December 30, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Los Angeles, CA- More than 50 members and supporters of American Federation of Musicians Local 47 protested Dec. 15 at the Warner Bros. studio lot, charging that the company had rented its soundstage for a nonunion soundtrack-recording session in November.
Warner Bros. says it has no record of leasing its stage to Cinema Scoring, the company the union says ran the session. Cinema Scoring is one of three music companies that the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has authorized strike sanctions against for holding or planning to hold nonunion scoring sessions. “By enabling non-union scoring sessions on their lot—whether through rental of its facilities or otherwise—Warner Bros. is creating a safe haven for the exploitation of musicians where they are denied fair industry-standard wages, conditions of employment and benefits afforded to all other crew on the very same stage who are protected by a union contract,” said Local 47 President John Acosta.