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July 7, 2014IM -
The website Marketplace ran a story about Lionsgate offshoring the film’s score to a studio in Macedonia called F.A.M.E’S for much cheaper rates. Composer John Debney, recorded the soundtrack at F.A.M.E’S for cheaper rates than what would be acceptable to AFM musicians.
Read or listen to the piece: http://mktplc.org/1qrnLyn
“[Laurent Koppitz, the founder of F.A.M.E.’S] said that if large studios hire him simply because he’s cheaper, then they are coming to Macedonia for the wrong reason. ‘When you go for the wrong reason, like ‘Oh, it’s cheap,’ it’s not very nice for anybody because it takes the job here which is a problem,’ he said. That problem Koppitz said, is the bad aspect of globalization.”
Listen to the entire story here: http://mktplc.org/1qrnLyn
Related: Musicians Union Slams Lionsgate Over “Draft Day” Offshoringhttp://www.hollywoodreporter.
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