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 recently wrapped as 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.

He has also directed episodes of BH 90210 (Fox) and Mumbai Calling (HBO International), plus season finale episodes of Grown-ish (Freeform) and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney Plus's upcoming launch series). This fall Kabir will be directing episodes of The Unicorn (CBS), The Baker and the Beauty (ABC), and two new half-hour series for Netflix. He has directed comedy segments of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as 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 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.