Asian American Committee Elects New Co-Chairs

Asian American Committee Co-Chair 2020

November 20, 2020

Directors Kabir Akhtar, Kai Kim and Lily Mariye have been elected co-chairs of the DGA's Asian American Committee.

The Asian American Committee was created as a networking group to provide a forum for interests and issues that concern Asian-American Guild members. Through outreach efforts in the entertainment industry that emphasize career development and skills enhancement, the committee provides a variety of networking opportunities as well as screenings, seminars and discussions with industry professionals.

    Kabir AkhtarKabir Akhtar
    Akhtar is an Emmy-winning director-editor whose work includes episodes of Never Have I EverBH 90210The UnicornMumbai CallingSaved by the BellGrown-ishArrested DevelopmentNew Girl, the pilot episode of 8th & Ocean and the relaunched edition of Unsolved Mysteries. He was also a Director/Producer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and won the Emmy Award in 2016 for editing the pilot of that series. Akhtar has been a DGA member since 2005 and previously served as a co-chair of the Asian American Committee from 2013-2015.


    Kai KimKai Kim
    After launching his career in the entertainment industry in creature effects, custom props and as a camera operator with multiple Daytime Emmys for his camerawork on the daytime drama, The Young and The Restless, Kim began his directing career by helming multiple episodes for that series. A DGA member since 2014, he previously served as an alternate co-chair of the Asian American Committee from 2018-2020 and on the DGA Committee of Joint Co-Chairs participating in the 2020 DGA Diversity Summit.

    Lily MariyeLily Mariye
    Mariye’s directing credits include the feature film Model Minority and episodes of The Terror: InfamyHow to Get Away with MurderStumptownCouncil of DadsChicago PDMacGyverNCIS: Los Angeles and Prodigal Son. Mariye also earned a DGA Award-nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs category for her 2017 “Just Add Meddling” episode of the Amazon series Just Add Magic. A DGA member since 2015, she previously served as a co-chair of the Asian American Committee from 2018-2020. 

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