Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
Who is/was the biggest influence in your business life and how did s/he shape who you’ve become?
I’ve been fortunate to have strong women mentors throughout my career life. One in particular helped me to realize that it was not only okay, but a necessity, to put my family first in order to draw the very best out of me both personally and professionally.
Describe the best thing about Green Hasson Janks and why it matters to you.
The firm encourages us to seek and create our own opportunities
Where do you see the profession heading, and what innovations can we anticipate?
The recruiting landscape will become increasingly competitive as individuals seek professional opportunities less based on physical location and more on the culture and fit of the organization.
If I weren’t an accountant/consultant, I’d be a __________________. Why?
I’d be a journalist. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a news junkie.
Anita Wu, CPA, CFE, joined Green Hasson Janks in 2000 and has more than 20 years of auditing experience within the entertainment industry. Her specialty includes profit participation audits on behalf of talent, investors and co-producers at both the major and mini studios. She currently manages most of the audits at Walt Disney Pictures and Television and NBC Universal. Anita has also performed audits of merchandise licensing royalties and music royalties.
An experienced accountant in the entertainment industry, Anita is a regular speaker and writer and was a co-author for the Firm’s 2017 entertainment and media whitepaper. Additionally, Anita enjoys working with innovators and pioneers in the entertainment industry and collaborating with clients as a means towards getting the best results.
Anita is also a leader of Green Hasson Janks’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative and a mentor and role model for younger members of the Firm. In 2018 she was recognized in as Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential Women in Accounting” and “Most Influential Minority CPA.”
Anita is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in May 1996. During her years on campus, she actively participated as a member of the International Business Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.
She is a member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation – Professional Advisory Network and CalCPA.
Anita currently resides in Burbank with her family
Favorite place in the world:
Wherever my family is!
Favorite movie or book of all time:
The Shining (with Elf being a close second)
One word that best describes me:
When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:
Carrying my dog on her walk.
GHJ Entertainment Expert Anita Wu talks with Entertainment Lawyer Ezra Doner of Doner Law on the recent Bull Durham fraud case and other similar investment scams. Find out about the ongoing litigation, different types of scams and predicted ruling in this case in GHJ’s Media Clips podcast. This podcast is a supplement to a recent Client Alert published by Doner Law. Click here to listen to Anita and Ezra's discussion on Bull Durham and entertainment investment fraud.
Click here to listen to Green Hasson Janks Principal Anita Wu and Entertainment and Technology Attorney Jonathan Handel discuss hot topics and outlook for residuals in the entertainment industry.
I recently led an intimate roundtable discussion centered on how the #BeMore culture at Green Hasson Janks has changed the way we think about our career growth at the firm. Our firm believes every day is a chance to #BeMore. Not do more. Not work more. Instead, we encourage one another to be the best we can be and enjoy life to the fullest. Green Hasson Janks seeks to change the accounting profession by recognizing that in order to achieve the greatest success, we must encourage individuals to […]