Korean media pointed out CEO Kwon’s overwhelming power in relation to Lee Seung Gi’s music revenue controversy.
Founded in 2002, HOOK Entertainment announced a smooth start with Korean diva Lee Sun Hee as their representative artist. HOOK’s current CEO Kwon Jin Young was initially hired as Lee Sun Hee’s manager. Throughout the past two decades, she also entered the real estate industry and developed the company’s brand name through hard work.
In terms of size, HOOK is a small and medium-sized company, but it gained national fame with famous artists, such as Lee Seung Gi and Lee Sun Hee. This success obviously not depends on luck only, but also results from the hard work of the artists and management staff. In the entertainment industry, HOOK is a Korean entertainment known for the solid loyalty between the artists and company staff.
CEO Kwon was a broad-minded, decisive and loyal person, and she has reigned her “kingdom” as the CEO of Lee Sun Hee and Lee Seung Gi for more than 20 years. Except for the power trip scandals, it is true that HOOK wouldn’t have been successful without CEO Kwon’s contribution. She clearly has an eye for creating ways for stars and expanding business.
However, in addition to the rumors of Lee Seung Gi receiving 0 won in music revenue from HOOK, the transcript to prove CEO Kwon’s power trip released by Dispatch shows that the situation has changed.
CEO Kwon once promised great success based on the destined meeting of three people after Lee Sun Hee discovered Lee Seung Gi. Many years have passed and CEO Kwon, whose wealth and power already grew enormously, has changed. The violent remarks of CEO Kwon in the transcript released on November 23rd were enough to prove the suspicions of a power trip and the presumption that CEO Kwon has independently become the most powerful person at HOOK.
It is highly likely that CEO Kwon’s influence has grown significantly over the past decades while building the image of a loyal family for HOOK. The fact that CEO Kwon purchased buildings and raised the assets of the company thanks to her excellent eyes for real estate must have been the primary method to block all employees’ mouths. Above all, since HOOK is a small company with not too many employees, the growing influence of the CEO is the problem.
On the same day, a reporter-turned-Youtuber also revealed his claim to support Dispatch’s report. Accordingly, Lee Sun Hee was not in a position to raise her voice in matters related to HOOK’s management. Only after the police raid of HOOK did Lee Sun Hee belatedly learn about the issue. The Youtuber claimed that “National singer” Lee Sun Hee failed to surpass the power of CEO Kwon and the two’s relationship is not going well.
If so, what’s the point of raising Lee Sun Hee’s responsibility for the 18-year slave contract of Lee Seung Gi? According to a series of reports and testimonies, the artists were just employees who were controlled and swayed by the CEO.
Lee Seung Gi, who has not received any settlement of profits from his music activities for 18 years, was born in 1986 and is relatively young compared to those inside HOOK’s management system. If all the testimonies were true, Lee Seung Gi would have endured CEO Kwon for a long time and looked for the possibility of an improvement in the CEO’s behavior. However, according to Lee Seung Gi’s position, his 18-year loyalty and trust in HOOK and CEO Kwon has broken, and the most important thing for him now is exposing the unfair contract. Lee Seung Gi’s fandom has also begun to protest against HOOK by showing off their huge support for the actor. The majority of the public sympathizes with Lee Seung Gi’s unfairness and seems to be on Lee Seung Gi’s side.