List of Hollywood-inspired nicknames

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Hollywood-inspired nicknames, most starting with the first letter(s) of the location and ending in the letters "-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), India.

Film industry[edit]

South Asia[edit]


  • Ghollywood refers to the Ghana film industry.
  • Hillywood refers to the emerging film industry in Rwanda
  • Nollywood refers to the film industry in Nigeria.
  • Riverwood is the film industry in Kenya
  • Swahiliwood refers to the cinema of Tanzania [3]
  • Ugawood is the Ugandan film industry.
    • Wakaliwood refers to the film studio in Wakaliga, Kampala, Uganda, which specialises in very violent films.
  • Zollywood refers to cinema of Zimbabwe

The Americas[edit]




  • Chinawood is a nickname for the Hengdian World Studio, the largest filmstudio in China.
  • Pallywood is a term used by conservative commentators to describe alleged anti-Israeli media manipulation through video footage.
  • Hallyuwood refers to cinema of South Korea


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

  • Dollywood is an amusement park owned by Dolly Parton.
  • "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.

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. ^ "Kommunen säljer Hollyhammar" (in Swedish). Vestmanlands Läns Tidning. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Kia ora: Mosgiel", Jul 25, 2014, NZ Herald