Avi Youabian is an award-winning Iranian director who has worked on some of the top-performing shows on broadcast, cable and streaming. Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, Avi is an alumna of the USC Film School.
His first directorial effort was the 2013 digital series Tainted Love– a gritty live-action graphic novel that Variety recognized as one of the “Top 10 Digital Series” of that year. He then directed Tom Clancy’s Wildlands for producer Roberto Orci and Amazon. In 2018 Avi earned an Emmy Nomination for directing and producing duties on The Walking Dead: Red Machete.
Prior to directing, Avi worked as an editor in film and television. His strong sense of story and character propelled him into the most high-profile projects including several pilots for Greg Berlanti, and feature films for prolific artists such as Halle Berry and Jon M. Chu.
The last several years have seen Avi become one of the most in-demand directors working on dozens of shows including Another Life, The Walking Dead, All American, Batwoman, Blacklist, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., Quantum Leap, Supergirl, 4400, Gotham Knights, FBI International, among many others. Avi lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children and is a passionate photographer and swimmer.