Speaker Shaan Akbar
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Head of External Development, MotorTrend
Shaan Akbar is manager of development for MotorTrend Group, a Warner Bros. Discovery company, responsible for leading long form program development for MotorTrend+ and MotorTrend TV including guiding the process from pitch to production, and from creative to negotiations and finance.
Akbar first joined Discovery Channel in 2007 as a marketing intern before moving to Discovery Health Channel and TLC as a marketing specialist who managed strategy and creative campaigns for the networks. He then became associate producer for the networks from 2008 - 2011 woking on MY STRANGE ADDICTION, 19 KIDS AND COUNTING and MYSTERY DIAGNOSIS, and then was one of the founding members of Velocity (now MotorTrend TV) in 2011 as it then became the fastest growing cable network for men in the U.S. Akbar worked as producer, executive producer and co-executive producer of several Velocity series and specials such as JDM LEGENDS, CHASING CLASSIC CARS, OVERHAULIN', ALL GIRLS GARAGE, FANTOMWORKS and more.
For MotorTrend TV, Akbar serves as executive producer on PIKES PEAK: ON THE EDGE and AUTO / BIOGRAPHY, and co-develops and co-produces the hit series BITCHIN' RIDES, TEXAS METAL and IRON RESURRECTION in addition to overseeing long form content development from third-party producers. He is based out of MotorTrend Group headquarters in El Segundo, Calif.
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