Biomedical engineer rides wave of Fox Sports Net show's success to Emmy's
DETROIT - How do you go from studying brain trauma to holding up an Emmy your Hollywood production team just won Monday evening at the 29th Annual Emmy Awards for Sports held in New York City?
In 2005, Base Productions sought bioengineering consultants for its National Geographic Channel project to analyze and capture the science of martial arts. The show was to show incredible athletic feats and answer such questions as, “How powerful and lethal can a karate chop be?” From that summer on a Hollywood dojo stage set, Bir rode the show’s success leading to a new series on Fox Sports Net called Sport Science, and renewal of the show by Fox for next season.
As the lead scientist and the only female engineer on the set, she is a natural icon for the show. Recently, she’s given interviews to Detroit print and radio media, was showcased on WXYZ TV, and appeared on the cover of “twist”, the Detroit Free Press Sunday feature supplement.
Sport Science was up for four Emmys, including Technical Achievement Award. The team consisted of Bir and Base Productions Executive Producers Mickey Stern and John Brenkus. Besides setting up and analyzing the data, Bir and Brenkus appear in the on-air shots with the athletes.