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Spackman Media Group Artist Wi Ha-jun’s Latest Romance K-Drama THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWON Ranks First In Its Time Slot In Korea

Spackman Media Group artist Wi Ha-jun's latest romance K-drama THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWON premiered on Korea's tvN on May 11 and its second episode ranked first in its time slot among both cable and terrestrial channels according to Nielsen Korea

  • Headlined by Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group, THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWON is also available for streaming on OTT platforms such as TVING in Korea, US-based Viki and Hong Kong-based Viu in selected regions

  • Rising as an international star, Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group will also reprise his role in the highly anticipated second season of the global breakout hit, SQUID GAME, alongside the original cast comprising Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun and Gong Yoo


SINGAPORE -Media OutReach Newswire- 22 May 2024 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited (the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups founded in 2011 by global media & technology investor Charles Spackman, wishes to announce that one of the most anticipated K-drama series of the year,THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWON, headlined by Wi Ha-jun of MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. ("MSteam"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group's associated company, Spackman Media Group Limited ("Spackman Media Group"), premiered on Korea's tvN on May 11 with its second episode ranking first in its time slot among both cable and terrestrial channels according to Nielsen Korea.


Starring Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group,THE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWONis also available for streaming on over-the-top ("OTT") platforms such as TVING in Korea, US-based Viki and Hong Kong-based Viu in selected regions. It is directed by Ahn Pan-seok, who previously collaborated with Wi Ha-jun in the hit love seriesSOMETHING IN THE RAIN(2018), which starred iconic Korean actress Son Ye-jin of Spackman Media Group.


Produced by Studio Dragon and JS Pictures, the ratings for the second episode recorded an average of 5.5% and a peak of 6.2% in the Seoul metropolitan area, and an average of 5.2% and a peak of 5.6% nationwide. Moreover, each of its first four episodes released to date, with its latest episode broadcasted on May 19, has achieved the highest daily average cable TV viewership ratings nationwide in Korea based on data from Nielsen Korea[1].


InTHE MIDNIGHT ROMANCE IN HAGWON,Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group portrays as Lee Joon-ho, a cheeky student who gains admission into a prestigious university with the help of a seasoned private academy instructor Seo Hye-jin (played by Jung Ryeo-won). As he studies under her guidance, Lee Joon-ho develops deep feelings for her, and she becomes his enduring first love. A decade later, Lee Joon-ho quits his job at a large company that guarantees him a solid career and returns to the academy, where a secret romance rekindles between the two.


Wi Ha-jun of Spackman Media Group became a worldwide sensation with his role as Hwang Jun-ho, a policeman in the first season ofSQUID GAME. He is set to return in the highly anticipated second season of the international breakout hit alongside the original cast comprising Lee Jung-jae, Lee Byung-hun and Gong Yoo.


Previously, Wi Ha-jun starred in original crime action drama seriesTHE WORST OF EVIL(2023), whichpremiered exclusively on Disney+ and was ranked #1 in Korea, #2 in Singapore and Top 10 in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Turkey in October 2023, based on FlixPatrol, a website that monitors streaming ratings worldwide.


In December last year, Wi Ha-jun won the rising star award in the 2023 Korea First Brand Awards, following his chart-topping Netflix drama,LITTLE WOMEN(2022), which was filmed in Singapore and Korea. According to Flixpatrol.com, the drama took the top spot in Taiwan, Indonesia and Japan and ranked 8th globally on Netflix as of October 8, 2022. The series featured iconic landmarks in Singapore such as Marina Bay Sands and The Fullerton Hotel.


In February 2022, he was selected as the South Korea ambassador for Swiss luxury watchmaker, TAG Heuer. He was also appointed as the ambassador for his hometown, Wando-gun of South Korea in January 2022.


Wi Ha-jun also headlined in highly popular K-dramaBAD AND CRAZY(2021), which reached first place in viewership ratings for consecutive weekends after its release on 17 December 2021.


In addition to Wi Ha-jun, MSteam represents pre-eminent Korean actress Son Ye-jin, who starred in the hit romance dramaCRASH LANDING ON YOU(2020) andSOMETHING IN THE RAIN(2018), and top actress Lee Min-jung, who won the Top Excellence Award at the 2020 APAN Star Awards.

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