[Reporter Jeong-eun Sung on Daily Economy Star Today]
KBS2’s Monday-Tuesday drama “River Where the Moon Rises” production company filed a 3 billion won compensation suit against actor Ji-soo (real name Kim Ji-soo, 28)’s agency Keyeast, who dropped out of school violence.
Victory Contents, a drama production company, said on the 2nd, “As of April 1, we filed a lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court to claim part of our damage.”
“This is related to the school violence of Kim Ji-soo, a Keyeast actor,” Victory Contents said. Keyeast and Ji-su signed an actor contract with us to appear in the drama “River Where the Moon Rises” and were filming the drama, which was aired on KBS2 from February 15, and was loved by viewers.”
Then, “In early March, there began to be reports that Ji-soo committed school violence.” The content was not just a level of fighting among students, but also a level equivalent to sexual crimes as well as money-for-graft, proxy tests, and horrible acts that were hard to say. Keyeast and Ji-soo acknowledged the flight, decided to stop all activities immediately, and decided to get off “River Where the Moon Rises”, summarizing the process of getting off after Ji-soo’s school.
Victory Contents said, “River Where the Moon Rises was pre-produced, and the filming was almost over when the school violence was controversial, but when the actor was replaced, the scene was forced to be completely re-shot.” For the company, the production cost was huge, and the filming was carried out again, causing serious additional cost losses.
He explained the background of the lawsuit, saying, “We tried to faithfully consult with Keyeast to recover these damages as soon as possible and concentrate on producing good dramas, but due to Keyeast’s non-cooperation, we inevitably filed this case.”
In response, Keyeast said, “We are trying to settle the matter smoothly without avoiding responsibility while communicating with the production company, but it is embarrassing that we suddenly filed a lawsuit.” We will figure out the situation.
At the time when “River Where the Moon Rises” aired until the sixth episode, controversy over school violence erupted in Ji-soo, who played the male lead Ondal. Ji-soo admitted to some of the crimes, including violence, and voluntarily dropped out. At that time, he had finished filming until 18 out of 20 episodes.
From the seventh episode, the production company urgently deployed actor Nine Woo as a substitute to shoot the show again. Since then, as the ratings have reached 10% (based on Nielsen Korea), the production company has also re-shooted the 1st to 6th episodes when the index was released, maintaining the top spot in Monday and Tuesday dramas. Despite this controversy, the “River Where the Moon Rises” was exported to 190 countries and received favorable reviews.
<Next is Victory Contents’ statement>
– In 2021.41, the company filed a lawsuit against Keyeast Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Keyeast”) to the Seoul Central District Court for damages, claiming part of our damages (hereinafter referred to as “this case”).
– As many of you are familiar with this case, this is related to the school violence of Keyeast actor Kim Ji-soo (hereinafter “Ji-soo”). Keyeast and Ji-Soo signed an actor contract with us to appear in the drama “River Where the Moon Rises”, and the drama has been loved by viewers since 2021.
However, reports of school violence began to emerge here and there. It wasn’t just the level of fighting between students, it was the level of extortion and proxy testing, but the level of sex crimes, the level of horrible things that were hard to say. Keyeast and Ji-soo acknowledged the flight, decided to stop all activities immediately, and decided to disembark from River Where the Moon Rises. (This is also from MBC’s ‘Real Story Exploration Team’.)
– River Where the Moon Rises was pre-produced, and the controversy over the school violence was almost the filming was almost over. However, when the actor was replaced, he had to take a full re-shot of the scenes. The production cost of the masterpiece was huge, and additional cost damage was severe due to re-shooting, but we decided to re-shoot the first to sixth episodes in order to keep our promise to show the finished work to the viewers.
This is a promise not only to domestic viewers but also to global viewers because the Korean Wave boom could not be ruined by just one school violence perpetrator.
However, the company suffered direct damages from staff costs, location and equipment fees, appearance fees, and art costs due to re-shooting, and other damages that can affect the future, such as poor ratings, overseas customer claims, expected sales, and company image.
– In order to recover these damages as soon as possible and concentrate on producing good dramas, the company tried to negotiate damages with the Keyeast team, but it was inevitable that the Keyeast side would not cooperate.
– We would like to conclude the lawsuit and compensation as soon as possible, and we would like to make sure that broadcasting stations and viewers around the world continue to watch healthy and sound programs.
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