THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Katherine Sarafian, Senior Vice President, Talent at Pixar Animation Studios.
Katherine Sarafian is the Senior Vice President, Talent, at Pixar Animation Studios. In this capacity, she oversees the development and cultivation of Pixar’s workforce at all levels, helping shape the filmmaking experience at the studio.
A Pixar veteran, Sarafian produced the Academy Award®-winning feature film Brave and the Academy Award®-nominated short film Lifted. She joined the studio in 1994 as a coordinator on Toy Story and held a variety of key production roles, including production supervisor on the Academy Award®-nominated Monsters, Inc. and production manager on the Academy Award®-winning The Incredibles, before beginning her tenure as a producer.
Sarafian’s experience spans the range of Pixar’s creative and business interests; in addition to her film production work, she has overseen Pixar’s feature film development department and served as its Director of Marketing and Consumer Products. Prior to her promotion to Senior Vice President, Talent, she served as the studio’s Vice President, Strategic Talent Planning.
Before joining Pixar, Sarafian worked in development at Castle Rock Entertainment and in digital entertainment at Sanctuary Woods Multimedia.
Sarafian received her BA in Communication Studies and MA in Film and Television Critical Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.
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