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‘The Glory’: Screenwriter Kim Eun Sook’s Incredibly High Per Episode Salary Revealed

January 13, 2023

After the success of The Glory, netizens are now talking about Kim Eun Sook’s salary per episode. The legendary author, known for her great writing talent, wrote the screenplay for Song Hye Kyo’s hit Netflix series.

Talks about Kim Eun Sook came to light after she was mentioned on a show. Now the netizens are checking if it’s worth it or if she deserves more with The Glory’s popularity today.

An online community has revealed that the screenwriter gets 100 million won, or $81,000 per episode script, like AllKpop reported. This number comes as no surprise as she is known in the industry as a renowned author and has a well-established career.

She is behind some of the most popular K-Drama series such as Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden, Descendants of the Sun in which she reunites with Song Hye Kyo, The Heirs, Guardian: The Lonely Great God aka Goblin and more .

In 2019, Channel A’s Heart It Through the Grapevine revealed Kim’s salary. A reporter said she had to put off her studies for five years to earn money to pay her tuition.

After graduating, she began writing plays at Daehak-ro. But since she was an unknown author, she had no steady income.

The reporter went on to say that she was only earning 700,000 won, or about $570, at the time. But when Lovers became a hit in Paris, their pay soared to 30 million won, or over $24,000.

After the success of Goblin, it rose to 70-80 million won, or nearly $65,000. Now Kim earns more than 100 million won, or $81,000.

However, fans feel that Kim deserved her hefty pay for The Glory after going through and suffering a lot to get where she is today.

As the series focuses on violence and bullying at school, a school superintendent revealed that real-life school violence is much worse than what Song Hye Kyo depicts in the series. It was previously reported that the hair iron scene was based on actual events.

Although many already found it appalling, the commissioner said it was actually worse. The official went on to say that countermeasures are urgently needed to crack down on these acts and behaviors as the cases are getting tougher lately.

Choi Woo Seong, an officer in charge of school violence at the Gyeonggi Suwon Ministry of Education, told MBC radio show News High Kick (via AllKpop) that there are much worse incidents of school bullying in real life. He then cited famous school violence incidents such as the Yangsan Girl’s Middle School Assault Case, the Cheonghak-dong Dormitory Cruelty Case, the recent North Gyeonggi Snow Bed Sexual Assault Case, and more.