DECD Names New Director of Maine Film Office

For Immediate Release: July 17, 2012

Media Contact: Doug Ray douglas.ray@maine.gov; 207-624-9802

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, (DECD), has announced that Karen Carberry Warhola has been hired as director of the Maine Film Office. In her new position, Carberry Warhola will be responsible for marketing Maine as a site for all forms of production, from feature films to catalog shoots. She will also 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.

Carberry 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, California 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 Carberry Warhola.

Carberry 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.

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

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Photo Caption: Karen Carberry Warhola, Director of the Maine Film Office.

About the Maine Film Office Established in 1987, The Maine Film Office is a division of the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. The film office helps bring film, television and other media projects to Maine; works to expand and improve Maine's in-state production industry; and helps all Maine made media productions succeed. For more information, visit www.filminmaine.com.

The film office is advised by the Maine State Film Commission, a board of volunteers appointed by the Governor of Maine. The film office is also helped and advised by the Maine Film and Video Association, the state's trade group for the media production industry. For more information on MFVA, visit www.mainefilm.com.

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