Entertainment Industry Experts Vote On Key Players Representing Hallyu

From March 25 through 31, media outlet Sports Seoul surveyed 100 entertainment industry experts to gather their thoughts on key players in the industry.

Each representative wrote down their top three votes for each category.

BTS was voted as the top K-pop representative of Hallyu with 90 votes and also as the top representative of Hallyu overall with 86 votes. In addition to BTS and Big Hit, SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment showed strong results across the K-pop categories.

The results are as follows:

Key Players In K-pop Representing Hallyu

  1. BTS (90 votes)
  2. EXO (58 votes)
  3. TWICE (51 votes)
  4. BLACKPINK (19 votes)
  5. BIGBANG (9 votes)
  6. TVXQ, Wanna One (5 votes each)
  7. SEVENTEEN, PSY (4 votes each)

Top Production Executives Representing K-pop

  1. Bang Shi Hyuk (26 votes)
  2. Lee Soo Man (16 votes)
  3. Park Jin Young (12 votes)
  4. Yang Hyun Suk (7 votes)

Top Agencies Representing K-pop

  1. SM Entertainment (69 votes)
  2. JYP Entertainment (60 votes)
  3. Big Hit Entertainment (55 votes)
  4. YG Entertainment (20 votes)

Key Players In K-pop Representing New Generation Hallyu

  1. ITZY (40 votes)
  2. BLACKPINK (29 votes)
  3. TXT (22 votes)
  4. NCT (18 votes)
  5. Stray Kids (11 votes)
  6. SEVENTEEN, IZ*ONE (9 votes each)
  7. MONSTA X, (G)I-DLE (8 votes each)

Key Players In The Drama Industry Representing Hallyu

  1. Song Joong Ki (37 votes)
  2. Kim Soo Hyun (25 votes)
  3. Gong Yoo (22 votes)
  4. Park Bo Gum (21 votes)
  5. Song Hye Kyo (17 votes)
  6. Jun Ji Hyun (16 votes)

Key Players In The Drama Industry Representing New Generation Hallyu

  1. Park Bo Gum (13 votes)
  2. Nam Joo Hyuk (12 votes)
  3. Jung Hae In (11 votes)
  4. Jang Ki Yong (9 votes)
  5. Park Seo Joon (7 votes)
  6. IU (5 votes)
  7. Kim Tae Ri (3 votes)

Key Players In Variety Show Television Representing Hallyu

  1. Yoo Jae Suk (61 votes)
  2. Lee Kwang Soo (30 votes)
  3. Kang Ho Dong (27 votes)
  4. Kim Jong Kook (18 votes)
  5. Na Young Suk (8 votes)

Key Players In Variety Show Television Representing New Generation Hallyu

  1. Yang Se Hyung (21 votes)
  2. Park Na Rae (18 votes)
  3. Lee Seung Gi (9 votes)
  4. Jun Hyun Moo (8 votes)
  5. Lee Kwang Soo, Jo Se Ho, Kwanghee (7 votes each)

The following 100 industry representatives participated in the survey:

Baek Chang Joo (C-JeS Entertainment), Bang Ji Yeon (Melon), Black Eyed Pilseung (producing team), Choi Geun Ha (Showbox), Choi Jin Hee (Studio Dragon), Choi Jin Woo (HighUp Entertainment), Choi Kwan Yong (SMC), Choi Myung Kyu (Huayi Brothers Korea), Choi Sung Pil (Plan A Entertainment), Choi Yoon Hee (CJ ENM Film Business Division), Ham Young Hoon (JTBC), Han Jae Duk (Sanai Pictures), Han Jung Soo (Kiwi Media Group), Hong Il Hwa (Cube Entertainment), Hong Jin Young (Korea Music Copyright Association), Hong Min Ki (KeyEast Entertainment), Im Jung Ah (JTBC), Im Seung Yong (Yong Film), Jang Bo Kyung (Delight), Jang Kyung Ik (Studio & NEW), Jeon Hye Jung (London East Asia Film Festival), Jo Joon Sung (songwriter), Jo Sung Wan (FNC Entertainment), Jo Young Chul (Mystic Entertainment), Jo Young Shik (CJ ENM), Joo Bang Ok (Blossom Entertainment), Joo Pil Ho (Jupiter Film), Joo Sung Woo (MBC), Jung Deok Gyun (J,wide-Company), Jung Hae Ryong (Monster Union), Jung Jin Ho (Big Hit Entertainment), Jung Tae Won (Taewon Entertainment), Jung Won Jung (I-JE Company), Kang Dong Young (Lotte Cultureworks), Kang Hye Jung (Film R&K), Kang Hyo Mi (1st Look Magazine), Kang Soo Jin (LOEN Entertainment), Kang Tae Gyu (popular culture critic), Kim Dae Hee (CGV), Kim Eun Ah (SM Entertainment), Kim Jang Kyun (Management SOOP), Kim Ji Woo (Celltrion Entertainment), Kim Jin Woo (RBW), Kim Jong Do (Namoo Actors), Kim Jung Min (Film K), Kim Kyo Shik (HNS HQ), Kim Sang Heon (Chorokbaem Media), Kim Sang Ho (JYP Entertainment), Kim Seok Hyeon (tvN), Kim Sook Kyung (Jellyfish Entertainment), Kim Sung Hwan (About Film), Kim Yeon Soo (Pledis Entertainment), Kim Young Seop (SBS Contents Hub), Kwon Chang Hyun (Music K Entertainment), Kwon Suk (MBC), Kwon Young Joo (The TicTalk), Lee Chae Hyun (Hohohobeach), Lee Geum Joon (Major 7 Company), Lee Hoon Hee (KBS), Lee Hyun (3HW), Lee Jin Sung (King Kong by Starship), Lee Jin Young (Fortune Entertainment), Lee Jong Suk (All-S Company), Lee Jung Eun (Hodu & U Entertainment), Lee Sang Chul (Long Play Music), Lee So Young (Saram Entertainment), Lee Won Min (WM Entertainment), Lee Ye Ji (SM C&C), Lee Yoo Jin (ZIP Cinema), Moon Bo Hyun (KBS), Moon Bo Mi (HB Entertainment), Nam Seung Yong (SBS), Namgoong Chan (FAVE Entertainment), No Yoon Ae (Y Tree Media), No Young Ryul (Amoeba Culture), Oh Kwang Hee (BON Factory), Park Chul Soo (Film Monster), Park Hyun Jung (UAA), Park Joon Seo (Drama House), Park Jung Min (Prain Global), Park Se Jin (Polaris Entertainment), Park Sung Hye (KeyEast Entertainment), Rhymer (Brand New Music), Won Dong Yeon (Realies Pictures), Yang Geun Hwan (Awesome ENT), Yang Hyun Seung (UL Entertainment), Yang Ji Hye (NEW), Yeo Woon Hyuk (Mystic Story), Yoo Hee Yeol (Antenna Music), Yoon In Ho (CJ ENM), Yoon Je Gyun (JK Film)

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