KABIR AKHTAR, ACE is an Emmy-winning editor and director whose work includes
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Kabir won an Emmy in 2016 for editing the pilot of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', and is directing the show this season as well. He has picked up two other Emmy Nominations in his career: for editing Billy Crystal's opening film for the Oscars, and for his work as supervising editor on 'Arrested Development' (which was also nominated for an ACE Eddie Award).
He recently completed a term as Co-Chair of the DGA's Asian-American Committee, and currently serves on the Television Academy's Editors' Peer Group Executive Committee.
Kabir has worked on scripted, reality, multicamera, and commercial content for a whole alphabet worth of networks, including HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, MTV, ITV, AMC, IFC, A&E, PBS, TBS, BET, UPN, VH1, ESPN, Showtime, Comedy Central, Syfy, Bravo, Spike, Discovery, Lifetime, Oxygen, Hulu, the CW, Adult Swim, and Netflix.
With an extensive background in theater, and six generations of living and dead poets among his living and dead ancestors, Kabir has credits on 300 hours of television — continuing his family's tradition of storytelling in a career lasting two decades.
Panelist at the 2016 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Prime Cuts event in Los Angeles
» Selected by The Hollywood Reporter as a 2016 Cutting Room Standout (Full story, photo of article!)
» Mentioned in the Hindustan Times in connection to Bollywood and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Full story)
» Featured speaker at Temple University LA Program, 2016
» Award Presenter at ACE Eddie Awards, 2016
» Guest Speaker at UCLA, in conjunction with University of Miami film school's "LA Experience" program, 2015, 2013, 2011
» Featured on Art of the Guillotine radio show, 2013
» Featured speaker at LAFCPUG postproduction seminar in Hollywood, 2013 (Watch the presentation)
» Panelist at EditFest LA, 2013, presented by ACE at Universal Studios
» Featured Interview in CinemaEditor Magazine, 3rd Quarter 2013
» Interviewed a few times by the Hollywood Reporter about Emmy Nomination for Arrested Development (Full story, Another mention, Another interview )
» Interviewed by KPCC / NPR about Arrested Development's 2013 season (Full story)
» Panelist at the 2012 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Prime Cuts event in Los Angeles
» Panelist at the 2011 Sundance Institute Comedy ShortsLab in Los Angeles. Quoted in IndieWire's Top 15 Tips from the event
» Panelist at a 2011 DGA symposium on "Directing the Actor" (DGA Magazine article)
» Featured in a 2011 Times of India article about his ties to Bollywood
Kabir edited the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and went on to be the Supervising Editor, Associate Producer, and 2nd Unit Director on the show's first season. He directed episode 9 of the second season.
He also edited the pilot of the groundbreaking ABC series Speechless.
Kabir was the supervising editor on season 4 of Arrested Development, overseeing the assembly of an eight-hour comedy and narrative puzzle for Netflix.
Kabir directed a short for the 2012 Academy Awards, starring Billy Crystal and Melissa McCarthy, as well as part of the opening film for the 2011 Emmys, starring Jane Lynch and Leonard Nimoy. He also directed half of the episodes of "Mumbai Calling", a single-camera comedy series on ITV1 (in the UK) and HBO (internationally).
Kabir ventured out of comedy to direct the new edition of the classic show "Unsolved Mysteries", and created many elements of the series' new look. After seeing the pilot, Spike ordered 175 episodes. That kept Kabir busy for a while.
Kabir directed a music video parody at the Lucasfilm Ranch, starring several Star Wars characters. He was the first director to show those characters playing football, arm-wrestling, and having a picnic. The short, which starred Brian Posehn alongside Darth Vader and Chewbacca, was reviewed favorably by StarWars.com as being "like nothing you've ever seen."
He has directed and edited many other Comedy Central shows, from "The Daily Show" to specials, creating scripted and improv material with such talent as David Spade, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Kate Beckinsale, David Arquette, and the cast of "Reno 911".
Based in Los Angeles, Kabir is a Philadelphia native, holding an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from the University of Miami and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.