The Thai entertainment industry has been buzzing with news of several top stars not renewing their contracts with agencies throughout 2023. This has become a phenomenon that captures public attention, considering these stars have high popularity and have produced many successful works.
One of the top stars who didn't extend his contract is Bright Vachirawit. The actor known for his role in the series "2gether The Series" decided to establish his own label, which he named Cloud9 Entertainment. This decision was warmly welcomed by his fans.
Aside from Bright, several other top Thai stars who also didn't renew their contracts include:
1. Teepor Krit Srisukwattananan
Thai artist Teepor Krit Srisukwattananan ended his contract with Studio Wabi Sabi on December 28, 2023. The official announcement came from Studio Wabi Sabi on Instagram, expressing support and wishing success for Teepor in the future. Teepor also conveyed his thanks through his personal post, promising to continue growing after a long journey with the agency. Although the reasons behind his decision are unclear, fans responded with disappointment but still offered full support for his upcoming journey and works.
2. Pluem Purim
Actor Pluem Purim Rattanaruangwattana is reported to have left the GMMTV agency. This news surfaced after Pluem was not listed in the GMMTV artist lineup for 2024, and his Instagram did not include the GMMTV name. Pluem started his acting career in 2013 with the film "Grean Fictions" and went on to star in several popular series, including "Happy Birthday," "My Dear Loser," "FriendZone 2," "Baker Boys," and "10 Years Ticket." As of now, there is no official statement from Pluem regarding his departure from GMMTV. Fans hope that Pluem continues to have a successful career in the future.
3. Third Lapat Ngamchaweng
Actor and TRINITY boy group member Third Lapat announced that he has terminated his contract with his agency, 4NOLOGUE. This decision was made by Third to restart his career independently. Although Third is no longer under 4NOLOGUE, scheduled TRINITY projects will proceed as planned. Third's fans support his decision and wish him continued success.
4. Jingjing Yu
Jingjing Yu, a singer, model, and actress from Thailand, terminated her contract with QOW Entertainment on November 30, 2023. Jingjing started her career in 2012 when she participated in the 'Thai Super Models Contest' beauty pageant. She is known for her roles in various television series, films, and music videos. The contract termination was amicable, and Jingjing will continue with the scheduled shooting. QOW Entertainment also apologized for any inconvenience during Jingjing's time with the agency. Currently, Jingjing is known as one of the artists under GMMTV.
5. Perth Nakun
Perth Nakhun, an actor who played the role of Ken in KinnPorsche The Series, officially announced his departure from Be On Cloud in October 2023. He expressed his intention to focus on his solo career, seeking new opportunities in the entertainment industry.
6. Ping Touchchavit
Ping Touchchavit, another actor who made a significant contribution to Man Suang as Jom, also made an announcement about leaving Be On Cloud. In his statement, Ping expressed his passion to pursue new opportunities, showing his eagerness for further exploration in the entertainment industry.
7. New Chunnawan, Lotte Chaiyut, and Woody Nuttawut
New Chunnawan Mandee, one of the contestants of the reality show The Hidden Character, surprisingly announced his departure from Be On Cloud. While the detailed reasons behind his departure have not been disclosed, this move raises questions about the underlying reasons for his exit.
In addition, Lotte Chaiyut Panchukiat and Woody Nuttawut Chaibooranapankul, two other contestants from The Hidden Character, also took a similar step by leaving Be On Cloud. Although the motives behind their departure remain unclear, this decision has left fans with several questions. Lotte Chaiyut is currently known to be part of YYDS Entertainment agency.
8. Bright Vachirawit
Bright Vachirawit stirred the Thai entertainment industry with the announcement that his contract with GMMTV ended on August 21, 2023. The actor, known for his role in the series "2gether The Series," decided not to renew his contract with GMMTV. In an interview on the "MYBACIN ZINC PLUS EVENT" show, Bright expressed his desire to start his own company after five years with GMMTV. Shortly after his departure from GMMTV, he announced the establishment of his own label called Cloud9 Entertainment.
9. Max Chanachai
Max Chanachai Sawangnin, a newcomer to Be On Cloud, terminated his contract on August 16, 2023, due to health reasons. Be On Cloud announced this decision through their official account, praising Max's dedication and seeking fan support. Max, through Twitter, thanked everyone for the support and wished everyone well.
10. Ja Pachara
Ja Pachara Suansri, the handsome actor known for his roles in Boys Love series, decided not to renew his contract with Triple Eight Entertainment agency. Ja started his career in 2018 and immediately gained attention through his lead roles in Close Friend and TharnType The Series Season 2. Although leaving the agency on June 15, 2023, Ja continues to receive great support from fans. Triple Eight Entertainment also respects Ja's decision and hopes fan support will continue to accompany his future career. Currently, Ja Pachara has joined TB Entertainment agency, which is also the agency of Gulf Kanawut.
11. Bever Patsapon Jansuppakitkun
Bever Patsapon Jansuppakitkun, a Thai actor known for his role in the BL Short series "En Of Love," surprised the public with his decision to end his contract with the agency Rookie Thailand. The 25-year-old actor revealed that he wants to focus on self-development and explore beyond the scope of the agency. The official announcement was made through his private Instagram account, where Bever also expressed deep gratitude to the fans and the agency that has supported him all this time.
12. Prat Itthichaicharoen
On the same day, Prat Itthichaicharoen, a debutant from 'En of Love: TOSSARA,' also announced his departure from Rookie Thailand. The Instagram statement highlighted gratitude to the agency and enthusiasm for growing with new opportunities.
13. Win Thanakom Minthananan
Following Bever and Prat, Win Thanakom, a supporting actor in 'En Of Love: Love Mechanics,' also decided not to extend his contract with Rookie Thailand in early May 2023. Through social media posts, Win expressed gratitude and bid a warm farewell to the agency.
14. Mek Jirakit
Mek Jirakit, a former GMMTV actor, chose not to extend his contract at the end of April 2023. Currently, he is pursuing a career as an independent actor. In an interview, Mek explained that he remains active in the entertainment industry and can be contacted through his manager. He also expressed his commitment to the field of music, stating his desire to focus and be serious about his new music projects.
15. Bas Suradet
Bas Suradej, an actor and singer known for his roles in the '2 Moons' series and as a member of the boy group SBFIVE, announced on April 20, 2023, that his contract with Star Hunter Entertainment had come to an end. In an Instagram story, Bas thanked Star Hunter Entertainment for the opportunities provided. Star Hunter Entertainment respects Bas's decision and offers full support and encouragement for his new journey. Currently, Bas has joined the Studio Wabi Sabi agency.
16. Copter Panuwat
Four days after Bas Suradej's announcement of leaving Star Hunter Entertainment, on April 24, 2023, Copter Panuwat, an actor who achieved success through his role in '2Moons The Series' and as the main rapper in the SBFIVE Boy Group, announced his decision to part ways with Star Hunter Entertainment. In an official letter he posted, Copter stated his decision not to extend his work contract with the agency. While expressing his determination to continue fighting, learning, and growing in the future, it is now known that Copter is under the management of LOVEiS Entertainment.
17. Jeff Nathadej
Jeff Nathadej Pititranun, a Thai actor under the Rookie Thailand agency, announced his decision to leave the agency on April 4, 2023, through his personal Instagram account. In his announcement, Jeff expressed gratitude to Rookie Thailand for his artistic journey and asked for fan support for his new steps in the future. Despite leaving the agency, Jeff hopes fans will continue to support his fellow professionals at Rookie Thailand.
18. Jeff Satur
Jeff Satur, an actor and singer, announced his departure from 'Be On Cloud' agency at the 'KinnPorsche World Tour 2022: What The Fun' concert in Bangkok on February 26, 2023. Jeff, who owns his music studio, 'Studio On Saturn,' left the agency in July 2022. Despite leaving, Jeff remains close to his colleagues, such as Barcode Tinnasit, his partner in the 'KinnPorsche The Series.'
19. Toptap Jirakit
Toptap Jirakit, a Thai artist, has decided to become an independent artist after not renewing his contract with GMMTV. During a press conference for the drama 'The Outing,' Toptap explained that his decision to become a freelancer is to manage his personal business and help his family's business. Although not expecting many projects, Toptap will focus on his business and become a content creator on his TikTok account. If there's a role he likes, he will try casting on his own without company support.
20. Build Jakaphan
Build Jakaphan announced his resignation from Be On Cloud in a press conference after facing many controversies. In the press conference, Build stated his resignation from Be On Cloud starting January 28, 2023, and will face his case along with writer Poi Patchayamon in court independently. The news of the controversy and Build Jakaphan's resignation from Be On Cloud has been the most shocking news, trending on Twitter for several days (X).
21. Save Saisawat
Save Saisawat, a Thai actor and model under the MChoice agency, announced on January 11, 2023, through his X account that he would not continue his contract with the agency. Save also resigned from the band "Evening Sunday" and expressed his intention to learn more diverse work. MChoice TH officially confirmed the decision through an Instagram story, expressing support for Save, who will focus on the company he founded with his friends. Save's last work with MChoice was in the series 'Eccentric Romance,' and he thanked fans, stating his determination to continue working in both acting and music.
22. Seng Wichai
Actor Seng Wichai Saefant surprised everyone by not renewing his contract with Idol Factory Thailand. The announcement was made by the agency on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, stating that Seng's departure from the agency was due to personal issues. It is now known that Seng Wichai is under the management of HEADLINER THAILAND.
That's the lineup of top Thai stars who did not extend their contracts with agencies. There are several reasons behind the decisions of these top Thai stars not to renew their contracts with their agencies. One of the most common reasons is the desire for more freedom in their careers. These stars want more control over their careers, from project selection to financial management and even health matters.
Another reason is the desire to take on new challenges. These stars want to develop their careers outside Thailand or even outside the entertainment industry.
The decisions of these top Thai stars undoubtedly stir up both positive and negative reactions. On the one hand, this decision can be seen as a positive step that provides more freedom for stars to pursue their careers. On the other hand, it can also create uncertainty in the Thai entertainment industry, considering these stars are valuable assets to their agencies.
Regardless of the pros and cons, the decisions of these top Thai stars will certainly be an interesting trend to follow. It poses a challenge for the Thai entertainment industry to continue innovating and providing the right platform for stars to pursue their careers.