‘That’s Amore’ Film Crew Information Lawsuit In opposition to Nick Vallelonga Over Wages – Deadline

Inexperienced Guide producer Nick Vallelonga has gone off route with regards to paying dozens of crew members on the upcoming That’s Amore! starring John Travolta, Katherine Heigl, Christopher Walken, Talia Shire and Drea de Mateo.

Based on a grievance filed in federal court docket in New York on Dec. 8 by the Worldwide Alliance of Theatrical Stage Staff, double Oscar winner Vallelonga’s That Amore Film LLC has reneged on an arbitration deal struck between the events on August 18 this yr to pay union members for work carried out in 2022 on the upcoming rom-com. The 77 IATSE members particularly affected carried out the duties of “cinematographer, digital camera operator, digital camera assistant, editor, costume designer, wardrobe supervisor, hair and make-up stylists, manufacturing designer, artwork director, scenic artist, electrician, grip, building, script supervisor, manufacturing coordinator, and accountant,” says the Matt Loeb-led union within the eight-page submitting.

“Defendant did not well timed pay wages and advantages to the Union Staff for work carried out in October and November 2022, did not make the required pension and well being contributions to the varied profit funds, and did not act in accordance with different phrases and situations set forth within the CBAs,” the grievance from IATSE Native 600 and a plethora of different locals declare of the union members unnoticed within the monetary chilly by the That’s Amore director.

Learn the That’s Amore! grievance from IATSE right here. By the best way, CBA stands for collective bargaining settlement

“Defendant failed to hold out its obligations beneath the Settlement Settlement by failing to submit the mandatory paperwork in a well timed vogue and by failing to make all of the agreed upon funds inside sixty (60) days of execution of the Settlement Settlement (i.e., by October 17, 2023,) aside from sure funds pursuant to Sections 2(a) and (b) of the Settlement Settlement,” IATSE’s Spivak Lipton attorneys add, noting the funds (quantity sealed in the summertime settlement) had been to be paid in full by Oct. 17.

A Discover of Default was filed towards That’s Amore Film LLC on October 6, 2023, and October 18, 2023, IATSE say. What appears to rub IASTE much more the mistaken method is that “the Producers proceed to advertise the movie together with however not restricted to participating in costly advertising methods and incurring expensive bills such because the recording of a soundtrack with full orchestra regardless of the non-payment of contractually owed wages and advantages.”

To that finish, in an announcement at the moment, IATSE pulled again the curtain a bit to disclose that after the 34 million budgeted That’s Amore! supposedly ran out of money in October of final yr, it “owed greater than $570,000 in mixed wages, in addition to an estimated hundred thousand {dollars} or extra of profit contributions” to staff “for weeks ending October 29, 2022, November 5, 2022 and November 12, 2022.”

That “full and last fee of the Complete Settlement Quantity” didn’t occur, say IATSE – and now the union need a choose to “verify the Award in its entirety and order compliance therewith” plus a number of extra charges.  

Representatives for Vallelonga didn’t reply to request for remark from Deadline on the authorized motion. If and once they do get again to us, we’ll replace this put up.

Nick Vallelonga

Nick Vallelonga

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IATSE boss Loeb was not so silent on the subject.

“This lawsuit underscores our dedication to vigorously defending our members and guaranteeing that their rights are usually not trampled upon,” he mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “On this nation, if you work, you receives a commission. Something much less is theft. We won’t stand idly by whereas firms like That’s Amore Film, LLC try to undermine the honest and hard-won phrases of our collective agreements. We’ll relentlessly pursue all avenues to make sure justice is served.”

In a typo, the grievance calls Vallelonga Inexperienced Guide’s “Director and Screenwriter.” Peter Farrelly truly directed Inexperienced Guide. Vallelonga was a producer and co-wrote the film’s script with Brian Hayes Currie snd Farrelly

Having began manufacturing again on Sept. 19, 2022, in response to the IATSE go well with, the lengthy brewing That’s Amore! has Travolta as a longtime bachelor and Heigl as an introvert who find yourself falling for one another. In typical rom-com vogue, all of it goes sideways when their respective households determine to get entangled within the new relationship too.

In addition to writing and helming the flick, Vallelonga is producing That’s Amore! by way of his Vallelonga Productions, alongside Cassian Elwes for Elevated FIlms, and Brenda Emmett & Vince Emmett of American Troubadours. 

Having appeared within the likes of The Godfather and Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark as an actor, Vallelonga received his two Oscars, together with a Golden Globe and different prizes, as the author and producer of 91st Academy Awards’ Finest Image winner Inexperienced Guide. The film was based mostly on the true story of Vallelonga’s father, Tony Lip and pianist Don Shirley. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali,  the Nov. 2018 launched Inexperienced Guide grossed over $321M worldwide.

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