Karen Carberry Warhola has been hired by Maine Department of Economic & Community Development as director of the Maine Film Office. In her new position, Warhola will be responsible for marketing Maine as a site for all forms of production, from feature films to catalog shoots. She also will assist with projects as the liaison between communities, other state departments and production companies.

“Karen’s leadership and ties to Maine make her a perfect fit as the new director. Her wide range of experience and knowledge will benefit the Maine Film Office in attracting producers and directors from across the country to film in Maine,” said DECD Commissioner George Gervais.

Warhola has more than 20 years of hands-on production experience in the film and television industry. She started her television career as a camera operator at MPBN-TV. She later worked for two years as a freelancer at Buena Vista, a division of the Walt Disney Company, before joining the staff in Burbank, Calif., for an additional eight years. She later returned to the studio lot and managed Touchstone Television’s Prime Time Awards and their Emmy Awards campaign.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity and I look forward to attracting more film, television and photography projects that showcase our great state,” said Warhola.

Warhola received her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Maine at Orono, where she earned membership in both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Alpha honor societies and became a Presidential Achievement Pin recipient.

Warhola, who is originally from Maine, is an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. She lives in Bangor with her husband.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.