Finecut to Introduce South Korea's First Writers Agency
The boutique international sales banner is including writers for first time amid growing demand for Korean talent in China
Finecut will launch a local writers' management agency this month, the Seoul-based international sales outfit announced Tuesday. It will be the first of its kind in the Asian country and will cater to an increasing demand for Korean talent in China's ever-expanding film market.
The boutique banner has been known for introducing major Korean auteurs such as Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon Ho, Hong Sangsoo and Kim Ki-duk outside of Korea and for pursuing auteur-based international co-productions.
It has signed 11 established Korean writers for its new initiative, Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF): Cho Sang-bum (Tazza — The Hidden Card, aka Tazza 2), Han Soo-ryoun (Pain), Kim Jae-hwan (2015's upcoming Unaging Boy), Kim Soo-kyung, aka Roy Kim (Big Match), Kwon Sung-hui (The Deal), Lee Hoo-kyoung (Killer Toon), Lee Shinho (The Chaser), Min Ye-ji (Late Autumn), Oh Tae-kyung (Obsessed), Seo You-min (Happiness), and Yoon Hong-gee (Secretly Greatly).
"Noticing the absence of a professional talent agency in Korea despite its film industry's outstanding growth, Finecut created its own talent agency label, Finecut Entertainment, early this year," said CEO Suh Young-joo. Finecut Entertainment represents up-and-coming actors including Seo Youngju (Juvenile Offender) and Cho Dong-in (Stone).
"We felt there was a need for a support system for writers, and the agency was launched in light of the high demand for screenplays and works of Korean writers, especially in China," added Suh.
In October, Chinese online platform giant iQiyi signed exclusive online distribution rights to 50 titles handled by Finecut.