IMAGINASIAN TV TO LAUNCH IMAGINASIAN HOME VIDEO LABEL WITH CENTRAL PARK MEDIA
Top Asian Programming Network Expands Into Home Video
New York, NY (January 26, 2006) – Leading Japanese animation distributor Central Park Media Corporation (CPM) is proud to announce that ImaginAsian TV, America’s first 24/7 Asian American network “for all things Asian,” has chosen CPM as its partner in launching the ImaginAsian Home Video label in North America. CPM will provide sales, warehousing and physical logistics services to ImaginAsian Home Video. CPM will use the wholesale and retail accounts which CPM has developed during more than fifteen years of spearheading the marketing of Japanese anime and other Asian-themed programming in the U.S. and Canada.
Michael Hong, CEO of ImaginAsian Entertainment Inc., ImaginAsian TV’s multimedia parent company, said, “We chose to work with Central Park Media because of their well-acknowledged leadership in the anime and Asian home video arena. With their seasoned staff and marketing expertise, we can better reach the largest potential market for our programming.”
“We are tremendously excited about the opportunity to distribute ImaginAsian’s home video line in North America,” said CPM Managing Director John O’Donnell. “ImaginAsian has the best programming available from Asia, and their U.S. target audience represents more than 14 million consumers, so we expect a wonderful reception in the marketplace.”
David Chu, ImaginAsian’s Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, added, “Both CPM and ImaginAsian Home Video will work together to bring the best and most highly coveted Asian titles to both the Asian American and burgeoning mainstream home video audience. We will be releasing an array of top-notch feature film and television drama series titles, in addition to our own original productions, for release throughout North America.”
ImaginAsian Home Video will announce its initial release schedule at NAVD and will appear at the VSDA with a complete roll-out campaign.
Seated, left to right: Michael Hong, CEO, ImaginAsian Entertainment; John O’Donnell, Managing Director, Central Park Media.
Standing, left to right: David Chu, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, ImaginAsian Entertainment; Newton Grant, Director of Business Development, Central Park Media.
About ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc.
ImaginAsian TV (iaTV) is America’s first national 24-hour Asian American network, catering to American audiences with a passion “for all things Asian,” including more than 14 million Asian / Pacific Americans. iaTV (www.iatv.tv) offers top-notch movies, music, dramas, documentaries, sports, news, and original programming from Asia and the U.S. All foreign-language programs are subtitled in English to meet the needs of the general public, and English-speaking hosts introduce shows during prime time. Fully advertiser-supported, ImaginAsian TV is currently carried on cable systems in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and parts of New Jersey, as well as via broadcast in other parts of the United States, including Las Vegas, NV and Edison, NJ. Along with The ImaginAsian Theater, ImaginAsian Radio, and iaLink, ImaginAsian TV is an integrated division of ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc.
ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc. (www.iaei.tv) is a multimedia company that aims to promote Asian Pacific American culture to mainstream America. Headquartered in New York City, ImaginAsian Entertainment uses a fully integrated marketing strategy through multiple platforms: ImaginAsian TV (America’s First 24/7 Asian American Network), The ImaginAsian Theater (New York’s Premier Asian American Theater), ImaginAsian Radio (including Anil-ki-Awaaz, iaRadio, and Total Time Pass), and iaLink (ImaginAsian’s community-based e-zine).
About Central Park Media
Central Park Media is a 15-year-old Manhattan-based independent video and book publisher focused on Japanese and Korean animation and graphic novels. Central Park Media has been a leading supplier of anime in the United States since 1990, and a major publisher of manga since 1994. The company currently manufactures and distributes animated video programming under several label names, including U.S. Manga Corps, Be Beautiful, Software Sculptors and Central Park Media, as well as live-action Asian feature films under its Asia Pulp Cinema label.
With exclusive rights to hundreds of graphic novels, the company has become a leading North American publisher of Japanese manga and Korean manhwa. Among CPM’s fan-favorite graphic novel titles are Lee Hyun Se’s Nambul (the best-selling manhwa in Korean publishing history), and Kia Asamiya’s Dark Angel. Under its Be Beautiful imprint, the company also publishes popular yaoi manga such as the best-selling Kizuna: Bonds of Love (the best-selling yaoi title in Japanese publishing history). Visit www.centralparkmedia.com, www.cpmpress.com and www.bebeautifulmanga.com for more information.
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