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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 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

Rashida Jones Speaks Out Against the "Pornification" of the Music Industry

Near nudity is the new normal.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 9, 2013 12:30 PM
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Emily Goldwyn and Sasha Spielberg's Girls Without Boys Picked Up by ABC and WBTV

ABC and WBTV have teamed up to develop Girls Without Boys, a half-hour sitcom from writers Emily Goldwyn and Sasha Spielberg.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • September 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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TV Pilot Roundup for August 22: New Shows from Rashida Jones, Lauren Graham and Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland

Here's some of the most notable news from this week about TV pilot pickups.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 22, 2013 11:23 AM
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Rashida Jones Makes Directorial Debut with Sara Bareilles 'Brave' Music Video

Rashida Jones announced her directorial debut with Sara Bareilles' "Brave" music video on Twitter earlier this week.. It's a bright, poppy song with an equally uplifting video to match.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 16, 2013 10:11 AM
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  • 1 Comment

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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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Here's the first installment where we (the folks who bring you Women and Hollywood) give our opinions (sometimes similiar) of a film opening.
  • By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas
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  • August 3, 2012 10:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: Celeste and Jesse Forever - co-written by Rashida Jones

Looks adorable. Opens August 3.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • June 25, 2012 9:12 AM
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Sundance Deals 2012: The Women

Here's the list of women directed and women written films that got picked up out of Sundance. I'm sure there will be more to come.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • January 31, 2012 10:00 AM
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Good News: Women Directed and Women Written Films Fill Sundance Premiere Section

While there weren't enough films directed and written by women in the competition as I would have hoped, the list of premieres looks at bit different.  Check out the description for Bachelorette- could it be any more like Bridesmaids?  It better be good cause if this starts a trend of more crappy wedding films...
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • December 6, 2011 10:00 AM
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  • 1 Comment

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