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

Catching Fire Does Super Hero Numbers and Becomes Highest Opening Weekend Starring a Female Lead

It's been a big fall for movies starring women at the box office. Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence has seized the mantle and with an opening weekend gross of $161 million and has broken all November box office records.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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Directing the Future Panelists Are Beating the Odds

According to an oft-cited statistic, women comprise only 9% of directors in the film industry. But the participants of the "Directing the Future" panel at Pepperdine University School of Law's Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System symposium haven't let those numbers stop them.
  • By Lauren C. Byrd
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  • November 19, 2013 1:00 PM
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5 Things Melissa Rosenberg Should Do with Her Jessica Jones Show for Netflix

The pairing between Jssica Jones as a character and Netflix as an outlet presents real opportunities for writer Melissa Rosenberg to expand the questions superhero shows and movies ask, as well as the emotions and issues they’re willing and able to explore.
  • By Alyssa Rosenberg
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  • November 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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TV Pilot News Roundup for October 7

Here's some exciting women written and produced TV pilot news that's happened in the last couple weeks.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 7, 2013 10:00 AM
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Looking Back at 2012: Some of Our Favorite Pieces of the Year

Looking back over the last year we are some of our favorite and buzz worthy pieces that ran on the site. We think they are a great overview of what went on for women in and around Hollywood in 2012.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • December 27, 2012 10:41 AM
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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

I had the opportunity to speak with the hugely successful and very interesting screenwriter and TV writer Melissa Rosenberg last week while she was on the set of her new show Red Widow. 
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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A New Post Twilight Hollywood

We have finally reached the end of an important moment in film history.  I know that many people dismiss the Twilight saga for a multitude of reasons - it's about vampires, it is focused on a girl's story, it's a romance, it's just not good, etc., etc. - but to me, that is just a shortsighted look at what this franchise has done.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 16, 2012 6:36 AM
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New TV Shows Created by Women for 2012-2013

It's that tme of the year again.  When your favorite shows get cancelled, and shows that you have no idea why they exist get renewed again for another  year.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • May 14, 2012 9:45 AM
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Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg Becomes Highest Grossing Female Screenwriter

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Melissa Rosenberg, the writer of all five Twilight movies has now surpassed Linda Woolverton as the top grossing female screenwriter with her films grossing a total of $2.56 billion worldwide.  Woolverton total take is $2.39 billion.  She mostly known for writing successful animated films (The Lion King) and is also the writer of the Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 22, 2011 11:34 AM
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Breaking Dawn Scores 5th Highest Opening Weekend Ever

Women dominated the box office this weekend.  Breaking Dawn grossed $139.5 million here in the US and another $144 million overseas making it the 5th highest opening domestic weekend EVER.  It was only a couple of million off the opening of New Moon which holds the 4th largest opening weekend.  It's great overseas number makes it number 10 on the list of opening weekends worlwide.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • November 21, 2011 9:51 AM
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