I enjoy the opportunity to learn new things and the opportunity to advance the careers of our staff.
What’s your role in the firm, and how do you make a difference?
I’m a Partner in the Contract Compliance and Forensics Department. I represent our clients (talent, investors, etc.) to make sure they get their fair share of the profits generated by their creative and financial efforts.
Who is/was the biggest influence in your business life and how did s/he shape who you’ve become
My father was a CPA. Although he died long before I made the decision to become a CPA myself, knowing how proud he would be of my accomplishments provides great comfort to me.
Describe the best thing about Green Hasson Janks and why it matters to you.
I merged my firm into GHJ almost ten years ago. There were specific reasons why I chose GHJ over other firms and certain promises that were made to allow the practice to grow. Every one of those promises has been kept.
What makes you get up in the morning, and how does it impact your work style?
The opportunity to learn new things. The opportunity to advance the careers of our staff. The opportunity to find new claims for our clients that allow them be compensated for their efforts.
What issues in our community do you care most about, and how does that motivate you?
I spent 4 years in the Air Force; one of those years in Thailand. I support an organization called the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood. We provide humanitarian aid to people in need in Southeast Asia.
Steven Sills, CPA, CFE, CFF, has more than 40 years of entertainment accounting experience. His specialty involves audits of production and distribution of motion pictures and television programs on behalf of third-party profit participants. As a consultant, he has given expert testimony in entertainment litigation, been a contract negotiator for profit and royalty participants and participates in settlement negotiations of audit claims.
Steve spent 13 years at the CPA firm of Laventhol & Horwath, before founding his own participations auditing firm in 1990. In 2007, his firm merged with Green Hasson Janks.
Steven has been published multiple times including “Profit Participation in the Motion Picture Industry” in the Los Angeles Lawyer, “Participants in the Motion Picture Industry” in the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook and Movie Money: Understanding Hollywood's Creative Accounting Practices.
Steven is an attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Financial Forensic. He has been a featured speaker at the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and New York CPA Foundation, as well as the UCLA and USC law schools.
Favorite place in the world:
Rock/Procol Harum/Gary Brooker
Favorite movie or book of all time:
One word that best describes me:
When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:
Singing with my Rock ‘n Roll Band; Spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids
The entertainment industry has been affected by #COVID19 just like every other industry. A newly released book, Movie Money: Understanding Hollywood’s (Creative) Accounting Practices, authored by GHJ Entertainment Leaders Partner Steven Sills, Principal Peter Klass and Manager Tracy Liang, takes an in-depth look at the accounting side of the entertainment industry, provides insight into the arcane world of profit participations and discusses how streaming revenues impact reporting to the […]
Reflecting on our annual firm-wide Community Day last week, I am reminded of a saying we have here at Green Hasson Janks: “Serving the nonprofit community is not just what we do; it is who we are.” Community service is a central part of the Firm’s identity, and we promote this company culture throughout our organization by contributing to various local charities (and not just once a year for Community Day). This commitment to serve is one of the reasons I decided to join Green Hasson Janks back […]