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Daniel H. Birman is an award-winning documentary producer based in Los Angeles.
He is currently producing Curious Minds: Conscious Capitalism for the digital streaming service CuriosityStream. He is also producing They Were Children, a digital series for the PBS series Independent Lens, and The Tennessean, about a legal push to change juvenile sentencing laws in Tennessee.
Previously, Birman produced Perfecting Flight, a feature documentary about legendary aviator Bob Hoover. Narrated by Harrison Ford, it tells the story of Hoover’s dynamic career spanning WWII to the present. In addition, Birman was a contributing producer for The Big Bang Machine, a special for the PBS series Nova, about one of the greatest scientific discoveries in modern times, the Higgs boson, a tiny particle that explains how the universe was formed.
Birman spent six years producing and directing the internationally acclaimed documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, which aired on Independent Lens. The film followed a 16-year-old girl serving a life sentence for murder in Tennessee, and the deep social issues that contributed to her fate. It was selected by ITVS for its Community Cinema program, where it was screened in 98 cities throughout the U.S.
Other notable projects include Chasing Speed, for Velocity, about Leslie Porterfield, who broke the world record for fastest woman on a motorcycle at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. Brace for Impact, produced for TLC and Discovery Channel and narrated by Harrison Ford, was an exclusive examination of Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III’s successful emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in 2009. Death of the Universe, for National Geographic’s Naked Science series, explored new theories about how the universe will end. Science Channel’s Europa: Mystery of the Ice Moon explored the possibility of life on a moon of Jupiter. Medical Maverick, a limited series for Discovery Health, looked at the work of a world-class trauma surgeon. And Alternatives: Uncovered was a series for Discovery Health about alternative medicine.
Birman is a professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism, where he developed the school’s nonfiction television/documentary production track and is executive producer for Impact, its student-produced newsmagazine series.