Korean singer Jay Park is back to Korean showbiz just a few months after being controversially kicked out from pop group 2PM. Jay is now contracted with Sidus HQ, one of Korea’s biggest talent management agency. And he’s the cover boy for August issue of the company’s online magazine [Kr]…
Korean talent management agency Sidus-HQ is under police investigation for tapping on popular actress Jun Ji-hyun’s mobile to monitor her phone conversations and text messages.
The Seoul Police Department was investigating a routine case and by coincidence found Jun Ji-hyun’s number among the many victims, thus prompted the investigation on Sidus-HQ.
Two Sidus-HQ employees have admitted to the illegal eavesdropping; the police is now investigating if there’s a mastermind behind the act.
Earlier reports suggested that phone tapping is a way to monitor the artist’s private life, but it’s later believed that the agency might want to spy on her career decisions as her contract with the agency is coming to an end soon (easy decision for her now).
The celebrities’ privacy infringement by respected agencies is not unheard of, it’s so bad that the Korean Fair Trade Commission in November 2008 has requested agencies to change their contract terms which interferes with the personal life of their artists.
This is the first time though, that an agency has been caught red handed in such a serious act. Other Korean agencies are fast to deny any similar practices, but I doubt the public would take their words in good faith.
Sidus HQ, one of Korea’s largest talent management agency, has opened an office in Beijing. Some of the agency’s biggest stars include Jun Ji-hyun, Song Hye-kyo, Jeon Do-yeon, Cha Tae-hyun, Jung Woo-sung, Jo In-sung and Jang Hyuk etc.
The Beijing office will promote Sidus’s Korean artists in China as well as looking for new Chinese talents. Sidus HQ also plans to cooperate with Chinese firms in film/TV productions which will feature some of their top stars.