KBS reportedly failed to pay several actors like Krystal, Ji Chang Wook, Kang Ha Neul and more
KBS is one of South Korea’s leading broadcasting companies. The company has aired some of the most popular kdramas of all time.
However, according to a media outlet, KBS is at odds with actors over replay fees. The dispute revolves around rerun fees from Kdramas, which KBS bought from third-party production companies.
KBS has reportedly not paid any rerun fees for kdrama like If You Wish Upon Me, Curtain Call, Crazy Love, and Jinxed At First, which starred actors like Krystal, Ji Chang Wook, Kang Ha Neul, and Sooyoung seen are , Ha Ji Won and Na In Woo.
The actors were reportedly not paid their reprise royalties. KBS allegedly acquired these kdramas from third party production companies, which has now become a conflict between the above actors and KBS.
South Korea’s broadcasting laws state that re-broadcasting fees must be paid by the production companies. With the latter argument, KBS argues that the production company should pay the rerun fee and not the network itself.
However, the above law is said to be obsolete as it was passed at a time when broadcasters were producing their own dramas. With no third parties involved at the time, a dispute like KBS’s was highly unlikely.
The Korea Broadcasting Performer Rights Association claimed that the law was created to protect production companies from broadcaster tyranny, but KBS abused the law.
In addition, other networks such as SBS and MBC would have paid replay fees regardless of the source of the kdrama’s production.
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