The general rule of thumb in the Korean entertainment industry used to be that movie directors created movies, and drama directors produced dramas.
However, the barrier among forms of media is quickly vanishing as more directors jump from movies to dramas to variety shows, and vice versa.
Here is a list of talented directors who have digressed from or left their original platforms.
Movie Directors To Drama Producers
The director of tvNs Criminal Minds Yang Yoon Ho is on his second drama production after KBS 2TVs Iris from 2009. The former film director previously directed movies such as Glass, White Valentine, Holiday, and Fighter of the Wind.
Upcoming OCN drama Save Me is also produced by former film director Kim Seong Soo. Kim Seong Soo directed films such as Wild Animal and Nameless Person.
Film director Jang Hang Joon, who is known for shooting the Muhan Company special on MBCs Infinite Challenge, produced SBSs popular drama Sign in 2011. Prior to Sign, Jang Hang Joon directed the movies Turn On The Lighter and Blow Spring Wind.
The head of the production company for Criminal Minds explained, Many film directors in Hollywood produce dramas too, and continued, Film directors are usually in demand when there is a need for movie-like cinematography, or if a drama is produced large scale.
Drama Producers Who Film Movies
The historical comedy movie series Detective K is directed by JTBCs drama producer Kim Suk Yoon. Kim Suk Yoon successfully transitioned from TV producer to film director through the first and second installments of Detective K, and will be shooting the third installment of the film in August.
KBSs producer Kim Han Sol also became a film director after airing a successful documentary series on KBS in 2016. The documentary Im Jin Wae Ran, or Japanese Invasion of Korea 1952, will be available in cinemas through a spinoff version directed by Kim Han Sol himself.
A source from KBS explained, In an era of one-source, multi-use, if a TV producer can create a film using a good idea, there isnt any reason for broadcasting stations to reject it.
Variety Show Producers Who Turned To Dramas
Previously mentioned producer Kim Suk Yoon started his career as a variety show producer before branching out to dramas and films. He scored success with sitcom Old Miss Diary, and transitioned into film directing with Detective K.
tvNs hit drama Reply 1988 series was also produced by past variety show producer Shin Won Ho, while KBS 2TV drama Greatest One-Shot was made by variety show 2 Days 1 Nights former producer Yoo Ho Jin.
Another show producer Min Jin Gi, who directed tvNs SNL Korea, created recent drama Circle. Meanwhile, OCN dramas Bad Guys and Squad 38 were produced by film director Han Dong Hwa.
A source from CJ EM, home to tvN, shared, There are many variety show producers who are interested in directing dramas. The same goes for filming directors. The source advised, Since theres a growing demand for dramas, directors will be able to seize the opportunity [for transition] if they are talented enough and are thoroughly prepared.