KABIR AKHTAR is a director and Emmy-nominated editor with credits on over 300 hours of
His work includes
'The Academy Awards',
'The Daily Show',
'The Emmy Awards',
'At the Skywalker Ranch'
(a short film for Comedy Central/Lucasfilm).
Kabir has directed, edited, and written for hit shows on 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, Sci-Fi, Bravo, Spike, Discovery, Lifetime, Oxygen, New Line Cinema, the WB, Adult Swim, Netflix, and more.
With an extensive background in theater, and generations of living and dead poets among his ancestors, Kabir has worked on episodic comedies, commercials, documentaries, short films, trailers, reality, and multicamera shows — continuing his family's tradition of storytelling in a career lasting over 16 years.
He was Nominated for an Emmy in 2012, for editing the opening film for the Oscars, and Nominated again in 2013 for both an Emmy and an A.C.E. Eddie Award, for editing 'Arrested Development.' His work on the 2006 Oscars was also Nominated for an Emmy for Best Editing for a Special.
» Panelist at EditFest LA, 2013, presented by A.C.E. at Universal
» Featured Interview in CinemaEditor Magazine, 3rd Quarter 2013
» Interviewed a few times by the Hollywood Reporter about Emmy Nomination for Arrested Development (Full story, Another mention, Another interview )
» Interviewed by KPCC / NPR about Arrested Development's 2013 season (Full story)
» Panelist at the 2012 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Prime Cuts event in Los Angeles, featuring selected Emmy Nominees (Event Info)
» Panelist at the 2011 Sundance Institute Comedy ShortsLab in Los Angeles. Quoted in IndieWire's Top 15 Tips from the event
» Panelist at a 2011 DGA symposium on "Directing the Actor" (DGA Magazine article)
» Guest Speaker at UCLA, in conjunction with University of Miami film school's "2011 LA Experience" program
» Featured in a 2011 Times of India article about his ties to Bollywood
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. That kept Kabir busy for a while.
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!"
Among the scripted series Kabir has cut are "Arrested Development" (20th Century Fox), "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime), "Wyclef Jean in America" (HBO), "Van Stone: Tour of Duty" (Comedy Central), and "Eagleheart" (Adult Swim). He has also cut numerous unscripted series, being named supervising editor of various top-rated prime time series.
Based in Los Angeles, Kabir is a Philadelphia native, holding
an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from the University of Miami and
a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.