IZ*ONE Reportedly Discussing Potential Contract Extension + Agency Comments
Discussions are taking place regarding the potential extension of IZ*ONE’s contract.
On January 12, Ilgan Sports reported that CJ ENM had gotten in touch with the agencies of some of the IZ*ONE members to officially begin their discussions about the contract. CJ ENM has not yet spoken with all of the members’ agencies, and some of the members have reportedly finalized their decision to stay in IZ*ONE.
Ilgan Sports cited a source who stated, “Publicly, IZ*ONE’s contract ends in April, but internally, they agreed to only promote until December 31, 2020. They most likely reached the decision in consideration of the [‘Produce 48′] producers’ imprisonment and the fact that the contract for IZ*ONE’s dorm ends in 2020.”
The news outlet commented that agencies who were preparing new plans following IZ*ONE’s disbandment in 2021 would be surprised by CJ ENM’s sudden proposal to extend the contract, and because CJ ENM is also aware that this is a sensitive issue, they will carefully draft out a new contract that respects the agencies’ opinions.
A source from IZ*ONE’s agency stated to Herald POP, “We are collecting the opinions of the artists and their agencies regarding IZ*ONE’s future activities. They will continue their promotions as planned until the expiration of their contract in April, and we will continue to listen to the opinions of the [agencies and artists]. We will let you know if there are any changes.”
IZ*ONE was formed through the Mnet survival show “Produce 48.” The group debuted in October 2018 as a temporary group that would promote for two and a half years.