Block B's Agency Ordered To Pay For The Group's Cancelled Concert Plans
By Staff Writer | July 30, 2013 12:03 AM EDT
In the never-ending saga of Block B vs. Stardom Entertainment there have been many twists and turns that have upset and confused fans, netizens, and various other onlookers.
And now there is another chapter to the story.
According to reports, Stardom Entertainment has been ordered by the Seoul Central District Court to return approximately $580,000 USD to concert production company Shownote after canceling plans for a Block B show the two companies were preparing to collaborate on.
In September 2012 Stardom and Shownote signed a contract outlining the expected concert's profit distribution. Shownote then pre-paid the agency 600 million won for the show. A month later Shownote then gave an additional 52 million won to Stardom to produce Block B's showcase.
However, in January of this year, when the group filed suit against Stardom calling for the cancelation of their contract due to mismanagement and unpaid wages, the concert was called off and a rift was forged between the two companies.
While the justice department eventually dismissed the case between Block B and their record company, the concert that had been planned in conjunction with Shownote was still a no-go and the production company informed Stardom their contract was null and void, suing for the return of the initial investment of 600 million won and the reimbursement of the showcase costs.
Stardom Entertainment claimed blame for the cancelled concert was on the Block B members for refusing to hold the show and issued a counter suit for damages. Furthermore, they insisted Shownote had done "psychological harm" to the agency with press releases that viciously attacked the company head Cho PD.
In the end, however, the court ruled in favor of Shownote and ordered the return of the initial 600 million won as well as the additional 52 million won paid for the group's showcase.
The court's final decision read, "Even if the Block B members happened to wrongfully refuse to hold the concert, that is a problem that should be dealt with within the agency. The contract was broken legally, and Stardom has the obligation to return the prepayments and showcase production fees to Shownote."
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