CEMA to work to improve rights of celebrities' managers
The Korea Entertainment Management Association (CEMA) will launch a survey on the working conditions of celebrities' managers to use as evidence to push the government to come up with necessary measures, following some high-profile disputes that were revealed this month.
"CEMA has come to feel the gravity of the recent series of incidents where managers and celebrities have come in conflict and spread their stories, and we wish to come up with rational solutions to make sure that no such damage is done in the future," the association said.
CEMA was established in 2007 under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to protect the rights of entertainment workers and entertainment companies, and currently includes 260 entertainment companies and 500 celebrity managers as well as some 3,000 celebrities who are managed by the companies.
Wednesday's statement came after the recent dispute between two prominent actors and their managers: actor Lee Sun-jae and Shin Hyun-joon, whose former managers claimed that they had been mistreated and forced to overwork for years.
According to CEMA, small-sized entertainment companies or actors who work without a company often work with managers without a proper contract, which easily leads to various issues.
"CEMA will work to end and prevent such issues that arise between celebrities and managers, and will make sure that the working conditions of the entertainment workers are improved so that the industry stays unshaken," CEMA said.
"We will also use this opportunity to gather our voice into one and deliver our thoughts to the government and related authorities, to call for legal measures to be taken to improve working environments."
BY YOON SO-YEON [firstname.lastname@example.org]