На Inkigeul вышел перевод статьи о зарплатах ведущих актеров и связанный с уходом китайцев кризис в корейском дорамопроме:

With the Korean wave and investments pouring in from China, Hallyu stars' worth are currently on the rise. Their appearances fees fetch anywhere from $8,700 to $87,000. SBS "Saimdang: Light's Diary" was 100% pre-produced and received a $10 million investment from Hong Kong's Emperor Entertainment. The lead actress, Lee Young Ae, reportedly received $87,000 per episode.

The drama scene is becoming quite different though. You don't see Hallyu stars like Lee Young Ae as often and it seems like more new faces are filling in the spots of lead roles. Naturally, the average payout for lead roles are decreasing because of this change. Insiders say the salary gap between lead actors is starting to get bigger and bigger.
A starred in a drama on a public broadcast channel which gained a lot of popularity this first half of the year. 'A' received somewhere between $5200 to $6000 per episode. 'A' is rising as a top star, though it hasn't been long since A rose to a 'lead' level position so with that in mind, A's pay was much lower than expected.
New actors B and C have been appearing on a variety of public broadcast mini series and they've both been getting lots of love calls from drama producers. The reason was because their fees are cheap. Combining the fact that their faces are somewhat known, their acting skill is alright, and their fees are only around $2600 per episode... a nickname has spread among drama producers, half-jokingly and half-seriously they call them "actors that are a bang for your buck."
With the after effect of China's ban on Korean entertainment, more of these "bang for your buck actors" are filling up the spots of lead roles. A broadcast insider said, "Dramas aren't getting enough money without the Chinese market. So naturally broadcast companies are tightening their belts. The good days where you could spend almost the entire production budget on the actors' salary alone to make a drama are long gone."

"The reason we're leaning towards new faces is because we also want to give out spots to rookies but truthfully, the biggest reason is because their appearance fees are cheaper. I think this will continue until the Korean-Chinese relations are resolved."

With that said, there are still actors receiving over $8700 per episode. These actors are usually the ones appearing on dramas produced by CJ E&M (operates tvN, Mnet, OCN). They've received a huge investment and have grown their cable viewers so they are able to give actors huge salaries.
D is an actor who isn't yet known to be a 'lead spot' worthy actor but D received a $43,000 contract. This is something that would hardly be seen for public broadcast channels. More Hallyu stars are pursuing cable dramas aggressively with the main reasons being they produce higher quality projects and their pay is much larger.
The huge gap between public broadcast and cable companies has formed a gap between salaries. Another insider revealed, "The higher the actors' fees go up, the less there is for the production budget. But we still have to offer top stars a huge sum of money. So all the more, we would rather lean towards new faces to take the lead spots and stop this abnormal rise of salaries. Even so cable TV channels are still offering large amounts of money so it's hard for public broadcast companies to co-exist with CJ E&M."

Как видите, после ухода китайцев денег стало катастрофически мало, а платить главным актерам зарплату $87 000 означает, что остальная часть расходов на дораму сократятся, поэтому продюсеры стали приглашать хороших актеров из второстепенных ролей. Если их актерская игра на хорошем уровне, они любимы зрителями и стоят ГОРАЗДО ДЕШЕВЛЕ топовых актеров, почему на главные роли не пригласить их?
Я никогда не думала, что роли в кабельных каналах стоят дороже, чем в общественных. Ну, конгломерат CJ E&M может платить хорошие деньги, а общественные каналы, как оказывается, в основном спонсировались китайцами.
Тем временем, корейско-американские актеры Дэниел Дэ Ким и Грейс Пак ушли из актерского состава "Гавайи 5-0" как раз из-за зарплат, которые гораздо ниже их белых коллег, а у Грейс так вообще получает еще меньше, чем Дениэл. Сам же Дэниел сказал, что не договорились с условиями контракта на новый сезон, а вот слухи ходят такие.

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@темы: дорамы, актеры, Корея