‘Hunger’ score raises composer ire

American Federation of Musicians to picket Lionsgate over foreign score for film

The American Federation of Musicians, angry that Lionsgate is scoring “The Hunger Games” abroad, will picket a Lionsgate shooting location in downtown L.A. on Thursday.

AFM president Ray Hair said Wednesday that “Lionsgate is unfair to professional musicians” and wants to take its case to the public via a picket line at the Palace Theater where “Mad Men,” a Lionsgate TV show, is scheduled to shoot.

According to Hair, “The Hunger Games” is “an American movie, with American actors and American crews, with a soundtrack that’s uniquely American.” He said efforts to get Lionsgate to score the film in the U.S. went nowhere.

Composer James Newton Howard is reportedly scoring the film in London. Its soundtrack will also include songs produced by T Bone Burnett with singers including Taylor Swift.

Lionsgate is not a signatory to the AFM, unlike most major studios whose AFM contracts require that films shot in the U.S. also be scored here.

Hair’s point is that Lionsgate has labor deals “with actors, directors, writers and film crews, but not with professional musicians.”

Lionsgate music execs could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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