Studios Know the Score, Musician Union Says

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – Warner Bros., Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer used non-union musicians to make the music for “Interstellar,” “Robocop” and “Carrie,” the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada claims in Federal Court.
     The musicians’ union sued Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. for breach of contract, violations of the Labor Management Relations Act and violations of the parties’ 2010 collective bargaining agreement.
     Producers made four movies in the U.S. or Canada, but used scored the films outside the U.S. or Canada in violation of the parties’ agreement, the union claims.
     Warner Bros. and Paramount produced “Interstellar,” MGM and Paramount produced “Robocop,” MGM produced “Carrie” and Warner Bros. produced “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” in the U.S. or in Canada, according to the complaint.
     But the union says “Interstellar,” “Carrie” and “Robocop” were scored in Great Britain, and “Journey 2” was scored in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
     The union wants the producers to pay the musicians’ wages and the fringe-benefit contributions it should have paid for the four movies. The union also wants a declaration clarifying its rights and defendants’ obligations under the collective bargaining agreement.
     Lewis N. Levy with Levy, Ford & Wallach in Los Angeles represents the union. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
     A Warner Bros. spokesman declined comment.

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