Musicians Union Sues Warner Bros, MGM and Paramount Over ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Robocop’ Scores

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The American Federation of Musicians has sued Warner Bros., MGM and Paramount for alleged violations of the union’s master contract for recording film scores outside the United States and Canada.

The three studios have each declined to comment.

The suit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, seeks a jury trial and alleges that the studios have violated provisions of the 2010 collective bargaining agreement that require that films produced in North America must also be scored in North America.

The lawsuit names “Interstellar,” which was produced by Warner Bros. and Paramount; Warner’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”; and MGM’s reboots of “Robocop” and “Carrie” as being in violation of the master contract.

Hans Zimmer scored “Interstellar” and received an Oscar nomination in the category earlier this year.

The union is seeking damages for losses suffered by AFM members and a court order requiring the studios make appropriate contributions to health benefit funds.

AFM is represented by attorneys at the law firms Bredhoff & Kaiser, and Levy, Ford & Wallach.

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  1. Young Scoot says:

    Haters! Always tryna bring a great movie down!

  2. Jose says:

    Funny, Interstellar wasn’t entirely produced in the US why should it’s music be?

  3. Nahhz says:

    Interstellar was scored in the US. Only the church organ recording was done in the UK.

  4. So, let me get this… one produces a film within the USA…one is now forced to use ‘The American Federation of Musicians,’ whose fees low budget film makers cannot afford. And, you better not go elsewhere to have your film scored…

    • SoCal says:

      The AFM isn’t new. It’s been around for 100+ years and has jurisdiction over all film recording with union signatory productions in LA. Also, neither Interstellar nor Robocop were “low budget” but thanks for twisting the article to fit your union busting narrative.

      • Young Scoot says:

        Hater! Interstellar did what they did let them be!

      • Bill says:

        Union busting or not, this is yet another reason why more film production will be based outside the U.S.

        These were high budget films of course, but the lawsuit serves as a reminder that even low budget films must pay union musicians for scores.

  5. The Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Music Suite.

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