Update: Coffee Prince extension still pending
All right, first, let me just say that I don’t think we have to worry about Coffee Prince, or even Yoon Eun Hye.
I think a lot of the recent “news” coming out is a bit alarmist, which is a general flaw of the Korean entertainment media, which I think runs more like gossip reporting at times than news. I kinda feel a little bit responsible for contributing to the alarmism with my post yesterday. I don’t doubt that Yoon Eun Hye is suffering from headaches, but I really don’t think it’s a grave issue. (Personally, I’d wondered if that was a story leaked to generate human interest and sympathy in what is otherwise a dry contract negotiation. But that’s just my general cynicism of media.)
According to these two following articles posted by Newsen, both dated August 10, the extension of the series has yet to reach a final decision. Two key points:
The biggest obstacle in deciding on the extension is related to complications with Yoon Eun Hye’s management company Eight Peaks. In July, when Eight Peaks tried to force her to appear in their own production, Yoon Eun Hye demanded that they cancel her contract with them, and they have prevented her from receiving her pay of 20 million won.
“It is not that Yoon Eun Hye is opposed to extending the run of ‘Coffee Prince.’ It is only that because of issues with her management company, it is unclear to which party her payment should be sent.”
The drama department is not worried and believes it will not be much of an issue to produce the additional two episodes. Yoon Eun Hye is said to be in considerations (suggesting it is likely she will reply in the affirmative).
And lastly, here’s my personal opinion: People have contract disputes all the time. It’s not pleasant, but it’s especially common in the entertainment industry where so much money and fame is at stake. But a contract dispute ain’t gonna kill the girl. Come on, she can carry guys twice her weight and she can’t withstand a legal dispute?
Second: Again, I know I’m fanning the flames by bothering to post on this at all, but I kind of have the opinion that Korean entertainment media tends to report anything and EVERYTHING in order to generate “news.” So what could be a normal discussion is blown out of proportion with eager reporters ready to “expose” every step of the process, creating a false sense of alarm about the dire situation of all involved. I remember similar worries over Chae Rim holding out when Dal Ja’s Spring was extended two episodes, and there was all this talk of contracts and money disputes. In the end, everything went off without a hitch.
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