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New Job for Producer Who Attempted to Blackmail David Letterman

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The former CBS news producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009 has been hired to work on the Investigation Discovery show On the Case with Paula Zahn, according to TVNewser.

Joe Halderman attempted to blackmail the Late Show with David Letterman host for $2 million, threatening to release details about the star's personal life. Letterman later admitted that he had affairs with members of his staff.  Halderman pleaded guilty to blackmail in 2010 and served four months behind bars.

The executive producer of On the Case, Scott Weinberger, released a statement saying, “We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine.”

Halderman is a former producer of 48 Hours Mystery, a CBS show for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.

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'Black Swan' Producer Confident of Film's Oscar Chances

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A producer of the Oscar-nominated Natalie Portman film Black Swan is confident heading into this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Producer Mike Medavoy says he believes his film has a "good chance" of winning best picture, despite the fact that The King's Speech is the frontrunner in the category.

Win or lose, Medavoy credits director Darren Aronofsky for the film's success. He says Aronofsky was set to work on a Robocop reboot but shelved the project due to issues with the studio. Medavoy says it was also Aronofsky's idea to have Black Swan focus on the world of ballet. He says, "It somewhat reminded me of All About Eve, y'know, what happens to actors and actresses when they really want...a role. And it was Darren who actually had had conversations with Natalie about switching it to the ballet world. And when he suggested it I said, 'Yeah, why not?'"

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'Chronicles of Narnia' Producer Perry Moore, Dead at 39

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Perry Moore, a co-producer of the Chronicles of Narnia film franchise, has died at 39.

Moore's partner, Hunter Hill, found him unconscious in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment Thursday morning, sources told New York Daily News. He later died at the hospital, officials say.

Moore co-produced three Narnia films and authored an illustrated book as a companion to the series' first film.

Police say the New York City medical examiner is working to determine Moore's cause of death.

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