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ID’s ‘On the Case’ Hires Letterman Extortionist, Former CBS News Producer Joe Halderman

TVNewser has learned that Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” has hired Joe Halderman, the CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009.

Halderman, a former producer for “48 Hours Mystery,” joined the staff of the hour-long documentary crime program a few weeks ago. He is a producer on the show, and is not expected to work in the field. “On the Case” is not believed to be the first opportunity Halderman has had to work after being released from prison late last year.

“On behalf of On The Case’s production team, we have been impressed with Joe Halderman’s professional accomplishments as an Emmy award-winning producer for 48 Hours and CBS News,”said Scott Weinberger, the EP of  ‘On the Case,’ in a  statement. ” With the network’s prior approval, the team has brought Halderman on as a producer for On The Case. We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine.”

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Broadcasters Lead the Way at News and Documentary Emmy Awards

Last night the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed out this year’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The broadcast networks, led by CBS, NBC, PBS and ABC, led the way with a combined 20 wins. The only cable news channel to take home an award was CNBC for its “Inside the Mind of Google” special.

CBS led the pack with seven wins, four for newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and three for the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.”

NBC News took home six Emmys, two for the “Inside the Obama White House” special, two for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” one for “Dateline” and one for “Today.”

PBS took home five awards, two for “Frontline,” two for “Bill Moyers Journal,” one for Frontline/World and one for P.O.V.

ABC News took home two Emmys, one for its coverage of President Obama’s inauguration, and the other for Diane Sawyer‘s 20/20 special on “Children of the Mountains.”

One person who did not win: Former CBS News “48 Hours Mystery” producer Joe Halderman, who attempted to extort late night talk show host David Letterman. Halderman was nominated for a story he worked on related to the Amanda Knox trial. In fact, someone in attendance at the awards ceremony tells TVNewser that Halderman’s name was absent from the official program, even though he was the lead producer on the hour that was nominated.

The full list of winners is after the jump.

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Letterman Extortionist Joe Halderman Won’t Attend Emmys

The CBS News producer who attempted to extort late night talk show host David Letterman may have been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award, but it does not appear he will be present at the ceremony.

Joe Halderman, who was released from jail on good behavior earlier this month, tells The Hollywood Reporter (via his lawyer) that he will not be attending the News & Doc Emmys September 27. He was nominated for a “48 Hours Mystery” piece about the Amanda Knox trial.

“He’s not doing any interviews and just wants to return to a quiet and productive life,” his lawyer, Gerald Shargel said.

Halderman has expressed an interest in returning to TV news production, now that he is once again a free man.

David Letterman Extortionist Joe Halderman Out of Jail

joe-halderman090210.jpgThe former CBS News producer who tried to extort “Late Show” host David Letterman was released from prison early today for good behavior, the AP reports. yes, Emmy-nominated Joe Halderman is now a free man, after serving four months of his six month sentence… and he is looking for work!

“He survived this, and he’s glad to be getting off the island,” his lawyer, Gerald Shargel, said Wednesday. The former CBS “48 Hours” producer – who’s up for a News and Documentary Emmy award this year – is looking for work, Shargel added.

Any takers?

CBS’ McManus Congratulates Staff on Emmy Noms

CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus sent a note to staffers yesterday congratulating them on the 31 News & Doc Emmy nominations the network received, the second-most of any network behind PBS:

From: McManus, Sean
Cc: Moonves, Leslie
Subject: Message from Sean McManus

We learned today that CBS News has been nominated for a truly extraordinary 31 Emmy Awards. Without in any way diminishing the excellence and accomplishments of our competitors, I can’t help but tell you that we were nominated for more than ABC News and NBC News combined.

Congratulations to 60 Minutes (16 nominations), Evening News (8), 48 Hours Mystery (3), Sunday Morning (3) and Weekend News (1). And, in addition to our outstanding journalists, I want to note that the excellent CBS News Marketing group was responsible for one of the nominations this year. There are a great many individuals to acknowledge more formally, but in the meantime, I just want to tell you all how very proud I am of the entire CBS News Division and our continued industry-leading excellence.

Congratulations to everyone!

As McManus points out, CBS’ 31 nominations far-outpaces the broadcast competition (NBC had 17, ABC had 9), an achievement that was certainly overshadowed yesterday by the surprising news that David Letterman extortionist Joe Halderman was listed among the nominees.

Letterman Extortionist Nominated for News & Doc Emmy

halderman_emmy_7-15.jpgThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced nominations this morning for the 31st News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and, yes, David Letterman extortionist Joe Halderman was among them.

Halderman is nominated as a Producer for the CBS “48 Hours Mystery” story “American Girl, Italian Nightmare,” which is up for the Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine category Emmy.

Emmy-nominated Producer Joe Halderman is currently serving a 6-month jail sentence.

PBS had the most overall nominations with 37, followed by CBS with 31. Among the other news networks, NBC received 17, ABC got 9, CNN 6, CNBC 4, BBC America 2, and MSNBC 1.

ABC and NBC both received two nominations for breaking news coverage. ABC’s were for the Fort Hood and Pittsburgh Gym shootings while NBC’s were for the Miracle on the Hudson and the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407. All three major network newscasts were nominated for their Afghanistan coverage as was “Dan Rather Reports” on HDNet.

“60 Minutes” had the most nominations for any program, 16, including for Steve Kroft‘s “Birdmen” piece and “The Cost of Dying,” which recently won a Peabody award. “48 Hours Mystery” received three nominations.

Check out the full release and list of nominations from the Academy after the jump.

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Joe Halderman Sentenced to Six Months

CBS “48 Hours” producer Joe Halderman was sentenced today to six months jail time, starting immediately, in the extortion plot against “Late Show” host David Letterman. More from the AP.

David Letterman Comments On Halderman Case as Former Producer Heads to Jail

Halderman_3.10.jpgFollowing his Top 10 list last night, David Letterman talked about yesterday’s guilty plea from former CBS News producer Joe Halderman.

“I need to talk to you about a segment of my life here that began six months ago,” said Letterman. “I found myself in some legal trouble… I had never been involved in anything like this in my life. I was concerned and full of anxiety and nervous and worried.”

“The people in the district attorney’s office said this will be handled professionally, this will be handled skillfully, and appropriately. Well, the matter was resolved today.”

Letterman thanked the DA’s office, the special prosecutions bureau and the NYPD.

As for Halderman, he’ll serve six months after pleading guilty to blackmail. The award-winning producer on “48 Hours” is no longer employed by the network. A CBS News spokesperson could not confirm when his employment with the company came to an end, or how.

Joe Halderman to Plead Guilty in Letterman Extortion Scandal

halderman2_3-9.jpgRobert “Joe” Halderman, the CBS “48 Hours” producer accused of attempting to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million, will plead guilty in Manhattan today to attempted extortion, according to the NYTimes and the NYPost.

The Times’ reports that Halderman “will serve six months in jail, according to two people briefed on the case,” and that “Mr. Halderman will also serve four and a half years probation and must perform 1,000 hours of community service.”

Update: CNN took Halderman and his attorney’s press conference live at 2:32pmET. “This afternoon, we entered a plea of guilty. Mr. Halderman plead guilty to attempted grand larceny by extortion, and he’s done it in an effort to resolve this matter, it is now behind him,” said Halderman’s attorney, Gerald Shargell, who also said he had not spoken to Letterman.

Halderman, in a very brief statement, apologized to Letterman and his family and said that he would not be doing any interviews.

More: Letterman released a statement thanking the Manhattan DA’s office and the NYPD.

Previously: Letterman Blackmailed, CBS News Employee Arrested. “I Need to Protect My Family. I Need to Protect Myself. I Hope to Protect My Job”

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Halderman Case

Joe Halderman‘s motion to dismiss the case against him in the David Letterman extortion plot was denied by a state supreme court judge this morning, reports the AP. While the “48 Hours Mystery” producer has been accused of blackmailing Letterman for $2 million, his attorney argues that his client was engaged in a business transaction.

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