Court rejects request for injunction against ‘School 2021’ by former production company

On December 29, 2021, the Seoul Central District Court ruled in favor of the production companies “School 2021” Kingsland and RaemongRaein, and the KBS broadcast network in the lawsuit brought by the former production company SR Pictures.

Earlier in 2021, SR Pictures filed an injunction against the drama, the two production companies, as well as KBS, to cease production of “School 2021”. Kingsland and SR Pictures had originally planned to co-produce the drama in 2020, then titled “School 2020,” but after plans failed, Kingsland produced “School 2021” with the company RaemongRaein, saying the show dealt with a totally different subject.

SR Pictures, however, argued that since the contract for “School 2020” was terminated due to internal circumstances at Kingsland, they owned the exclusive rights to produce “School 2021”. To substantiate this claim, SR Pictures submitted a writing contract between “A” – one of the co-authors of “School 2021” – and the company, as evidence.

Explaining its Dec. 29 decision, the court reportedly said that “School 2021” had nothing to do with SR Pictures’ contract with writer “A,” and furthermore, the contract nowhere indicated that the right to author of the script had been transferred to SR. Pictures.

Broadcasting company KBS commented on the court’s dismissal of the injunction request, saying that in the future it would focus on producing and wrapping up the drama.

“School 2021” is the 8th addition to KBS’s beloved “School” series and stars Kim Yo Han, Cho Yi Hyun, Choo Young Woo and Hwang Bo Reum Byeol. The drama won two awards at the 2021 KBS Drama Awards which took place on December 31, 2021 – Best Couple Award for Cho Yi Hyun and Kim Yo Han, as well as Best New Actor for Kim Yo Han.

“School 2021” airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. KST on KBS2.

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