Film Studios

during the era of the "Studio System", 1930-1948

The "Majors", or Big Five

These were vertically-integrated companies, controlling all aspects of the film business: production, distribution, and exhibition.

The "Minors", or Little Three

Independent Producers (8) included:

The "B" Studios ("Poverty Row" or "The B-Hive") included

In the 1920s, which was a "silent"  and black-and-white era, the studios were ranked somewhat differently.

The Big Three

The Little Five

The Big Ten studios of today (see link)