More regulation for Korean entertainment industry to protect aspiring stars
- POSTED: 03 Jan 2014 16:32
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
Korean authorities passed new legislation on Tuesday to better regulate the entertainment industry and protect aspiring stars.
SEOUL: The Korean government has passed new legislation on Tuesday to better regulate the entertainment industry and protect aspiring stars, reported Korean media.
Under the new law, anyone who wishes to set up a talent agency must now have a minimum of four years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Those who have a criminal record will be investigated before being allowed to do so.
New talent agencies will also require approval from Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism before they can recruit trainees.
In addition, there are new, stricter rules governing the treatment of trainees who are still minors.
These rules will prevent talent agencies from overworking younger trainees by disallowing training from 10pm to 6am daily, and capping the maximum number of hours of training they can undergo at 46 per week.
A Ministry spokesperson said these new rules will result in “a healthier entertainment industry” and help the overall pop culture develop “by restricting the number of agencies” in the industry.
Many Korean youth aspire to become entertainers because they perceive it to be a well-paying, glamorous job.
But achieving stardom is no easy task.
Trainees have to endure years of tough training, and may not even get the chance to make their showbiz debut.
Some may even fall prey to unscrupulous industry players.
In 2012, one talent agency CEO was arrested for sexually assaulting a number of his young female trainees.