Rednecks Ain't So Dumb After All
LAS VEGAS (CN) - A man who claims he helped produce shows for Country Music Television defrauded an investor of $100,000 for putative redneck reality shows, the investor claims in court.
D.A.M.M. LLC sued Phoenix Entertainment LLC and Fred Jung in Clark County Court.
The 35-page lawsuit, with 26 pages of exhibits, details interactions between Jung and D.A.M.M.'s sole member John Daniels, though Daniels is not a party to the suit.
It states: "On or about September 2012, Jung presented Daniels with a business opportunity via email to become an investor in a proposed reality television show entitled 'Redneck Rivals.' Jung indicated that he had contributed approximately one hundred twenty thousand dollars ($120,000) of his own money and needed approximately an additional eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) to shoot a pilot of the proposed show on a final budget of approximately two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000). To obtain the additional eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) Jung proposed selling an 8 percent interest in Phoenix for approximately ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per unit for a maximum of eight units to a variety of investors. The purported purpose of obtaining investors independent of a television networks was to allow Jung and the investors to maintain creative control over the show.
"On or about October 2012, Jung represented to Daniels via emails and telephone calls that he had been in contact with Michael Braveman, executive producer for Smith & Co., an alleged large entertainment company in California, about producing a reality show entitled 'The REALtor'. Jung also represented that Braveman prepared a budget for the show and forwarded such information to Daniels. Additionally, Jung represented that Mediacom.com, purportedly the world's largest media agency, would be involved in marketing the show and the he was interested in having Daniels invest in the shows and obtain a two percent (2%) interest in the company that owned The 'REALtor'."
Daniels and Jung entered into a Joint Venture Agreement in December 2012 "to jointly produce and exploit certain television shows including but not limited to 'Trailer Court Justice,' 'Redneck Rivals' and 'The REALtor,' according to the complaint."
Daniels claims he saw footage of the shows and he sent money to Jung via wire transfers. Jung told Daniels they were making progress with shows and arranged for Daniels to meet wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobbs, and to see a Willie Nelson concert on a business trip, the complaint states
But Daniels claims his relationship with Jung deteriorated and he became suspicious of Jung's money-handling skills. Daniels says he hired a private investigator who discovered that "no such address exists in Las Vegas, Nevada" for Jung's alleged joint venture office.
And, Daniels claims, he discovered that Jung used one of Daniels' associate's credit cards to book a hotel stay for Jung's ex-girlfriend.
"On or about July 2013, Daniel also discovered that Jung booked a one-night stay in New York, NY at the Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection for Ms. Stephanie Linde, Jung's purported ex-girlfriend, on June 23, 2013, for the approximate amount of $208.90. Daniel inquired as to whether Linde was with Jung on his trip to New York and Jung denied her presence," the complaint states.
Daniels claims he received an accounting from Jung's attorney that was "woefully deficient."
Daniels claims he contributed $100,000 to the joint venture.
D.A.M.M. seeks an accounting and constructive trust, dissolution, and damages for breach of contract, breach of faith, unjust enrichment, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation.
The company is represented by Joseph P. Garin in Las Vegas.