a tight rein on everything that goes inside the prison.
  • By Holly Rosen Fink
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  • July 29, 2013 10:42 AM
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Trailer Watch: Netflix's Orange is the New Black - Created by Jenji Kohan

Netflix is continuing to add to their growing original programming with Orange is the New Black created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds) and based on Piper Kerman's memoir. It's their first female led show.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • June 7, 2013 12:30 PM
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