Eric Hoyt

Media and Cultural Studies; Film

Associate Professor

ehoyt@wisc.edu

608-262-1637

6052 Vilas Hall

Professor Erik Hoyt

Expertise and Activities

My teaching and research concentrate on digital media production, media history, and the intersections between media history and the digital humanities.

I am the author of Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries before Home Video, which explores the content libraries owned by the Hollywood studios and how the value of old movies changed over time. I am also a co-editor of Hollywood and the Law and The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities. My current book projects intersect with the digital projects I am working on and explore the preservation of podcasts and the history of Hollywood trade papers.

I am the Director of the Media History Digital Library, which has digitized over 2.5 million pages of out-of-copyright film and broadcasting periodicals for broad public access. I also designed and produced the MHDL’s search and visualization platform, Lantern. You can read more about my research and teaching on my website, http://erichoyt.org.

Education

  • Ph.D. Division of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, 2012
  • M.F.A. Peter Stark Producing Program, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, 2008
  • B.S. Radio-TV-Film, School of Communication, Northwestern University, 2005.

Books

In progress. Motion Papers: The Triumph of Hollywood’s Trade Press.

2020. Jeremy Wade Morris and Eric Hoyt, eds., Saving New Sounds: Dispatches from the PodcastRE Project (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, under contract and forthcoming in 2020).

2016. Charles R. Acland and Eric Hoyt, eds., The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities (Falmer: REFRAME/Project Arclight, 2016). Open access PDF and EPUB downloadable at http://projectarclight.org/book.

2015. Paul McDonald, Emily Carman, Eric Hoyt, and Philip Drake, eds., Hollywood and the Law (London: BFI/Palgrave, 2015).

2014. Eric Hoyt, Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries before Home Video (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014).

Honors/Awards

  • ACLS Digital Extension Grant. Amount: $150,0000. Role: PI. Partner: Kelley Conway (Co-PI). Duration: 2019—2021. Awarded for “Enhancing and Globalizing the Media History Digital Library.”
  • NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant. Amount: $217,000. Role: Co-PI. Partner: Stephanie Sapienza (PI) at the Maryland Institute of Technology. Duration: 2018—2020. Awarded for Unlocking the Airwaves: Revitalizing an Early Public and Educational Radio Collection.
  • NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant. Amount: $74,972. Role: Co-PI. Partner: Jeremy Morris (PI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Duration: 2017—2019. Awarded for PodcastRE Analytics: Investigating the Golden Age of Podcasting through Metadata and Sound.
  • Mary Pickford Foundation Grant. Amount: $5,000. Role: PI. Duration: 2019—2020. Awarded for Media History Digital Library open access scanning of press books.
  • University of California – California Digital Library Grant. Amount: $10,000. Role: PI. Duration: 2019—2020. Awarded for the Media History Digital Library’s open access scanning of TV Guide from the collection of the Prelinger Library.
  • University of Toronto Digitization Grant. Amount: $5,000. Role: PI. Duration: 2018—2019. Awarded for the Media History Digital Library’s open access scanning of Hollywood Studio Magazine.
  • Best Use of DH for Fun, Digital Humanities Awards, 2018. Awarded for PodcastRE.
  • Mary Pickford Foundation Grant. Amount: $10,000. Role: PI. Duration: 2017—2018. Awarded for Media History Digital Library Website Redesign.
  • Digging into Data Grant. Amount: $200,000. Role: PI of US Research Team. Sponsors: IMLS, and SSHRC. Partner: Charles Acland (PI of Canadian Research Team), Concordia University. Duration: 2014—2016. Awarded for Project Arclight: Analytics for the Study of 20th Century Media.
  • Finalist for the Richard Wall Memorial Award (given for an exemplary work in the field of recorded performance), Theatre Library Association, 2015. Awarded for Hollywood Vault: Film Libraries before Home Video.
  • Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2014. Awarded for Lantern. The first time ever the award went to a digital project instead of a book.
  • Best Website for Teaching & Learning, American Association of School Librarians, 2014. Awarded for the Media History Digital Library.
  • Best Electronic Reference Site, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, 2014. Awarded for Lantern.
  • Michael Nelson Prize for a Work in Media and History, International Association for Media and History, 2013. Awarded for the Media History Digital Library.
  • Best Electronic Reference Site, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, 2012. Awarded for the Media History Digital Library.
  • Student Writing Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2009. Awarded for the essay “Writer in the Hole: Desny v. Wilder, Copyright Law, and the Battle Over Ideas.”

Articles

  • 2015. “Distribution’s Return Trip: Two Hollywood Studios, Money, and Japan, 1921—1941.” Velvet Light Trap, 75 (Spring 2015): 5—20, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/the_velvet_light_trap/v075/75.hoyt.html.
  • 2014. “Lenses for Lantern: Data Mining, Visualization, and Excavating Film History’s Neglected Sources.” Film History, 26, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 146—168, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/filmhistory.26.2.146.
  • 2014. “The Thieves of Bombay: Douglas Fairbanks, Colonial Copyright, and Film Piracy in India, 1927-1935 (Co-authored with Nitin Govil).” Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, 5, no. 1 (2014): 5—27, http://bio.sagepub.com/content/5/1/5.full.pdf.
  • 2014. “Visualizing and Analyzing the Hollywood Screenplay with ScripThreads (Co-authored with Kevin Ponto and Carrie Roy).” Digital Humanities Quarterly, 8, no. 4, http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/8/4/000190/000190.html.
  • 2014. “Scaled Entity Search: A Method for Media Historiography and Response to Critiques of Big Humanities Data Research (Co-authored with Kit Hughes, Derek Long, Kevin Ponto, and Anthony Tran).” Proceedings of IEEE Big Humanities Data, https://bighumanities.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hoyt.pdf.
  • 2013. “Bootstrapping a Digital Archive? 5 Things to Consider.” The Spectator, 33, no. 2, 31-37.
  • 2013. “Media + History + Digital + Library: An Experiment in Synthesis (Co-authored with Carl Hagenmaier and Wendy Hagenmaier).” Journal of E-Media Studies, 3, no. 1, https://commarts.wisc.edu/10.1349/PS1.1938-6060.A.430.
  • 2011. “Writer in the Hole: Desny v. Wilder, Copyright Law, and the Battle Over Ideas.” Cinema Journal, 50, no. 2, 21-40.
  • 2011. “Engaging the Public Domain.” International Journal of Learning and Media, 3, no. 1, 47-55.
  • 2010. “Hollywood and the Income Tax, 1929—1955.” Film History, 22, no. 1, 5-20.
  • 2010. “The Future of Selling the Past: Studio Libraries in the 21st Century.” Jump Cut, 50, http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc52.2010/hoytStudioLibraries/.

Courses

CA 155 – Introduction to Digital Media Production

CA 450: Cultural History of American Broadcasting

CA 468: Producing for Internet TV and Video

CA 557: Contemporary Media Industries

CA 609: Digital Media Production for Graduate Students

Links

My Website
Lantern
Media History Digital Library

Curriculum Vitae