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

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. He worked on all 62 episodes of Crazy Ex, rising from editor to producer/director as the series progressed.

Kabir directed twelve episodes of television last year, including BH 90210 (Fox), The Unicorn (CBS), and the season finales of the critically acclaimed shows Grown-ish (Freeform) and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (the first Disney-branded series on Disney Plus).

His new work premiering in 2020 includes episodes of Mindy Kaling's new Netflix show, Never Have I Ever, and Julie and the Phantoms (also for Netflix). With a passion for musical projects, Kabir has directed thirty music videos with a combined 18 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 ten pilots which were later picked up, 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 is a member of the Television Academy's Editors Peer Group Executive Committee. He has been a featured speaker at many industry events, 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. Fly Eagles Fly.