Katherine Sarafian

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Katherine Sarafian
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Born (1969-01-27) January 27, 1969 (age 47)
San Leandro, California
Nationality American
Ethnicity Armenian
Occupation Film producer

Katherine Sarafian (born January 27, 1969)[1] is an Armenian-American film producer at Pixar Animation Studios. She started at Pixar as an artist but was shifted from the art department to marketing during the making of A Bug's Life by Pixar head Steve Jobs.[2] She then became a producer within Pixar.[2]

Early life[edit]

Katherine Sarafian, the middle of three children, was raised in San Leandro, California, by her Armenian mother Alice Izmirian, active in San Leandro civic affairs, and Armenian father Richard Sarafian, Jr., a pastor of the Saint Vartan Armenian Church of Oakland who died in 2009. Sarafian's Armenian heritage and religious upbringing, due to her father being a pastor, have been a central influence.[3]


Sarafian produced Pixar's 2006 short film Lifted and its 2012 theatrical release Brave,[4] for which she was nominated for the Producer's Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of an Animated Theatrical Motion Picture.[5]

Sarafian and Brave's Director Mark Andrews accepted Brave's award for Best Animated Feature Film, at the Golden Globe award ceremony on January 13, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Katherine Sarafian lives in nearby Oakland with her husband and visual effects specialist Meher Gourjian, whose production credits include work in Harry Potter[3] and whom she married during her six years of producing Brave.[2] She gave birth to two sons during the six years of production time.[3][2]

Producer filmography[edit]



  1. ^ "Katherin A Sarafian, Born 01/27/1969 in California | CaliforniaBirthIndex.org". www.californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d Case, Tina (June 24, 2012). "Disney Pixar's 'Brave': An interview with producer Katherine Sarafian". Yahoo!. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c San Leandro Has Bragging Rights To Pixar's 'Brave'. SanLeandroPatch. June 22, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2013
  4. ^ Powers, Lindsay (October 14, 2010). "Pixar announces first female director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Child, Ben (January 3, 2013). "Skyfall's nod from Producers Guild of America creates Oscar buzz". The Guardian. Retrieved January 6, 2013.