Mega Monster

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Mega Monster Corporation
Native name
Hangul(주)메가몬스터
Revised Romanization(Ju)Megamonseuteo
Formerly
Story Plant Co., Ltd.
Traded asUnlisted company
Industryentertainment and media production
FoundedNovember 20, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-11-20) in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
FounderKim Yang
Headquarters20/F Sangam DMC Digital Cube, 34 Sangamsan-ro, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, ,
Key people
  • Lee Jun-ho (CEO)[a]
  • Kim Yong-jin (Vice-President/COO)
ProductsKorean drama
Owner
Parent
Websitemegamon.dweb.co.kr

Mega Monster (Korean메가몬스터; RRMegamonseuteo) is a South Korean TV series production company under the Video Content Company division of Kakao M.[3] The company was formerly known as Story Plant, and was a subsidiary of CJ E&M (known now as CJ ENM). In 2017, Kakao M acquired all of the stake. Since then, a portion of the stake has been acquired by KakaoPage and Studio Dragon, a subsidiary of CJ Group.[4]

History[edit]

  • November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20): Story Plant was founded in Goyang City, first led by former SBS producer Kim Yang as CEO. CJ E&M acquired it later on.
  • January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09): Heart to Heart, a 16-episode TV series, premiered on tvN. It was the company's first production, in cooperation with Chorokbaem Media.
  • May 4, 2015 (2015-05-04): A Bird That Doesn't Sing, a 100-episode TV series, was aired on tvN.
  • June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29): We Broke Up, a 10-episode web series based on the same-titled Naver webtoon, was distributed by Naver TV, and later aired on OnStyle. It was produced in association with then-parent CJ E&M and YGKPlus.
  • February 27, 2016 (2016-02-27): Happy Home, a 51-episode TV series, was aired by MBC TV.
  • May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10): LOEN Entertainment (now Kakao M), a subsidiary of Kakao, acquired Story Plant from CJ E&M, as well as the distribution rights to its productions (from the latter's subsidiary Studio Dragon).[5] Later on, LOEN's sister company Podotree (now KakaoPage) and Studio Dragon acquired 21.90% and 10.95% of the company's shares, respectively, for strategic investment.[6] As a result, the company changed its name to Mega Monster, and LOEN's Video Content Company head Lee Jun-ho became its new CEO. It also moved its headquarters from Goyang City to Seoul.
  • November 21, 2018 (2018-11-21): Children of Nobody, a 32-episode[b] TV series, was aired on MBC TV. It was the company's first production since the management and name change.
  • February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06): Touch Your Heart, a 16-episode TV series based on the KakaoPage web novel of the same title, aired its first episode on tvN. It was co-produced by Zium Content, and developed by Studio Dragon.[8]
  • June 11, 2019 (2019-06-11): Mega Monster, Daum Webtoon Company (a division of KakaoPage) and the KBS Drama Production Group signed a memorandum of agreement and understanding (MOAU) for drama production at the KBS Yeouido office. The MOAU states that the three camps will produce dramas based on Daum webtoons for three years.[9][10]

Production works[edit]

Year Title Network Associated Production
2015 Heart to Heart tvN Chorokbaem Media
A Bird That Doesn't Sing N/A
We Broke Up
2016 Happy Home MBC TV N/A
2018 Children of Nobody
2019 Touch Your Heart[c] tvN Zium Content
2020 Dead Man's Letters[9] (literal translation) KBS 2TV N/A

Current managed people[edit]

Directors[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lee also concurrently serves as co-CEO of Mega Monster's sister company Krispy Studio [ko], a web content company which is also under the Video Content Company division of Kakao M.
  2. ^ In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between them.[7]
  3. ^ Developed by Studio Dragon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "오시는길 (company address)". Mega Monster. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "메가몬스터(주) (Mega Monster Corp.)". SaraminHR. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Video Contents". kakao-m.com. Kakao M. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Song, Jin-shik (July 28, 2017). 드라마에 욕심내는 카카오, ‘스튜디오 카카오’ 나올까 [Kakao becomes newest addition to drama (industry), "Studio Kakao" coming soon]. News Kyunghyang (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Jung, Young-ho; Kim, Byung-gun; Lee, Dong-hoon (May 10, 2017). "카카오 자회사 로엔, CJ 드라마 제작사 인수" [Kakao subsidiary LOEN acquires drama production company from CJ]. Korea Economic Daily (in Korean). Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Kim, Hyun-sik (May 11, 2017). 로엔, 스튜디오드래곤과 드라마 제작사 설립 [LOEN, Studio Dragon to start drama production partnership]. No Cut News (in Korean). CBS and CBSi. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Park, Jin-hai (May 16, 2017). "Drama viewers angry over commercial breaks". Press Reader. The Korea Times. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Jung, Yoo-hyun (December 21, 2018). "카카오M, 메가몬스터에 60억 지원... 영상사업 '드라이브'" [Kakao M lends ₩660M to Mega Monster, "drives" content production]. The Bell (in Korean). Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Choi, Young-joo (June 12, 2019). 다음웹툰, 메가몬스터가 만들고 KBS가 방송한다 [Daum Webtoon, Mega Monster partner with KBS for drama production]. No Cut News (in Korean). CBS and CBSi. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Lee, Jae-lim (June 13, 2019). "KBS inks deal with Daum Webtoons". Korea JoongAng Daily. JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved June 14, 2019.

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