‘The Business': How Hollywood Became the Center of the Entertainment Industry (Video)

In this first episode of “The Business,” a new video series produced by TheWrap, find out how Hollywood ended up in… Hollywood

So you want to make it in Hollywood? If you’ve moved out here for the sun, surf and stars — welcome! Los Angeles has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. But you may be wondering just why Hollywood ended up here in Southern California and not, as the legend goes, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

In this first episode of “The Business,” a new video series produced by TheWrap, we ask, why is Hollywood the center of the entertainment industry? How did Hollywood end up in… Hollywood?

TheWrap’s Paul Nyhart leads you through the history of the early days of cinema and the formation of Tinseltown. Where does the name “Hollywood” came from? How did early filmmakers push the boundaries of what a movie could be? Why did D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin and more artists come west? Why was Los Angeles the perfect place to settle down and make movies? What role did Thomas Edison have in shaping the industry?

We answer all these questions and more in this first episode of “The Business.” In future episodes, TheWrap will speak with experts in the industry and take you through the history of Hollywood.

Watch the video for “The Business” above.