Imagine Asia (Hangul: 이매진아시아; formerly known as Wellmade Star M and Wellmade Yedang), is a South Korean entertainment company established in 1976. The company operates as a talent agency, television production company, event management, concert production company, and music publishing house.
|Imagine Asia Co., Ltd.|
|Traded as||KRX: 036260|
|Founded||1976 (as Banpo Industries)|
|Headquarters||3/F Newtown Building, 113 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea|
|Owner||Chungho Comnet Co. (8.9%)|
On Da Com
|Subsidiaries||Dream T Entertainment (since 2013)|
Dreamcatcher Company (since 2016)
Cashmere Records (since 2014)
MLD Entertainment (since 2014)
YMC Entertainment (since 2015)
Blue Star Entertainment
The company was founded in 1976 as Banpo Industries, an industrial tent manufacturer that was previously headquartered at Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province. In 2000, the company name was changed to Banpo Tech.
Banpo Tech merged in 2006 with Star M Entertainment, becoming Star M. Among the first artists on its roster were actors Shin Min-a, Jang Dong-gun and Hyun Bin. The company was listed on KOSDAQ in 2007.
In 2013, Wellmade Star M acquired Dream T Entertainment majority shareholders. In 2014, it merged with Yedang Company to form Wellmade Yedang. In 2015, the company acquired 39% shares of YMC Entertainment, its subsidiaries Dream T Entertainment also acquired 41% shares of YMC Entertainment and became a majority shareholders after having 80% shares of YMC. The company also acquired BLUE STAR Entertainment in the same year.
In March 2016, Yedang company officially renamed to Banana Culture and following Wellmade also renamed to Imagine Asia in June. However, Wellmade Yedang had continued as an independent company.
Dream T Entertainment was founded by Lee Jong-suk in 2009. Imagine Asia acquired it in December 2013.
Blue Star Entertainment (블루 스타 엔터테인먼트) was founded by Byun Dong-jin and Park Chang-jae, former executives of Core Contents Media (now MBK Entertainment). Imagine Asia acquired it in 2015.
Wellmade Film (웰메이드 필름) is a film production company.
Happy Campus Projects (재미난 프로젝트) is a drama production company under Imagine Asia, led by CEO Jung Ah-reum.
On Da Com (also known as On多com) is a multimedia production company in Seoul, South Korea.
Blue Star Entertainment
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