[Updated June 2019]
Other staff members are listed here.
In 2014, Kang Daniel became a trainee under B2M Entertainment (비투엠엔터테인먼트 / Artists: Lee Hyori, Davichi, Spica, Eric Nam). B2M was founded in 2010 by Gil Jonghwa (길종화), who had worked as a manager and in marketing at DSP Media. In July 2015, the company formed a strategic alliance with CJ E&M Music. But around 2016, the company went into management separation due to financial problems, which led to some B2M artists and trainees moving to MMO Entertainment, a subsidiary under CJ E&M Music (now Stone Music Entertainment) and others being co-managed by CJ E&M. The B2M staff became the MMO staff, and Gil Jonghwa became an executive producer at Stone Music Entertainment.
MMO Entertainment (엠엠오엔터테인먼트 / Artists: Son Hoyoung, Roy Kim, IN2IT) was established in 2014 by Song Donghoon (송동훈). It was registered in KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) on December 19, 2016 by the current CEO, Jung Hyungjin (정형진), who is also the CEO of Stone Music Entertainment.
In 2017, Kang Daniel participated in the second season of Mnet’s Produce 101 as an MMO trainee. However, it was revealed by Daniel that the company was very lacking in facilities, as it was only a building with an underground practice room. It also struggled financially and hence could not afford dance or singing lessons. After the show ended and Daniel became the winner, he officially signed as an MMO artist. During Daniel’s time as a Wanna One member, the profit distribution was 25% CJ E&M, 25% YMC/Swing, and the remaining 50% went to individual agencies and the members. Profit division between the agency and the artist depended on the individual agency’s contract.
On January 31, 2019, it was announced that Kang Daniel and Yoon Jisung would move to LM Entertainment (엘엠엔터테인먼트), a newly created company with little known public information available other than being affiliated with Stone Music Entertainment. In the official Korea Management Federation (KMF) website, LM Entertainment’s co-director Noh Hyunjun (노현준), who is an executive director from B2M and MMO, is registered as the person in charge of managing Kang Daniel, Yoon Jisung, Davichi, Roy Kim and Eric Nam as part of LM Entertainment.[s]
(Note: When news first came out that Daniel would move to LM Entertainment, a couple of unreliable news outlets revealed that the company was founded by Shin Donggil (신동길), the former general manager of YMC Entertainment and also the founder of Swing Entertainment.[s] Shin Donggil was the person in charge of Wanna One’s activities from June 1, 2018 until January 27, 2019. However, no reputable news sites have confirmed Shin Donggil’s affiliation with LM.)
According to the KIS report and Saramin, a Korea-based human resources service, LM Entertainment was established January 30, 2018 by Gil Ingyu 길인규 as Gil MNE 길엠앤이 (name changed to LM on December 31, 2018) with 1 million won capital.[s] The company was registered as LM in KOCCA on February 7, 2019 by Yang Jongseon (양종선), who is speculated to be Gil Jonghwa’s wife and a manager from MMO Entertainment. The founder of B2M (Gil Jonghwa) is also registered in the KMF website as the staff in charge of managing Kang Daniel, Yoon Jisung, Davichi, Roy Kim and Eric Nam as part of LM Entertainment,[s] along with the previously mentioned staff members Noh Hyunjun (노현준) and Jung Chunyoung (정천영).[s] Jung Chunyoung is another staff member from B2M and MMO. On April 2, it was confirmed through a Dispatch article from LM Entertainment’s side that the company’s CEO is Gil Jonghwa.
We would like to also recommend checking this Twitter thread by all_in_daniel_k, further explaining leaseholder rights of offices and a personal apartment between LM and MMO. This is also a recommended thread about the relationship between LM and MMO. This is an explanation on LM, Lime Music and MMO. This thread delves into how LM sold rights to third parties and violated the contract. This analysis explains how LM and Lime Music were established as a way to exploit Daniel.