Musicians Guild Sues Warner Bros, MGM, Paramount Over Film Scores

Interstellar Art - H 2014

Interstellar Art - H 2014

The American Federation of Musicians has taken aim at Warner Bros, MGM and Paramount for recording film scores outside the United States and Canada.

In a lawsuit filed in California on Friday, AFM claims the studios haven't lived up to their obligations under a 2010 collective bargaining agreement that stipulates that films produced in North America shall be scored there.

AFM specifically mentions Interstellar, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Robocop and Carrie as being the films where music came from afar even though they were produced domestically.

The Hans Zimmer score for Interstellar was nominated for an Academy Award.

The lawsuit seeks damages for losses suffered by AFM members and an order that the defendants make appropriate contributions to health benefit funds. AFM is represented by attorneys at Bredhoff & Kaiser as well as Levy, Ford & Wallach. Here's the full complaint.

Warner Bros. and MGM declined comment.