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Type Broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability National (but not available in all markets)
Launch date
August 30, 2004
Dissolved 2011

ImaginAsian Entertainment was a multimedial company based in New York City. Its main feature was a television network, iaTV, which premiered in 2004 and which focuses on entertainment featuring Mid- to South-East Asian performers. There is also some South Asian content. The channel competed in certain markets with AZN Television until April 2008, when the competing network ceased broadcasting. It is not yet available in many U.S. televisual markets. The company ceased in 2011, with the television network becoming MNet.

They also operated The ImaginAsian, a renovated movie theatre located in Midtown Manhattan that shows only first-run and classic East Asian films, as well as several film festivals per year. The company renovated a second former movie theatre in Los Angeles that opened in December 2007, the former Linda Lea Theater, which originally showed Japanese films and served the Little Tokyo area before shuttering in the 1980s.

In addition, past divisions of the company consisted of iaLink, ImaginAsian Entertainment's monthly on-line magazine, which at one point had over ten million subscribers, ImaginAsian Pictures and Home Entertainment, a film and D.V.D. distribution division that released several D.V.D.s of East Asian films and iaTV original shows, and the successful theatrical and D.V.D. release of the Vietnamese American film Journey From The Fall, and iaRadio, a block of radio programming both streamed on-line as well as made available on certain terrestrial stations.

Current status

As of late 2009, the company has undergone internal changes. Offices in New York were closed and operations were relocated to Los Angeles under a new team. In 2011, they became the MNet television network, focusing of K-pop music and culture. The television network currently airs its library content while programming, web-site, and relaunch preparations continue. Both theaters have closed, with the New York City location being operated by Phoenix Theatres, and the L.A. location being operated by the property owners as the Downtown Independent.

List of corporate affiliates

  • ImaginAsian Entertainment (IAEI) is the corporate parent
  • ImaginAsianTV (iaTV) is the television network
  • ImaginAsian Radio (iaRadio) is a streaming online radio
  • iaLink is an online e-zine
  • The ImaginAsian Theater, a movie theater in New York City which is now owned by Phoenix Theatres
  • ImaginAsian Pictures is for the creation, distribution, and promotion of films
  • ImaginAsian Home Entertainment is the DVD and home video division
  • The ImaginAsian Center is the film/event theatre in the Gallery Row area of Los Angeles, California, which opened on December 1, 2007. The Los Angeles center seems to have stopped operations in October 2008, though its web site ( is still up.

Shows aired on ImaginAsian

Television programs

Eastern Animation



Corporate Executives

List of over-the-air TV channels and cable providers

Cable/satellite providers

Broadcast television stations

See also

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