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10 Korean Actors Who’ve Established Their Own Entertainment Agencies

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KoreanΒ Actors Who’ve Established Their Own Entertainment Agencies

1. Lee Je Hoon

Lee Je HoonΒ continues to grow his career portfolio as anΒ actor,Β film director,Β co-founder of a production company, and now, as the CEO of his own agency. Last June, theΒ Move To HeavenΒ star established the management labelΒ COMPANY ON, which is pronounced like the word “companion.” TheΒ agency’s nameΒ wants to relay that it’s a place where peopleΒ with the same interest can be together.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Lee Je Hoon

2.Β Lee Seung Gi

Another newly-minted agency is owned by the multi-talentedΒ Lee Seung Gi. Back in May, he parted ways withΒ Hook Entertainment,Β hisΒ management label of 17 years. Following this decision, Seung Gi set upΒ his one-man agency, Human Made, with hisΒ appaΒ (father). A month after, it was reported that Hook Entertainment will beΒ partneringΒ with Human Made.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Lee Seung Gi

INSTAGRAM/HOOK_ENTERTAINMENT

3.Β Ha Ji Won

After her 10-year stay inΒ Well Made Star M,Β Ha Ji WonΒ decided to put up her own agency in 2013 namedΒ Haewadal Entertainment, whichΒ translates to “the sun and the moon.” Before she pursued it, a lot of major agenciesΒ wanted Ji Won to be a part of their team but she chose to be independent.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Ha Ji Won

INSTAGRAM/HAJIWON1023

4.Β Rain

Hallyu superstarΒ RainΒ is the CEO of two entertainment agencies:Β J.Tune Entertainment was established in 2007 whileΒ R.A.I.N CompanyΒ started in 2016. The latter currently manages actressΒ Oh Ye Ju, the K-pop groupΒ CIIPHER, andΒ RainΒ himself (for both his acting and idol activities).

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Rain

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5.Β Lee Jong Suk

Apart from hisΒ multi-million real estate properties,Β Lee Jong SukΒ also set up his own entertainment agency,Β A-MAN Project, in 2018.Β His label initiallyΒ partnered with YNK EntertainmentΒ to manage his domestic activities, but theyΒ separated ways after six months.Β Based on a 2019 report by Soompi, SukkiΒ resigned as the executive directorΒ of A-MAN Project in that year, and his younger brother was soon registered for that position.

Korean actors who've established their own agencies: Lee Jong Suk

INSTAGRAM/JONGSUK0206

6.Β So Ji Sub

Our OGΒ oppaΒ So Ji SubΒ started hisΒ career as a model. Later on, he became an actor and he eventuallyΒ ran his own agency. 2011 markedΒ Ji Sub’sΒ new endeavor when heΒ founded 51k, andΒ he initially revealed that his business will focus on his activities and will not be recruiting other actors. Years after, this was changed and the agency now handlesΒ Β 2PM‘sΒ TaecyeonΒ andΒ Cha HakΒ Yeon, among others.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: So Ji Sub

INSTAGRAM/51K_OFFICIAL

7.Β Hyun Bin

In 2012,Β Hyun BinΒ partnered with his former labelmate,Β Shin Min Ah, and establishedΒ O& EntertainmentΒ after he was discharged from the military. Come 2016, he ledΒ VAST EntertainmentΒ withΒ his mentor CEOΒ Kang Kun Taek.Β Three years later, it wasΒ acquired by Kakao M,Β but Hyun Bin remains as an actor under this label. Some of theΒ artists that are handled by VAST includeΒ Start-UpΒ starΒ Stephanie LeeΒ andΒ Extraordinary You’sΒ Kim Ji In.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Hyun Bin

INSTAGRAM/VAST.ENT

8.Β Bae Yong Joon

You’re probably familiar withΒ Keyeast Entertainment, which houses some of the biggest stars in the industry likeΒ Hwang In Yeop,Β Moon Ga Young,Β Woo Do Hwan,Β andΒ Kang Han Na, This agency was actually founded byΒ Winter SonataΒ actorΒ Bae Young Joon,Β and because of this career shift, he was listed in the 2015Β top 10 billionaire stockholders. The executives of Keyeast were mostly Yong Joon’sΒ former managersΒ whom he has worked with for more than a decade.Β In 2018, the agency wasΒ purchased by SM Entertainment.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment agencies: Bae Yong Joon

INSTAGRAM/YONGJOON_BAE

9.Β Jung Woo Sung

Together withΒ hisΒ BFFΒ Lee Jung Jae,Β Jung Woo SungΒ co-founded Artist Company in 2016. A year after, heΒ stepped downΒ from his CEO position and became a director in order for him to focus on his acting career. Artist Company currently managesΒ Yum Jung Ah,Β Park So Dam,Β Go Ara, andΒ Esom, to name a few.

Korean actors who've established their entertainment: Jung Woo Sung

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10.Β Kim Nam Gil

Kim Nam Gil‘s most recent venture isΒ leading his own company,Β Gilstory ENT, which he formed withΒ Sanai Pictures’Β Han Jae Deok. According toΒ The Fiery PriestΒ actor, the agencyΒ will manage talents, create content, and more:Β β€œIΒ will proceed with activities in various fields with Gilstory ENT.Β We plan to gradually recruit artists from various fields to expand not only our management but also our artist-oriented IP businesses. I would appreciate it if youΒ would keepΒ on the lookout.”

Korean actors who've established their entertainment: Kim Nam Gil