Professor of Professional Practice
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Office: AHF 244A
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Daniel H. Birman is producing Finding The Higgs Boson (working title) for NOVA on PBS. This is a one-hour special about one of the great scientific discoveries in modern times, a tiny particle that explains how the universe was formed. Recently, Birman produced Chasing Speed, a one hour special for Velocity. The program is about Leslie Porterfield, who broke the world record to become the fastest woman on a motorcycle at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. Earlier he completed, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story for Independent Lens on PBS, which was acquired as part of the ITVS Community Cinema program, where it was screened in 98 cities around the country. This is a documentary about a 16-year-old girl who is serving a life sentence for murder. Birman gathered interviews for over six years to present the complex social issues behind this story. Just prior, Birman produced the acclaimed documentary, Brace for Impact: the Chesley B. Sullenberger Story for TLC and Discovery. Birman had the exclusive story about the pilot of Flight 1549 who landed his aircraft on the Hudson River and 155 people walked off.
Birman produced a one-hour special for National Geographic Channel: Death of the Universe that explores new theories about how the universe will end. He produced, Europa: Mystery of the Ice Moon, a one-hour special for Science Channel about exploring a moon of Jupiter that just might support life; and Medical Maverick – two one-hour shows for Discovery Health that look at the work of a world-class trauma surgeon. Birman also produced The Team, a four-part and first-ever nonfiction series for Nickelodeon, and Chopper Rescue a one-hour trauma pilot for Discovery Health. Before that, he produced Alternatives: Uncovered – a series of one-hour programs also for Discovery Health. Birman produced medical television with some of the nation’s leading research physicians during a six-year association with Lifetime Medical Television.
He represents documentary programming on the Board of Governors for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Birman’s work at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism involves teaching students to develop and produce long form video programs for broadcast and the Internet. Students at Annenberg contribute stories to the series, Impact, a student-produced newsmagazine and documentary program that is shown on cable outlets throughout southern California, and is featured on the Web. He has led his graduate and undergraduate students to victory eight times with the College Television Awards. The College Television Awards are administered by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.