Television producers from the 3 major Korean broadcasting stations (SBS, KBS, MBC) and representatives from drama production companies got together at a press conference held yesterday afternoon and strongly rebuked celebrities who had asked to be paid a huge fee for acting in dramas/movies.
In a press conference titled “Joint Agreement By Production To Solve Drama Crisis” held yesterday afternoon at the KBS Hall in Yoido, television PDs and representatives from drama production companies strongly rebuked celebrities who had claimed for a high salary, “When 1 person takes away nearly 1/3 or even 2/3 of the whole production budget, other colleagues in the same team would have to take a big sacrifice and this is very unfair for them.”
Celebrities commanding a high salary in the drama industry has been a long standing problem. This became more evident with the entire world currently embroiled in a economic crisis. Not long ago, the Korea Television Drama Production Company Association decided to ban Park Shin Yang from acting in dramas indefinitely. Their reason being that Park Shin Yang had asked to be paid 170 million won each for the 4 extra episodes for War of Money.
They also responded to Park Shin Yang’s indefinite ban, “We are not ganging up on Park Shin Yang. All the A-list producers knows that the successful completion of a drama production comes from the hard work of everyone in the team. It’s not done simply by one person. Although we have to respect the hard work dished out by a big-name celebrity, but that cannot be achieved by sacrificing the benefits that should be enjoyed by others in the team. We hope that this will serve as an insight for celebrities to care for their colleagues’ welfare.