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Alumni in the News

New York Times profiles Melissa Silverstein '89, founder of Women and Hollywood

Melissa Silverstein '89 founded Women and Hollywood 10 years ago to advocate for gender parity in the film business. Photo by Amy Lombard/New York Times

By Brooks Barnes
The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — “It kind of feels like Rome is burning.”

Angela Robinson, a writer-director-producer whose credits include “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” and “True Blood,” was standing in front of roughly 200 people at the ArcLight Hollywood here on Wednesday night. And, like most people in the audience, she had Harvey Weinstein and the sexual misconduct bonfire that is raging in the entertainment industry on her mind.

“I’ve been reeling like everybody else,” Ms. Robinson said. “I don’t know when the fire is going to stop. I don’t know if I want it to stop.”

The night was supposed to be an unbridled celebration. Ms. Robinson was being honored alongside six other female filmmakers and women’s rights proponents at a ceremony and fund-raiser. It was held by Women and Hollywood, a 10-year-old nonprofit that advocates for gender parity in the film business.

“I spend all my time saying how much things need to change,” said Melissa Silverstein, the organization’s founder. “It was time to celebrate the endurance of our movement.”

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Categories: Alumni in the News
Date: October 30, 2017