When Kim Jong Hak, who directed "Faith: The Great Doctor," was found dead earlier this week, some of the actors who appeared in his drama felt guilty. The actors recently filed a complaint against Kim and the production company because the cast and crew had not yet been paid for working on the historical time-travel drama, which starred Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun. The actors filed a complaint for fraud and embezzlement, citing outstanding salaries that totaled approximately $500,000.
It turns out that they were not paid because the director was deeply in debt. Despite having directed such huge hits as the drama "Sandglass," the director's financial problems had become worse over the last few years.
The average cost of producing a drama episode runs now about $250,000. Given the high cost of producing, many broadcasters now purchase shows from independent production companies. Independent production companies have more writers on staff, which can result in a better quality of production. But when broadcast companies buy from independent companies, they only pay half the production costs, leaving the independent companies to raise the rest. This is done by finding sponsors and placing products within the drama. However, in a historical drama, there are few options for product placement. If a show does not generate positive ratings, it can quickly spiral into debt.
That is what happened with "Faith" and was probably the main reason that the actors were not paid.....
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Director Kim Jong Hak Was Deeply In Debt
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