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Hunt founded The Bits in 1997, in the early days of the DVD format, to bring together the Hollywood film community and movie fans from around the world. His daily column on The Bits is My Two Cents, which features 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD release news, as well as insider perspective, analysis, and opinion on the film and home video industries.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Hunt studied film at the University of Wisconsin – Madison under the noted cinema theorist and historian David Bordwell. While at Madison, he also worked as a video producer in the university’s Instructional Media Development Center (IMDC), as well as a projectionist in the Communication Arts Department, and an archivist (helping to catalog and preserve stored film elements) for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He began his professional career as a video producer and director in Minneapolis, where he guided commercial and industrial projects for 3M, Texaco, the NFL and the Minnesota Twins among other clients. He’s also worked on a handful of Hollywood film and TV productions including ABC’s police anthology series FBI: The Untold Stories.
In addition to The Bits, Hunt is the co-writer of the screenplay for the forthcoming Axanar independent film, has helped to co-develop animated TV series pitches (along with Todd Doogan and Adam Jahnke) in conjunction with Starburns Industries, and is currently working on his first novel, a work of science fiction. He has previously edited the Blu-ray and DVD-related pages of Geek Magazine, has served as the Inside DVD Contributing Editor to Widescreen Review, and has contributed reviews and articles to Home Media Magazine. He’s a home video industry consultant, a judge for numerous Blu-ray/DVD industry awards, speaks regularly at industry conferences and events (including CES and Blu-Con), has appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show TV program, and moderates the annual Digital Bits Blu-ray Producers panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Hunt is also involved in assorted additional endeavors involving writing, rocketry and applied rhubarbology.
Hunt lives with his wife Sarah and multiple animals in Irvine, California. You can find him on Facebook at Bill Hunt and TheDigitalBits.com. Bill is also on Twitter at @BillHuntBits and @thedigitalbits, though his Tweeting skills are marginal at best.