KABIR AKHTAR, ACE is an Emmy-winning director-editor whose work includes
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A three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award in 2016 for editing the pilot of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', becoming the first person of color to win in the category. The pilot is one of ten he has edited that have gone to series. Kabir recently directed his third episode of the show; the musical numbers he has directed for Crazy Ex have over 1.7 million views on Youtube.
He earned additional Emmy nominations for his work as supervising editor on 'Arrested Development', and for editing Billy Crystal's opening film for the 2012 Oscars.
Kabir has directed comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as episodes of the half-hour comedy series 'Mumbai Calling', distributed internationally by HBO. He has also directed the pilot episodes of two series: 8th & Ocean for MTV, and the relaunched edition of Unsolved Mysteries.
Kabir recently served a four-year term on the Television Academy's Editors' Peer Group Executive Committee, and a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee at the DGA. He has been a featured speaker at many industry seminars, and was a panelist this year at SXSW.
With an extensive background in theater, and six generations of poets among his ancestors, Kabir has credits on nearly 400 hours of television — continuing his family's tradition of storytelling.
Kabir has worked on scripted, reality, multicamera, and commercial content for a
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Kabir edited the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and went on to be the Supervising Editor, Associate Producer, and 2nd Unit Director on the series. He began directing episodes in season two, and will be directing two more episodes in season 3.
He also edited the pilot of the groundbreaking ABC series Speechless, and of ABC's series Alex Inc. starring and directed by Zach Braff.
Kabir has edited ten pilots which were made into series; the three mentioned above, plus "Viva la Bam" and "8th & Ocean" for MTV, "Eagleheart" for Adult Swim, "I'm With Busey" for Comedy Central, "Don't Sleep" for BET, "Let's Make a Deal" for CBS, and the relaunched edition of the classic series "Unsolved Mysteries" (which he also directed) for Spike.
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.
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."
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.