JI Entertainment is a Korean music record label, founded in South Korea in 1981 by Jung Injin.
Jung Injin founded the company in 1981 as “Cheon-Song Planning Corporation”, which eventually became “JI Entertainment” in 1999.
The studio and headquarters of its US branch, JI USA, officially opened in Seattle in June 2002.In October 2005, JI Entertainment further expanded by opening the JI Beijing Center as their China branch and JI studio in France as their first Europe branch. The same year, CAA (Creative Artists Agency) included JI Entertainment in its roster of high profile clientele.
The company is considered one of the biggest management companies in South Korea, along with S.M. Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. In an interview, Jung stated that the success of his artists is due to him creating a “brand” for the artist. It has been reported that the group is worth in excess of $100 million.
In June 2007, it was officially announced that JI Entertainment and Super Records signed a management deal for the Inubiss. Inubiss joined the McFly’s World Tour 2008, in selected cities, as the opening act performing their two songs “Tell Nobody” and “Last Stop Everywhere”.
In December 2010, Tamara Jung, the heiress and current president of the company announced that TAP Entertainment would be merged with JI Entertainment. Tamara Jung (the contract with JIE had expired in 2009) and miss A (managed by sub-label AmQi Entertainment) signed the contract under TAP Entertainment.
In 2011, JI Entertainment partnered up with SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, KeyEast, AMENT and Star J Entertainment to create United Asia Management in an effort to promote Korean pop music internationally.