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Dave Roepke, Published May 10 2011

Former Fargo talk-show host Ed Schultz sued over TV show profits

FARGO - Ed Schultz, the former Fargo radio talk-show host and sportscaster, is being sued by a man who claims he helped Schultz get his current gig as host of “The Ed Show,” a daily political talk show on MSNBC.

In a civil complaint in federal court, a broadcast engineer for NBC, Michael Queen, alleges that Schultz owes him at least $100,000 for the 25 percent stake of the show’s profits Schultz promised him.

Queen claims in court records that he approached Schultz in January 2008 to ask him if he had anybody trying to land a TV show for him.

“No,” Schultz is quoted as saying in the complaint. “Now you’re it!”

In numerous 2008 emails, Schultz agreed to split half of the revenue of the show, after expenses, with Queen and Max Schindler, former director of NBC News and “Meet the Press,” Queen alleges in the lawsuit.

Queen claims he acted as Schultz’s TV agent, paying $11,500 for a pilot episode with a home equity loan in June 2008 and locating and furnishing an apartment in Washington, D.C., for Schultz and his wife in January 2009.

While Schultz eventually paid Queen $12,000 for the pilot expenses, he’s refused to pay other expenses or honor the profit-sharing agreement, he alleges.

Queen claims in the lawsuit Schultz told him he was paid a starting salary of $1 million soon after “The Ed Show” premiered.

James Holm, Schultz’s producer, said today that Schultz would not have a comment on the lawsuit.

For the full story, read The Forum on Wednesday.