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Crew sues movie producer over unpaid wages on mob movie

September 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The crew of a movie shot in Philadelphia over the summer has sued the producer and production company, saying they weren’t paid for about two weeks of work.

The 53-member crew of “Made in Chinatown” filed the lawsuit Monday in Philadelphia against Suza-Mark Productions of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and producer Mark V. Wiley. Lead plaintiff Derrick Berry claims he and the other crew members were not paid for about 120 hours of work over two weeks at the end of July and beginning of August, totaling about $200,000 for the entire crew.

Berry, who was a cameraman and director of photography for the film, said in the lawsuit he typically made $34 an hour plus overtime for an additional 20 hours worked each week. The unpaid work spanned from July 21 through August 3 when the film wrapped production, he said.

Berry said Wiley wrote in emails the crew would get paid if he sold the mob-themed movie that stars a number of former cast members of “The Sopranos,” including Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts in the long-running HBO series.

Court records did not show an attorney for Wiley, and phone calls to numbers listed in his name were not returned Monday.

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