List of Hollywood-inspired nicknames

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Hollywood-inspired nicknames, most starting with the first letter or letters of the location and ending in the suffix "-ollywood" or "-wood", have been given to various locations around the world with associations to the film industry – inspired by the iconic Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, whose name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States. Some of the following names, however, did in fact exist before Hollywood.

The first Hollywood-inspired nickname, dating back to 1932, was Tollywood,[1] referring to the Bengali film industry in Tollygunge (then in the Bengal Presidency of British India, now in the West Bengal state of India).[2] The most widely recognized Hollywood-inspired nickname is Bollywood, the informal name for the Hindi language film industry in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Maharashtra, India.

Film industry[edit]


East Asia[edit]

South Asia[edit]



The Americas[edit]




Some Hollywood-inspired nicknames do not refer directly to the film industry:

  • Dollywood is a theme park owned by Dolly Parton in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • FC Hollywood is a nickname for FC Bayern Munich, used especially widely by German media in the 1990s, an era in which Bayern players were as likely to appear in gossip pages as in sports pages.
  • Contrary to what the name would indicate, Morning Wood is not a Hollywood-inspired nickname.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bollywood, Pollywood, Tollywood, and More – Film Industry Nicknames Around The World".
  2. ^ Sarkar, Bhaskar (2008). "The Melodramas of Globalization". Cultural Dynamics. 20: 31–51 [34]. doi:10.1177/0921374007088054.
  3. ^ "Media for Development International – Promoting development through entertainment".
  4. ^ "French film fare a la Hollywood". The Age. June 18, 2002.
  5. ^ "French cinema is back on vogue". The Christian Science Monitor. November 9, 2001.
  6. ^ "Gaul or Nothing". November 8–15, 2001.
  7. ^ "Film; Going Sweet and Sentimental Has Its Rewards". The New York Times. October 28, 2001.
  8. ^ "Angel-A: Luc Besson Fails to Jump the Shark". Seattle Weekly. June 19, 2007.
  9. ^ "Kommunen säljer Hollyhammar". Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (in Swedish). April 23, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kia ora: Mosgiel", July 25, 2014, The New Zealand Herald