Karen M. Peterson

Film Critic, Podcaster, Freelance Entertainment Journalist

United States

With ten years of experience in entertainment journalism and film criticism, Karen is a Los Angeles-based film critic, podcaster, and writer. She worked as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the entertainment site AwardsCircuit.com until it closed in 2020. She then spent two years as the Awards Editor at We Live Entertainment. She currently freelances with bylines at Variety and Awards Daily, in addition to her work with Citizen Dame, the podcast and website she co-owns and edits. Additionally, she co-hosts the Watch and Talk film and TV podcast.

Karen is particularly interested in the craft of filmmaking, celebrating marginalized filmmakers, and analyzing entertainment awards races. Her work has taken her to film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Hamptons International Film Festival, AFI, and Animation Is Film, as well as red carpet events and press rooms for the Independent Spirit Awards, the Critics Choice Awards, ACE Eddies, and the Oscars.


Interviews and Features

Inside the Secrets of 'The Rings of Power' Title Sequence

Main title creators Mark Bashore and Katrina Crawford were given a unique challenge in creating the title sequence for "The Rings of Power," a series from the world of J.R.R. Tolkien that would introduce fans of "The Lord of the Rings" to the much older and less familiar Second Age.

How 'Halo's' Crew Built a Library of Sounds To Bring X-Box Game to Life

Supervising sound editor Jane Tattersall, sound designer Brennan Mercer and re-recording mixers Matthew Chan and Lou Solakofski knew the stakes were high for Paramount+ series " Halo," based on the wildly popular Xbox video game, which for years had been trying to make the leap to movie theaters.

We Live Entertainment
Interview: Gary Oldman Discusses Mankiewicz, Fincher, and 'Mank' | We Live Entertainment

Gary Oldman has become a legend in his own time, with such iconic characters as Lee Harvey Oswald, Dracula, Sirius Black, and Commissioner Gordon. Since the early days of his career, Oldman has embraced a wide range of parts, has played in every imaginable genre, and has become one of the most recognizable actors in the business, even with his chameleon-like ability to disappear into every new role.

We Live Entertainment
Nicole Beharie Discusses History, Timing, and the Importance of 'Miss Juneteenth' | We Live...

Nicole Beharie is doing as well as anyone could during a global pandemic. From taking time for herself, training, dancing, praying, and connecting with others. The star of indie hit, Miss Juneteenth, won Best Actress at this year's Gotham Awards and we were delighted to talk with her about what it was like to hear she had won the season's first major prize.