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

Kabir is currently producer/director on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; the musical numbers he has directed for the show have nearly two million combined views on Youtube. A three-time Emmy nominee, Kabir won the award in 2016 for editing the pilot of Crazy Ex, becoming the first person of color to win in the category.

In 2019 he directed episodes of 'Grown-ish', and will be directing episodes of two Disney Plus launch titles: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and Diary of a Female President. Kabir has also directed episodes of Mumbai Calling (distributed internationally by HBO), as well as comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards. He directed the pilot episodes of two series: 8th & Ocean for MTV, and the relaunched edition of Unsolved Mysteries.

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. Ten pilots he has edited have gone to series.

Kabir serves on a Peer Group Executive Committee at the Television Academy, and has been a Co-Chair of the Asian-American Committee at the DGA. He has been a featured speaker at many industry seminars, including SXSW. With an extensive background in theater, and six generations of poets among his ancestors, Kabir has credits on over 400 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.