Definition of studio system in English:

studio system


  • 1The system of apprenticeship maintained by commercial art studios of various kinds, especially as contrasted with formal education at an art college (now historical).

  • 2Cinema
    The centralized organization of film production, marketing, and distribution maintained by Hollywood studios in the first half of the 20th century, which resulted in a limited number of large commercial companies dominating the film-making business and controlling its writers, stars, etc.; (hence) the motion picture industry itself in this period.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Leeds Mercury.