- Headlined by Spackman Media Group artist Kim Sang-kyung, POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST surpassed its own highest viewership records, securing the top spot for its time slot across all TV channels in Korea
- The tvN K-drama recorded an average viewership rating of 5.0% to 5.9% for households nationwide for its latest episode aired on August 16, as compared to the broadcaster’s average viewership rating of 2.2% to 2.6%
- Previously, Kim Sang-kyung starred in AIR MURDER, which was co-produced by the Group’s indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary Platform Media Group and was the #1 Korean film at its opening weekend box office in Korea
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 17 August 2022 – Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (the “Group“), one of Korea’s leading entertainment production groups founded in 2011 by media & technology investor Charles Spackman, wishes to announce that the tvN K-drama, POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST, headlined by veteran actor Kim Sang-kyung of Spackman Media Group Limited (“Spackman Media Group“), broke its own highest viewership records, taking the top spot for its time slot across all TV channels in Korea.
The latest episode of Kim Sang-kyung’s latest K-drama, POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST, posted an average viewership rating of 5.0% to 5.9% for households nationwide on August 16, as compared to the broadcaster’s average viewership rating of 2.2% to 2.6%, based on Nielson Korea, an audience rating research company.
The solid performance of POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST underscores the star power of Kim Sang-kyung, who previously starred in Korean film AIR MURDER, which was co-produced by the Group’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. and was ranked as the top Korean film at its first weekend box office in Korea.
POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST is based on the novel of the same name that won the Excellence Award in the 2016 Korea Story Contest. Directed by Park Won-gook, written by Park Seul-gi, Choi Min-ho & Lee Bom, and produced by Studio Dragon, the Joseon era drama depicts the redemption of a disgraced royal physician who becomes a well-respected psychiatrist in a small village. Along with Kim Sang-kyung, POONG, THE JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST features Kim Min-jae of DALI AND COCKY PRINCE (2021) and Kim Hyang-gi of ALONG WITH THE GODS (2017-2018).
Previously, Kim Sang-kyung of Spackman Media Group starred in SBS drama RACKET BOY BAND (2021), which was released on Netflix & SBS. He also starred in tvN’s and Netflix’s THE CROWNED CLOWN (2019). Kim Sang-kyung won the Jury Special Award for his role in THE DISCLOSER (2017) at the 38th Golden Cinematography Awards. He is widely known for his leading roles in MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003), directed by Bong Joon-ho of PARASITE (2019) and the Group’s 2013 US production SNOWPIERCER. Kim Sang-kyung won the Jury Special Award at the 38th Golden Cinematography Awards in 2018 and the Excellence Award & Netizen Award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards.
About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited
Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (“SEGL” or the “Company“), and together with its subsidiaries, (the “Group“), is one of Korea’s leading entertainment production groups. SEGL is primarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, and financing of theatrical 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 starting in the early 2000’s with the pioneering success of Sidus Pictures, the largest movie production company at the time and the first to be listed in Korea. Mr. Spackman is also the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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 founding, SEGL had produced more than 30 major motion pictures including a number of the highest grossing and award-winning films in Korea, namely #ALIVE (2020), CRAZY ROMANCE (2019), DEFAULT (2018), MASTER (2016), THE PRIESTS (2015), SNOWPIERCER (2013), COLD EYES (2013) and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012).
Our films are theatrically distributed and released in Korea and overseas markets, as well as for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including online streaming, cable TV, broadcast TV, IPTV, video-on-demand, and home video/DVD, etc. Generally, we release our motion pictures into wide-theatrical exhibition initially in Korea, and then in overseas and ancillary markets.
The Group also invests into and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also own equity stakes in entertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially and strategically complement our existing core operations. SEGL is listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the ticker 40E.
SEGL owns Novus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. (“Novus Mediacorp“), an investor, presenter, and/or post-theatrical distributor for a total of 79 films (58 Korean and 21 foreign) including ROSE OF BETRAYAL, THE OUTLAWS and SECRETLY, GREATLY, which was one of the biggest box office hits of 2013 starring Kim Soo-hyun of MY LOVE FROM THE STARS, as well as FRIEND 2: THE GREAT LEGACY. In 2012, Novus Mediacorp was also the post-theatrical rights distributor of ALL ABOUT MY WIFE, a top-grossing romantic comedy produced by Zip Cinema. In 2018, THE OUTLAWS, co-presented by Novus Mediacorp broke the all-time highest Video On Demand (“VOD“) sales records in Korea. For more information, please visit http://novusmediacorp.com
The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Simplex Films Limited (“Simplex Films“) which is an early stage film production firm. The maiden film of Simplex Films, JESTERS: THE GAME CHANGERS (2019), was released in Korea on 21 August 2019. Simplex Films has several line-up of films including HURRICANE BROTHERS (working title).
The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Take Pictures Pte. Ltd. (“Take Pictures“) which produced STONE SKIPPING (2020) and THE BOX (2021), and shall release THE GUEST in the second half of 2022 and A MAN OF REASON, with the previous working title GUARDIAN in 2022 tentatively.
The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Greenlight Content Limited (“Greenlight Content“) which is mainly involved in the business of investing into dramas and movies, as well as providing consulting services for the production of Korean content. Through the acquisition of Greenlight Content, the Group’s first co-produced drama, MY SECRET TERRIUS, starring top Korean star, So Ji Sub, achieved #1 in drama viewership ratings for its time slot and recorded double digits for its highest viewership ratings. Greenlight Content was one of the main investors of MY SECRET TERRIUS.
The Company owns a 20% equity interest in The Makers Studio Co. Ltd., which plans to produce and release four upcoming films, the first of which will be THE ISLAND OF THE GHOST’S WAIL, a comedy horror film.
The Company holds an effective shareholding interest of 43.88% 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 top names in the 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). Through these full-service talent agencies in Korea, SMGL represents and guides the professional careers of a leading roster of award-winning actors/actresses in the practice areas of motion pictures, television, commercial endorsements, and branded entertainment. SMGL leverages its unparalleled portfolio of artists as a platform to develop, produce, finance and own the highest quality of entertainment content projects, including theatrical motion pictures, variety shows and TV dramas. This platform also creates and derives opportunities for SMGL to make strategic investments in development stage businesses 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 owns a 100% equity interest in Constellation Agency Pte. Ltd. (“Constellation Agency“). Constellation Agency, which owns The P Factory Co., Ltd. (“The P Factory“) and Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. (“PMG“), is primarily involved in the business of overseas agency for Korean artists venturing into the overseas market. The P Factory is an innovative marketing solutions provider specializing in event and branded content production. PMG is a talent management agency which represents and manages the careers of major artists in film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment.
The Company also operates a café-restaurant, Upper West, in the Gangnam district of Seoul and own a professional photography studio, noon pictures Co., Ltd.
For more details, please visit http://www.spackmanentertainmentgroup.com/