MBC’s Dong Yi also halts filiming
Historical drama Dong Yi is the second show whose filming has been interrupted by the union strike over unpaid crew and cast wages, following Gloria.
On September 3, union representatives went to the set to talk to the cast of Dong Yi, who agreed to refrain from participating in shoots that day, and filming subsequently halted.
The actors and crew members involved are part of the Korean Broadcasting, Film, Performing Artists Labor Union. At the center of the issue are the wages that remain unpaid as of July 31 in dramas that come outside production companies. Initially thirteen shows were involved, but with KBS and SBS coming to settlement agreements with the union, only MBC remains with four of its outsourced series.
This throws Dong Yi into a tough spot, as it is late in its run and has been enjoying the #1 ratings spot on Mondays and Tuesdays for months. Furthermore, Dong Yi already reportedly received its scripts late, so it has no time to spare.
Both Dong Yi and Gloria are negotiating to settle the problem, so I’m betting we can expect filming to resume pretty quickly; I can’t see MBC letting this drag on and endangering their shows.
Via Star News