MGM, Paramount Sued for Allegedly Failing to Pay ‘Ben Hur’ Musicians

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Paramount Pictures 'Ben Hur' (2016)

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Eriq Gardner on April 10, 2017.

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has filed a new lawsuit claiming that MGM and Paramount Pictures has failed to pay wages, benefits and residual compensation to musicians who recorded the score for the 2016 film remake of Ben Hur.

The musicians guild has been legally aggressive in recent years. This time, in California federal court, AFM asserts a violation of the collective bargaining agreement not only over payments, but also for an alleged failure to “fulfill reporting and studio access obligations.”

Ben Hur was shot in Italy, states the guild, but the film retained the services of a California composer.

The score for the original 1959 movie was by Hungarian composer Miklos Rozsa and is considered a classic. According to film credits, music for the 2016 film was composed by Marco Beltrami.  …

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