Kakao Entertainment Corp. (Korean: 주식회사 카카오엔터테인먼트), stylised as kakao ENTERTAINMENT, is a South Korean entertainment, mass media, and publishing company founded in 2021. A subsidiary of the internet company Kakao, it was established subsequent to the merger of the latter's two subsidiaries KakaoPage and Kakao M.
|Founded||March 2, 2021|
|Joy Lee (CEO)|
Stephan Kim (CEO)[a]
Podotree Co, Ltd. was founded on July 20, 2010, as a subsidiary of Kakao, and launched KakaoPage three years later. On August 1, 2018, the company changed its corporate name to KakaoPage Corp.
Seoul Records, Inc. was founded in October 1978 by Young Bin Min, the owner of local educational company YBM Group (formerly Sisa English). In 2005, the company was acquired by SK Telecom and relaunched as LOEN Entertainment, Inc. three years later, before being sold to Star Invest Holdings (a subsidiary of Affinity Equity Partners).
In January 2016, it was taken over by Kakao and renamed again as Kakao M Corp. in December 2017.
Merger as Kakao Entertainment (2021–present)Edit
In December 2020, KakaoPage Corp. proposed a merger with Kakao M Corp. as a unified company. It was seen as an action by their parent company against US-based Google’s new policy for its app market place users, which would've affected Kakao M, which KakaoTV platform was starting to become popular in South Korea.
Both companies announced the plans and timeline for their merger, as well as the proposed name for the unified company Kakao Entertainment Corp on January 25, 2021. Under the plans, KakaoPage Corp. is the surviving entity.
The merger was completed on March 1, 2021, and Kakao Entertainment was formally founded a day later.
On September 17, Kakao Entertainment announced that Play M Entertainment and Cre.ker Entertainment would be merging in the future. On November 12, 2021, it was announced that the company's new corporate name would be IST Entertainment, which took effect on November 1.
Headed by co-CEO Joy Lee, the Kakao Entertainment Page Company is in charge of the company's web fiction publishing and web development business. It is situated in Pangyo, Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province.
Headed by co-CEO Stephan Kim - one of South Korea's most renowned entertainment executives - the Kakao Entertainment M Company is in charge of the company's entertainment and mass media business. Its headquarters is in Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu in Seoul.
Under the Page CompanyEdit
- Daon Creative
- KW Books
- Kiwi Media Company
- RS Media
- Radish Media
- Samyang C&C
- Soundist Entertainment
- Tapas Media
Under the M CompanyEdit
- Antenna Music
- Awesome ENT
- Baram Pictures
- BH Entertainment
- Dolphiners Films (subject to Korean government approval)
- EDAM Entertainment
- Flex M
- Maison de Baja
- High Up Entertainment
- IST Entertainment
- J.Wide Company
- Kakao Entertainment Asia
- Kross Pictures
- Logos Film
- Management SOOP
- Mega Monster
- Moonlight Film
- Ready Entertainment
- Sanai Pictures
- Starship Entertainment
- Story & Pictures Media
- Studio K11O (subject to Korean government approval)
- VAST Entertainment & Media
- Zip Cinema
- Jungsuck Building (Seoul) - headquarters of the Kakao Entertainment M Company
- The Kakao Entertainment M Company also owns a building at Samseong-dong in Seoul, where the headquarters of IST Entertainment and Flex M are located.
- 1theK Originals
- 1theK Style (coming soon)
- KakaoPage Indonesia (formerly Neobazar) (Indonesia)
- Kakao Webtoon
- Muse (mobile audition application)
- Radish (US)
- Tapas (US)
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