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Sports Writer Demands $5 Million for 'Shaq Vs.'

10/6/2009 9:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

ShaqHere's a shocker -- the most powerful talent agency on the planet refused to negotiate with a man who accused them of stealing his TV show idea and giving it to Shaquille O'Neal ... so now that dude has filed a lawsuit.

It's all over the show "Shaq Vs." A sports writer named Todd Gallagher claims the William Morris Endeavor Agency stole his idea about a show in which he competes against pro athletes in different sports -- and turned it into "Shaq Vs". ... a show featuring Shaq competing against pro athletes in different sports.

Todd had fired off a letter to the agents back in August in hopes of a settlement, but they refused ... so today he filed a $5,000,000 lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court.

For the record -- Shaq has stated publicly that he came up with the idea all by himself.

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1.

keith    

FIRST !!!!!!!!!!!!

1840 days ago
2.

D    

people that comment on here are stupid

1840 days ago
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Mr.Starr    

Big Shaqqqqq

THERNBSTARZ.NET

1840 days ago
4.

Jay    

Shaq ripped the idea from Steve Nash. That is why Steve Nash is labeled as a Executive Producer for Shaq's show.

1840 days ago
5.

KRAZY KOOKY KLOWN    

HI, BOYS AND GIRLS. THE KOOKSTER HERE. IF YOU MISSED HARVEY AND
CHARLES DISCUSSING TEAM KOOKY YESTERDAY, HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE
IT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRvqqpWRdV0

1840 days ago
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The Search for Truth    

I thought that Shaq lifted the idea from Steve Nash.

1840 days ago
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bitzod    

The concept writer can get some money BUT the cedits and real money goes to the screen writers.Most concept writer fire off concept after concept but never see the productions to the market.You can`t copy right a ideal but you can sell it or get a fee for giving them to the studios.I`ve written so many concepts that I can`t rememeber if a production is based on my concept untill I see the movie or tela play.WHO cares who invented it just like the wheel? or endless invention or re-invention.Star VS pro or non pro is nothing NEW and has been done many many times before.But they know the studio will give them a little mooka just to keep them off thier back.

1839 days ago
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bitzod    

WILL BE A MOVIE but who owns that?

1839 days ago
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Billy    

Screw that story... free Romain.

1839 days ago
10.

Jen    

I'm with Tony...this guy needs to go after Pros v. Joes...cuz no Joe would even bother with Shaq's dumb ass

1839 days ago
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mj    

Endeavor is so crooked it's crazy. Shaq needs to dump Ari and those losers. They just keep making him look worse and worse.

1839 days ago

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