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Karen Krizanovich is a journalist, writer and broadcaster whose work and writing has been published by Sotheby’s, Stylist, The Pool, The Times, Reader’s Digest, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent, The Telegraph, West London Living and The Guardian Film Blog, among many others. She is also Editor-At-Large for Civilian magazine.
Karen is an Illinois-native based in London with film industry credits on Detective Pikachu (2019), Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Stratton (2016), Patient Zero (2015), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Gravity (2013), among others – check her IMDb.
Broadcasts include Monocle Radio’s The Menu with Markus Hippi, BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBCR4 The Film Programme and various Monocle Radio Her review outlets are Monocle24 Radio, Radio Times and The List. Her written reviews, including early work for Empire, are aggregated at Rotten Tomatoes.
Karen conceived, researched and presented Whistledown Production/BBC Radio 4‘s groundbreaking original radio documentary entitled Svelte Sylvia and the Hollywood Trimsters. ‘Sylvia of Hollywood’ was Tinsel Town’s greatest fitness/beauty expert yet she was wiped from history until this documentary and the Wikipedia page built by Karen from her own research brought Sylvia back to life.
Karen is the honorary secretary and member of the London Film Critics’ Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI. She is also a member of the British Film Designers Guild [BFDG].
A host for Q&A sessions and film-related talks, Karen has hosted for the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the London Comedy Writers’ Festival, the NFT/BFI, First Light’s Fever Pitch/London Film Festival, the Barbican Cinema and for the Curzon Cinema.
In the 90s, Karen was Dear Karen, the
sarcastic beloved Agony Aunt of Sky Magazine’s must-read comedic advice page. Dear Karen’s past posts are currently being archived on Pinterest at Dear Karen columns. A good interview about these done by the great and much missed Ruth Picardie is here The Sharon Stone of Agony … An American voiceover artist, Karen specialises in alto tones and American regional accents. Some vocal samples are here. She was once the voice of a green M&M, which is the only female M&M, apparently.
Karen is an accredited personal trainer.