KABIR AKHTAR, ACE is an Emmy-winning director-editor whose work includes The Academy Awards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Arrested Development, and Unsolved Mysteries.

Originally from Philadelphia, Kabir spent most of his school years in the theater, before launching a career as a visual storyteller. Now a three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award for editing the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, becoming the first person of color to win in the category. He worked on all 62 episodes of Crazy Ex, rising from editor to producer/director.

Kabir has also directed episodes of Never Have I Ever, BH 90210, The Unicorn, Julie and the Phantoms (an upcoming Netflix musical), Mumbai Calling, and the new Saved By The Bell, as well as season finales of the critically acclaimed shows Grown-ish and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (the first Disney-branded series on Disney Plus). With a passion for musical projects, Kabir has directed thirty music videos with a combined 20 million Youtube views, as well as comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards.

He earned additional Emmy nominations for his work on Arrested Development (becoming the first comedy editor nominated for a streaming series) and on Billy Crystal's most recent opening film for the Oscars. Kabir has also been nominated twice at the ACE Eddie Awards.

He has edited the pilot episodes of ten series, and has directed the pilot episodes of two series: 8th & Ocean for MTV, and the relaunched edition of Unsolved Mysteries. Kabir has served as Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee at the DGA, and as a Peer Group Executive Committee member at the Television Academy. He has been a featured speaker at many industry events and festivals, including SXSW.

With an extensive background in theater, and six generations of poets among his ancestors, Kabir has credits on over 450 hours of television.


Kabir is a Philadelphia native based in Los Angeles, and holds an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from the University of Miami and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Fly Eagles Fly.