Sony Pictures Studio's rich history can be traced back to 1918 when brothers Harry and Jack Cohn formed a partnership with their associate Joe Brandt, to produce low-budget short films and featurettes. They called the company CBC Film Sales (Cohn-Brandt-Cohn- or as it was more commonly known in the trade press, "Corned Beef and Cabbage"). By 1920, the film industry was attracting audiences of 35 million a week willing to pay five cents a pop to be drawn into the magical world of filmed entertainment.
Meanwhile, down the road in Hollywood, Columbia Pictures got its start, bringing pictures like It Happened One Night and Lawrence of Arabia to life.
Columbia Pictures officially moved onto the studio lot in 1990 after its acquisition by Sony Corporation; and the rest is history, as they say.