<Producer Yoo Young Jin's official statement>

As a musician who has taken up residence at SM Entertainment for a very long time, I would like to deliver my personal position regarding the company's current situation.

I cannot approve of the current management's 'SM 3.0' vision outline, announced on February 3, as the proposal excludes teacher Lee Soo Man from the role of producer for our company's artists. I also express my regret at the prospect that creative producers, one of the most vital participants of content production, will not take part in the content production area in this model. The announcement claimed that the company would follow a multi-(creative)producer model, but in reality, it is one of multi-(mass)production. 

After the announcement, I consulted teacher Lee Soo Man on whether or not he was made aware of the management's plans or if any discussion had occurred between him and management, and Lee Soo Man confirmed that he was not informed. Teacher Lee's contract came to an end last year, but he never said that he would retire as a producer. 

The fact that the management announced plans for 'SM 3.0' without consulting Lee Soo Man, and that it also publicly dismissed Lee Soo Man as a producer of the company, came as a great shock to me. 
The multi-producing system was a model which teacher Lee began preparations for some years ago, as to devise a model and a manual for the company's survival in the post-Lee Soo Man era.

I personally believe that teacher Lee Soo Man is one of the few, if not the only, Korean producer(s) with a deep and precise understanding of patterns in contemporary culture and IT, who can predict the future of music consumption and changes to the industry caused by the invention of new platforms. He has frequently predicted that an era of celebrities, robots, avatars, the metaverse, and NFTs would arrive, and that the industry needed to prepare for it. 

SM Entertainment was able to play a leading role in the past and present of K-Pop, as well as begin key preparations for the evolving world of music in the future, precisely because of Lee Soo Man's batting eye, his keen judgement. 

Without teacher Lee Soo Man's producing capabilities, SM would not be the true SM. Thus, I, Yoo Young Jin, intend on following teacher Lee Soo Man's decisions by his side. I have already delivered my position to CEO Lee Sung Soo, that I cannot continue to work for SM if the current situation persists.

Thank you.


SM Entertainment Director Yoo Young Jin

CR: Allkpop

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1. Doesn't Yoo Young Jin have a lot of fans?

2. Huh? So if Lee Soo Man dies, it will be the end of SM? That's his logic?...

3. Old farts...

4. Wow this is almost religious-devote level... that's why Lee Soo Man gave him so much work

5. Please get out... thank you!

6. If it's hard to agree with the current management, then just leave. If you can't take the heat, can't you just get out?

7. I've been a fan of idols for a lont time... and I've seen all the disputes from other companies' old farts 

8. When I look at SM, they just remind me of the Johnnys. They were stagnant and now, they are rotten

9. Then just go hand-in-hand and leave together

10. I really hope that something changes inside SM... It's been years since I haven't listened to SM's music......

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