Ian Anderson 1:56 p.m., Jan. 27
Stubborn as a mule
Valitar producer Mark Remley slapped with another lawsuit for unpaid production expenses.
Mark Remley, the producer of the failed horse acrobatics show Valitar, is "missing in action" says a spokesperson at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
But Remley, who pulled the plug on the show after just four showings, will have to come out of hiding eventually to answer to a new lawsuit filed by Showtec Inc., the production company that he hired to make the horse-human stunt show a reality.
Court documents filed on December 4, allege that Remley's Equustria Development Incorporated left the company with an unpaid bill for the production equipment.
"Within the last two years defendants Equustria and Remley became indebted to Plaintiff for work, labor, services and materials rendered at the special instance and request of defendants and for which defendants promised to pay [Showtec] the sum of $1,081,084.20...Neither the whole nor part of this sum has been paid, although demand therefor has been made," reads the lawsuit.
Showtec's contract with Remley reveals just how expensive of a production that Valitar was, and would have been if it had gone on tour to other cities.
Equipment costs for lighting, audio, visual and special effects items such as "chemical foggers," and "water-based hazers" amounted to $69,560 a week. The total contract for all four cities was estimated at $3,199,760.
And then there's the small cost of wages for laborers and audio and video specialists. If Remley hadn't pulled out early, wages just for the Del Mar showing would have totaled $351,120.
Remley's unpaid tab doesn't stop there. In a December 4 article in the U-T San Diego, cast members were also left in the lurch.
As of now, the Valitar tent, which took three months to build, still stands.
As we reported last week, this isn't the first legal battle that Remley has faced. In 2010, he was sued for assaulting his ex-wife's riding instructor after suspecting the trainer was making moves on his wife.