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Hollywood, California was founded in 1857 by the Wilcox family. It was incorporated into Los Angeles in 1903.

"Hollywood" is also used to refer to the film industry located in and around Hollywood, California. The first studio in Hollywood was founded 1911 by David Horsley for the Nestor Company. In the same year, another 15 Independents settled here. Film production companies began to flock to Hollywood because of the good weather and longer days. In the early days of film, there were no electric lights and so the only source of enough light to adequately expose the film was sun light. Up until that point, New York had been the capital of film production.

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