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 2012 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.
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 directed episode 9 of the second season.
He also edited the pilot of the groundbreaking ABC series Speechless.
Kabir has edited seven pilots which were made into series; the two mentioned above, plus "Viva la Bam" and "8th & Ocean" for MTV, "Eagleheart" for Adult Swim, "I'm With Busey" for Comedy Central, 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 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".
Kabir is a Philadelphia native currently 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.