- With Spackman Media Group artist Kim Sang-kyung, POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEON took first place in the audience ratings for its time slot based on Nielson Korea, an audience ratings research company
- The tvN K drama topped the first ratings of MY RELEASE NOTESwhich was the most popular K-drama in May in Korea
- Last April, Kim Sang-kyung headlined AIR MURDERco-produced by the Group’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Platform Media Group, which was the No. 1 Korean film at its opening weekend box office in Korea
SINGAPORE – Media outreach – August 2, 2022 – Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (there “Band“), a leading Korean entertainment production group founded in 2011 by media and technology investor Charles Spackman, would like to announce that veteran actor Kim Sang-kyung of Spackman Media Group Limited (“Spackman Media Group“) stars in tvN’s K-drama, POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEONwhich topped the ratings on its first day of release in Korea yesterday, and topped the first ratings of MY RELEASE NOTESwhich was the most popular K-drama in May in Korea.
According to audience research company Nielsen Korea, POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEON earned first place in the ratings for its timeslot. The K-drama earned viewership ratings of 3.9%, higher than those of MY RELEASE NOTESwhich recorded 2.9%.
The strong opening of POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEON follows the success of Kim Sang-kyung’s latest film AIR MURDERco-produced by the Group’s wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. Last April, AIR MURDER was ranked the best Korean film in its first box office weekend in Korea.
POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEON is based on the novel of the same name which won the 2016 Korea Story Contest Excellence Award. Directed by Park Won-gook, written by Park Seul-gi, Choi Min-ho and Lee Bom and produced by Studio Dragon, the Joseon-era drama depicts the redemption of a disgraced royal doctor who becomes a highly respected psychiatrist in a small village. With Kim Sang-kyung, POONG, THE PSYCHIATRIST JOSEON presents Kim Min-jae from DALI AND THE FACED PRINCE (2021) and Kim Hyang-gi from WITH THE GODS (2017-2018).
Previously, Spackman Media Group’s Kim Sang-kyung starred in SBS drama RACKET BOY BAND (2021), which was released on Netflix and SBS. He also starred in tvN and Netflix THE CROWNED CLOWN (2019). Kim Sang-kyung won the Special Jury Prize for his role in DISCLOSURE (2017) at the 38th Golden Cinematography Awards. He is widely known for his starring roles in MURDER MEMORIES (2003), directed by Bong Joon-ho of PARASITE (2019) and the Group’s 2013 US production SNOWDROPS. Kim Sang-kyung won the Special Jury Prize at the 38th Golden Cinematography Awards in 2018 and the Excellence Award and Netizen Award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards.
About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited
Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (“SEGL“or the”Company“), and with its subsidiaries, (the “Band“), is one of the leading entertainment production groups in Korea. SEGL is principally engaged in the independent development, production, presentation and financing of motion pictures in Korea.
The company was founded in 2011 by renowned media and technology investor, Charles Spackman, who served as the company’s Executive Chairman until 2017. For the past two decades, Mr. Charles Spackman has been a powerhouse in the Korean entertainment industry beginning in the early 2000s with the pioneering success of Sidus Pictures, the largest film production company at the time and the first to list in Korea. Mr. Spackman is also the founder, chairman and CEO of the global investment firm Spackman Group. For more information, please visit http://www.charlesspackman.com and https://spackman-group.com/charles-spackman.
Since its establishment, SEGL has produced more than 30 major motion pictures, including a number of the highest-grossing and award-winning films in Korea, namely #LIVING (2020), CRAZY ROMANCE (2019), DEFAULT (2018), MASTER (2016), THE PRIESTS (2015), SNOWDROPS (2013), COLD EYES (2013) and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012).
Our films are distributed and released theatrically in Korea and overseas markets, as well as for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including online streaming, cable television, broadcast television, IPTV, video on demand and home video. /DVDs, etc. Generally, we release our films in a major theatrical exhibition first in Korea, then in overseas and ancillary markets.
The Group also invests in and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also hold interests in entertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially and strategically complement our existing core businesses. SEGL is listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the symbol 40E.
SEGL owns Novus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. (“Novus Mediacorp“), investor, broadcaster and/or post-theater distributor for a total of 79 films (58 Korean and 21 foreign) including ROSE OF TREASON, THE OUTLAWS and SECRETLY, A LOTwhich was one of the biggest box office hits of 2013 starring Kim Soo-hyun from MY LOVE OF THE STARSas good as FRIEND 2: THE GREAT LEGACY. In 2012, Novus Mediacorp was also the distributor of post-theatrical rights ALL ABOUT MY WIFE, a highly lucrative romantic comedy produced by Zip Cinema. In 2018, THE OUTLAWSco-presented by Novus Mediacorp, broke the all-time highest video-on-demand record (“VOD“) Sales records in Korea. For more information, please visit http://novusmediacorp.com
The Company holds a 100% interest in Simplex Films Limited (“Single-sided films“) which is an early stage film production company. Simplex Films’ first film, JESTERS: THE GAME CHANGERS (2019), was released in Korea on August 21, 2019. Simplex Films has several film line-ups including HURRICANE BROTHERS (working title).
The Company holds a 100% interest in Take Pictures Pte. ltd. (“Take photos“) who produced STONE JUMP (2020) and THE BOX (2021), and will publish THE GUEST in the second half of 2022 and A MAN OF REASONwith previous job title GUARDIAN in 2022 provisionally.
The Company holds a 100% interest in Greenlight Content Limited (“Green light content“) which mainly engages in investment activities in fiction and films, as well as consulting services for the production of Korean content. Thanks to the acquisition of Greenlight Content, the first fiction co-produced by the Group, MY SECRET TERRIUS, starring Korean star So Ji Sub, reached No. 1 in the drama ratings for its timeslot and recorded double-digit ratings for its highest ratings. Greenlight Content was one of the main investors of MY SECRET TERRIUS.
The Company holds a 20% stake in The Makers Studio Co. Ltd., which plans to produce and broadcast four upcoming films, the first of which will be GHOST ISLAND OF GLAMORa comedy horror movie.
The Company holds a 43.88% effective interest in Spackman Media Group Limited (“SMGL“). SMGL, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, together with its subsidiaries, is collectively one of the largest entertainment talent agencies in Korea in terms of the number of artists under management, including some of the biggest names in the industry. Korean entertainment industry SMGL operates its talent management business through renowned agencies such as MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Son Ye-jin, Wi Ha-jun, Lee Min-jung, Ko Sung-hee ), SBD Entertainment Inc. (Son Suk-ku, Han Ji-hyun, Lee Cho-hee, Park Keun-rok), UAA&CO Inc. (Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Hye-ri, Kim Ji-young, Wang Ji- won), Play Content Co., Ltd. (Kang Min-ji, Hwang-hwi) and Kook Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Baek Si-won, Shin Ji-woong). Korea, SMGL represents and guides the professional careers of a roster of award-winning actors/actresses in the practice areas of film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment SMGL takes part i of its unparalleled portfolio o artists as a platform to develop, produce, finance and own the highest quality entertainment content projects, including motion pictures, variety shows and television series. This platform also creates and derives opportunities for SMGL to make strategic investments in early-stage companies that can collaborate with SMGL artists. SMGL is an associated company of the Company. For more information, please visit http://www.spackmanmediagroup.com
The Company holds a 100% interest in Constellation Agency Pte. ltd. (“Constellation Agency“). Constellation Agency, owner of The P Factory Co., Ltd. (“The factory P“) and Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. (“PMG“), is primarily involved in the overseas agency business for Korean artists venturing into the overseas market. The P Factory is an innovative marketing solutions provider specializing in the production of event and branded content. PMG is a talent management agency that represents and manages the careers of major artists in film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment.
The Company also operates a coffee shop, Upper West, in Seoul’s Gangnam district and owns a professional photography studio, noon pictures Co., Ltd.
For more details, please visit http://www.spackmanentertainmentgroup.com/