‘Ben Hur’ musicians fight back after allegedly not being paid

A new lawsuit has arisen involving musicians on the 2016 film ‘Ben Hur’ and MGM and Paramount studios in Hollywood. The musicians claim they have not received wages, benefits or residual compensation from the studios, according to Billboard.

Hollywood Reporter said the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), who filed the suit, has been legally aggressive in recent years. Even though the movie was shot in Italy, apparently a new California composer was used instead of the original 1959 score.

The collective bargaining agreement by AFM will expire in April 2018. MGM and Paramount have yet to take action or respond.

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