The winning boy band and girl group from the KBS survival show The Unit could have their contracts extended from 13, to 25, months in a new move from the network to capitalise on the groups' potential success.
According to Naver, the current contracts are for 13 months. The first seven months are exclusive to KBS, but from months eight-13 the members can return to their original groups and agencies, except for 35 day spans where they'll promote under The Unit again as per KBS' request.
However, if the winning groups end up becoming popular enough with the public, KBS can add 12 more months to the contract, bringing the total up to 25 months. From this point, KBS can also have the groups promote for 45 day spans instead of the original 35.
The contract extension appears to be an attempt to avoid what happened to I.O.I, whose initial contract only lasted one year, resulting in the group disbanding when they were at the peak of their popularity. To combat this, season two of Produce 101 extended contracts to approximately 18 months, but that's still considerably shorter than The Unit's potential 25 months.
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