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Founder/Editor – Melissa Silverstein

Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood. She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival — A Celebration of Women and

— at Barnard College in NYC. The sixth annual conference will take place February 18-21, 2016.  

Melissa was
selected to be a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, the major film
diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State. And she 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

She has a regular column on, and
has written for The Washington Post, NY
Times, More Magazine and has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as
in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune,
Washington Post, NY Times and many other publications. She was a
contributor to “The Tattooed Girl: The
Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of
Our Time.”

Click here to book Melissa for a speaking engagement.

Contact Melissa at 

News Editor – Casey Cipriani 

Casey Cipriani is a New York-based arts and entertainment journalist with a passion for sci-fi, fairy tales and nerdy things. Casey got a Master’s Degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where she concentrated in Arts & Culture. She interned at the New York Daily News and Indiewire, where she became Assistant Editor after graduation.

In addition to working at Women and Hollywood, she is a Film Features Writer at Bustle. Her writing has also been seen at Indiewire, Criticwire, Vulture, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Filmmaker Magazine, Salon, Slate, Movie Mezzanine, Refinery 29, No Film School and Screen Rant. She conducts interviews, reviews film and television, writes essays and covers film festivals around the world.

– Laura Berger

Laura Berger is an editor at Women and Hollywood. Her writing has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Popmatters, “Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion” (Titan Books) and “Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters” (Kendall Hunt Publishing) 


Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart handles the weekly TV beat at Women and
Hollywood. She also works at the New York Post where she is a film critic
and features writer. She is also an occasional contributor to Cosmopolitan
magazine and has in the past written for Time Out New York, The Week, New York,
Chicago Social, The Improper Bostonian and the (sadly, now defunct) Boston

Dorothy Snarker 

Dorothy Snarker is Women and Hollywood’s queer columnist. She writes at and
is a regular contributor at
Also find her @dorothysnarker.


Eboni Boykin

Eboni Boykin is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is an undergraduate at Columbia University, studying English Literature. She has interned in the television industry with Lifetime Movie Network, HLN and MSNBC. She has also been an intern blogger covering gender and media at and plans to pursue writing for the screen after graduation. She tweets @eboniboykin

Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is a doctoral candidate working in film and media studies at the University of Oregon. She has previously written for The Atlantic and Slate. You can follow her on Twitter @diana_emmeline.

Siân Melton

Siân Melton is an intern at Women and Hollywood. She is the founder of The MUFF Society, a monthly film series and community that celebrates and champions women in film. Siân fell in love with independent film and the filmmaker/audience experience through working at film festivals across North America over the past six years. She contributed to the TIFF Vanguard and TIFF Midnight Madness blogs from 2012 to 2014 and has covered women-centric films for Cinefilles at Sundance since 2015. When she isn’t advocating for women in film, she’s probably binge-watching “Broad City” or talking about herself in the third person. She tweets at @sharnacious and @MUFFSociety.


All pitches should be directed to Melissa Silverstein at 


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