Hot Films of the Cold War

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famed “The Sinews of Peace” address to an audience at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, during which he said, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent,... More

This Year, Say It with a Kiss

Before Valentine’s Day was taken over by the chocolate-industrial complex, it was a Christian saint’s feast day honoring two[1] different St. Valentines — a Roman priest and an Umbrian bishop, both named Valentinus — who were both beheaded by the Roman Emperor Claudius Go... More

EIDR’s Got You Covered: 2024 Oscar Nominations

Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards are out and this year 53 different movies have been recognized with 120 individual nominations in 23 separate categories, led by Oppenheimer with 13 nominations, second only to Titanic (1997) with 14 nominations (which resulted in 11 wins, ... More

EIDR Welcomes Fellow Primetime Emmy Award Winners

The 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was held on January 15, 2024, following shortly after the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on January 6. To everyone who won a Primetime Emmy award this year, we at The Entertainment Identifier Registry Association say, “Welcome... More

Christmas Cartoons

As the holiday season hits its peak, with Lifetime and Halmark channels chock-a-block full of Christmas movies (with the occasional sprinkle of Hanukkah[1] movies mixed in as well) starting in October, we turn our nostalgic attention to the staple of the holiday television schedu... More

H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island. While not a particularly successful writer in his own lifetime, he is now considered one of the most influential American horror writers and a key figure in the development of “cosmic horror”.... More

Fun Facts About the Netherlands

In anticipation of our trip to the Netherlands earlier this month to present the Authenticated Data Specification (ADS) at the 2023 IBC conference in Amsterdam, I researched fun facts about the Netherlands. There were the expected factoids about tulips, windmills, and wooden shoe... More

Engineer’s Room: Nordic Noir

Nordic noir[1] could be described as “Film noir, but more bleak – and in color.” More precisely, Nordic noir (also called “Scandi noir” or “Scandinavian noir”) began as a literary genre of crime fiction,[2] generally (but not always) police procedurals following a c... More

Closing the Loop

The EIDR registry went live in 2010. In the early days, it was tough for some companies to commit to EIDR because there wasn’t much data in the registry. But over the past 13 years, the registry has grown to more than 70 participating companies and there are now 2.8 million reg... More

Artificial Intelligence: An (Often) Cautionary Tale

Much has been made of late about the recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI). With openly available programs like DALL-E 2 for image generation and ChatGPT for text generation,[1]concerns have been raised that the AI behind these and similar program have the potential to ... More

The French Old Wave

The French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague) was developed in the late 1950s and carried on through the 1960s. The first major cornerstone of the New Wave was Alexandre Astruc’s article, “The Birth of a New Avant-Garde: The Camera-Stylo[1]”, published in L'Écran in 1948. The ma... More

Engineer’s Room: Let’s Talk About …

Normally, in this space we talk about movies and television program linked by some sort of unifying theme. This month, we’re going to talk about programs that talk about programs: specifically, podcasts dedicated to media & entertainment. Podcasts[1] are essentially talk r... More