Lee Soo-geun pays 700 million for illegal gambling 2015/01/27, Source, It looks like comedian Lee Soo-geun who was charged with illegal gambling, will have to pay a fine of 700 million won.
According to legal professions, Bull's One Cooperation sued Lee and his management for compensation and the court ordered Lee to pay up 700 million won (~US$700,000),...More
TV Personalities Get Suspended Sentence for Online Gambling 2013/12/31, Source,
TV personalities Lee Soo-geun, Tak Jae-hoon, and singer Tony An were given a year's suspended sentences for gambling hundreds of millions of won on online betting sites. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday said the sentence took into account the social status of the defendants and the scale of their gambling but also that they are "genuinely repentant" and have no prior convictions,...More
Why Celebrities Get Hooked on Gambling 2013/11/16, Source,
A spate of celebrities are being investigated for online gambling, most prominently Tony An of the defunct boy band H.O.T., comedian Lee Soo-geun, singer and TV host Tak Jae-hoon, Andy of the six-man band Shinhwa and others. Gambling is illegal in Korea except for a couple of state-run and strictly limited flutters. But celebrities often risk their careers and popularity with an unusually censorious public by gambling illegally,...More
SM C&C Merges With AM Entertainment 2012/09/20, Source, SM Entertainment seems to be growing by the day. It's affiliate group, SM C&C, has just merged with talent agency giant AM Entertainment, home to some of Korea's A-list actors and actresses. According to an SM C&C rep on September 19th, talents like Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, and Han Ji-min, have all joined SM C&C. With this movie, SM C&C is hoping to grow as a representative video contents and drama production center in Asia. This will just another strategic move on SM Entertainment's part, in addition to its ambitions of becoming a global acting management company,...More
KBS' Highest-Paid Stars Revealed 2012/08/28, Source, Sin Dong-yupSin Dong-yup was the highest-paid entertainer at terrestrial network KBS last year. Sin earned a total of W609.5 million (US$1=W1,137) as presenter of "Immortal Songs 2" and host of a talk show titled "Hello Counselor", according to data submitted by KBS on Monday to Democratic United Party lawmaker Jun Byung-hun of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee,...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
No Goodbye Episode For Kang Ho-dong On "1 Night 2 Days" 2011/09/21, Source,
Fans of "1 Night 2 Days" will no longer be able to see the ringleader to the humor madness, Kang Ho-dong.
According to a KBS rep, although the original plans had a farewell trip for the cast of the show, due to Kang's sudden temporary retirement announcement and the media frenzy that followed, no such episode was filmed. Thus Kang's appearance on the popular show will abruptly come to an end,...More
A Korean reality show with Lee Seung-gi and Kang Ho-dong – "1 Night 2 Days" 2011/02/01, Source,
There are two kinds of traveling: one, you sit on a beach with white sand, looking out at the turquoise water, rubbing layers of sunblock on your skin under the shade of palm trees lazily hanging over you; two, you get your adrenaline pumped as you compete in unexpected adventures as you seek to expose yourself to the rawest experiences unique to the place you visit.As tempting as both options may sound, you must ask yourself, 'which of those experiences will be recalled with greater appreciation in the future?' – obviously the latter without a question,...More
'Gag Concert' Goes on Provincial Tour 2010/12/27, Source, Shim Hyung-rae in the feature "Expert"
The comedy program "Gag Concert" was filmed in Kwangju as a year-end special episode, and produced big laughter in 4,500 audience members.
The gymnasium of Chosun University in Kwangji was filled with more than 4,500 audience members on December 22. Too many audience members came to the gymnasium and some of them even had to stand up behind the audience seating. The filming of the special episode of the KBS 2TV "Gag Concert" had begun with loud applause from the audience at 7:00pm. The program "Gag Concert" had been filmed in KBS hall in Yeouido up until now, and filming in the other location took place after a long interval, since it had last been filmed in Andong in July, 2006,...More
Lee Kyung-kyu wins grand prize at KBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/26, Source,
Comedia Lee Kyung-kyu [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu won the grand prize at the KBS Entertainment Awards held over the weekend.
At the awards ceremony held at KBS' Open Hall on Saturday, Lee was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee of KBS variety show segment "What Makes A Man", part of entertainment program "Happy Sunday", which is one of the most-watched shows in the country,...More
"Happy Sunday" scores 1st win atop weekly TV charts 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean variety show "Happy Sunday" [Official KBS English Website]
KBS entertainment program "Happy Sunday" scored its first win atop the weekly TV charts, beating out various dramas during the final week of September.
Data by TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that the variety show raked in viewership ratings of,...More
Chuseok: prime time for couch potatoes 2010/09/14, Source, Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for couch potatos and film buffs, the perfect chance to camp out in front of the screen. A couple of date movies open the autumn lineup for the box,...More
The set of "Steel Heart" is where heaven is 2010/02/15, Source,
Hosts of "Steel Heart": Singer/actor Lee Seung-gi (left) and emcee Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Everyone, are you going to feel tired during today's taping? You are, aren't you?" The person who says this in the most coy yet charming way is none other than Kang Ho-dong, the main host of SBS variety show "Steel Heart". He was a former national champion in Korean wrestling and currently also plays the Knee-Drop Guru [on MBC's celebrity talk show "Golden Fishery"]. And like the male Siberian Tiger he is called, more than capable of going out far beyond Korea, his show "Two Night and One Day" is also ready to soon go on its excursion to the South Pole.
With more than twenty guests appearing on every episode, inevitably making the conversations last for over a total six to seven hours in a single sitting, the show's taping session becomes a test of one's physical strength. Hence, the host has to tend to the audience before shooting begins and Kang's partner Lee Seung-gi also greets the audience members with his generous smile. But the audience seem particularly glad to see Lee Soo-geun -- comedian and former MC of a rival variety show -- and cry out in unison "Soo-geun oppa! Great to see you!" before the taping begins. But for Lee -- who coveted Kang Ho-dong's position as show host -- such moments of glory comes to an abrupt end, lasting only five minutes as he starts to ramble during his turn to speak. Then Kang Hong-dong and Lee Seung-gi display their superb skills as hosts by keeping the conversation going and lifting up the atmosphere again,...More
Variety show "Two Nights" eyeing March for South Pole shoot 2010/01/12, Source,
A scene from variety show "Two Nights and One Day" [KBS]
KBS variety show "Two Night and One Days" is aimed at visiting the South Pole for a shoot in March, according to the show's producer on Tuesday.
"We haven't set a detailed schedule yet but are laying out our plans with March in mind", Na Young-suk told Asia Economic Daily over the phone.
He added cautiously though, that the date may be pushed back since it is not easy coordinating the schedules of the cast composed of singers, comedians and actors. "We're having a hard time setting a time frame because it's not easy for everyone to push back or miss out on all their other activities for two whole weeks".,...More
KBS music awards 2009/12/30, Source, Shin Seung-hoon, 2PM attend KBS music awards
Shin Seung-hoon and 2PM [KBS]
From left, singer Shin Seung-hoon and boy band 2PM members Nichkhun, Junsu and Junho perform together on stage at major broadcaster KBS' year-end music awards held at the KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea on December 30, 2009.,...More
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