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[Zenith News=Hyerin Lee] Studio Dragon, the production company of the drama 'Arthdal Chronicles' has expressed its position on the issue of the production environment.
Studio Dragon, the producer of tvN drama 'Arthdal Chronicles’, said on the morning of the 8th, "If there was anything we were lacking as the production company that should lead the broadcasting culture, we should humbly accept criticism and promise not to repeat it, so we have refrained from responding to the production environment issue that was recently raised about 'Arthdal Chronicles’. But even at the moment when the first broadcast was aired, some groups continued to raise exaggerated and distorted claims, which is feared to hinder ordinary viewers from fully appreciating dramas."
"As we have repeatedly stated in our previous official statement, We sincerely apologize for the lack of production environment for overseas filming and subcontractors. We will make more efforts to improve the production environment in the future," they said, adding "Studio Dragon is currently taking the lead in improving the production environment with a sense of responsibility in line with the trend of the times. Last year, we voluntarily established a production guide and applied it to the shooting field, and encouraged business partners to participate at the expense. The process of improvement has not been smooth, but we expect the production environment to improve gradually and improve with the passage of time."
"Although discussions on environmental improvement have been underway since last year, overall discussions on the industry are just beginning. However, despite continuous efforts to improve the production environment and the willingness to talk, we are very sorry about the current situation, which has repeatedly spread distorted information and caused negative misunderstandings about the drama that has just started broadcasting with the company. Studio Dragon, a private operator, who joined the drama production association is seeking specific ways to improve the production environment. Currently, we are also participating in the four-way talks under discussion by the Association of Drama Producers, the Hope Alliance Broadcasting Staff, the three ground wave broadcasting companies and the media union," they said.
In addition, Studio Dragon talked about the search on the claims by an informant about long-time filming of 'Arthdal Chronicles', safety accidents when shooting overseas.
In particular, regarding the searching for the informant, Studio Dragon said, "There are claims that the production company searched for informants, but it is groundless. Rather, a press release from the Hope Alliance Broadcasting Staff branch and Hanbit Center on April 10th made it clear that the informant belonged to the 'art makeup team' and that a self-written memo from the staff was attached to the press release, which almost exposed the informant's identity. Later in the meeting with the company, the Hope Alliance staff and the Hanbit Center repeatedly mentioned the issue of the art team, which is a worrisome situation where informants could be revealed."
▼The full text of official statement below
Studio Dragon has refrained from responding to the recent issue of the production environment of 'Arthdal Chronicles', as they believe that if there is anything lacking in production, they should humbly accept criticism and promise not to repeat themselves. It is also based on the judgment that it is not desirable for external issues to be brought to the fore before the drama is aired.
But even at the time of the first broadcast, some groups continued to raise exaggerated and distorted claims, leading to concerns that it would hinder the general audience from fully appreciating the drama. Studios Dragon has released the following statement:
As we have repeatedly stated in our previous official position, we sincerely apologize for the lack of production environment for overseas filming and subcontractors. We will work harder to improve the production environment in the future.
Studio Dragon is taking the lead in improving the production environment with a sense of responsibility in keeping with the times. Last year, the company voluntarily established a production guide and applied it to the shooting field, and encouraged business partners to participate at a cost. The process of improvement has not been smooth, but we expect the production environment to improve and get better over time.
Even the film production sites, which are often compared to the drama production sites, have been supported by years of discussion of improvement and the growth and cooperation of the groups representing each interest group. The drama production site has been discussed over environmental improvement since last year, and the overall industry discussion is just beginning.
However, despite continuous efforts to improve the production environment and expression of willingness to talk, we regret the current situation of the repeated spreading of distorted information and causing negative misunderstandings about the drama that has just started airing with the company.
The claims by groups that distort facts and malicious slandering of the production staff and the production crew can foster confrontation and deepen conflicts between the production staff and the industry's members, thus hindering opportunities for healthy discussion of improvement through dialogue.
As a private operator, Studio Dragon has joined the Drama Producers' Association to seek specific ways to improve its production environment. Currently, we are also participating in the four-way talks under discussion by the Association of Drama Producers, the Hope Alliance Broadcasting Staff, the three ground wave broadcasting companies and the media union. As this is a discussion between our representative organizations, we look forward to seeing innovative changes that can impact the industry as a whole.
Finally, we would like to add separate addition to your repeated inaccuracies and claims regarding the 'Arthdal Chronicles'. Thank you.
- Long-time shooting
As previously stated in our official statement, we divided the 'Arthdal Chronicles' field staff into team A and B to comply with our own 68-hour weekly production guidance.
Team A has filmed an average of 43 hours a week and 12 hours a day for 37 weeks since last September, while Team B has filmed an average of 35 hours a week and 12 hours a day for 23 weeks since December. Team A shot 131 of the 250 days, and the break was 119 days. Team B shot 64 of the 162 days, and the break was 98 days.
The art makeup team, which raised the issue of filming for a long time (based on press releases from the Hope Alliance Broadcasting Staff and the Hanbit Center press conference on April 10th), has no legal/contractual duties or authority as users who can command and supervise them individually. However, as a production company in charge of the entire production process, we feel responsible and will revise the contract to comply with the production guidance when contracting under the subcontract to improve the overall environment of the staff working in the same space.
- Overseas shooting in Brunei
Special conditions in areas where production infrastructure is not in place, Brunei took 113 hours of filming in seven days. To prepare for this, we consulted with the staff in advance and worked out measures for human and material support, including additional personnel and field support, but there was a shortage in the area. We apologize to the staff who have worked hard on this part once again. We'll be fully prepared and we'll improve the filming in a better environment.
- Safety accident when filming abroad
The injured individual felt abnormalities only after returning to Korea, and the cost of treatment after treatment was covered by the staff’s safety insurance. There is no reason to claim that the cause of the accident is because of the excessive filming schedule, and the person involved is concerned about the situation that claims are exaggerated.
Also, the claim that Brunei shooting went ahead with the shooting with ignoring the local coordinator's opinion was groundless, and all of the filming was pre-consulted and in close cooperation with the local staff.
- Claims to search for informants.
There are claims that the production company tried to search for the informant, but it's actually groundless. Rather, it was revealed through the press release of the Hope Alliance's Broadcasting Staff and Hanbit Center on April 10th that the informant belonged to the ‘art makeup team’ and that a self-written memo of the staff was attached to the press release, which almost exposed the informant's identity. Later, during the meeting with us, the Hope Alliance staff and the Hanbit Center repeatedly mentioned the problem of the art team, which is a worrisome situation where informants could be revealed.
We hope that this answer will clear up some questions about the inaccurate information related to the 'Arthdal Chronicles', and if we find anything to be lacking in the future, we will humbly accept criticism and take the lead in preventing a reoccurrence and to improve. Thank you.
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