Motion Picture and Television Audit Expert Steven Sills '87 "In Conversation" at Southwestern Law School
Steven Sills '87, Partner and Motion Picture and TV Audit Expert at Green Hasson Janks, will be the next guest for Southwestern Law School’s "A Conversation with…." series, presented by Southwestern’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. Professor Steve Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute, will conduct the discussion on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Southwestern.
"Steve Sills conducted over 50 production and distribution audits for Village Roadshow Pictures during my tenure there [as President and COO] – and hundreds of others for filmmakers working at every studio in town," Professor Krone said. "No one knows more than Steve Sills about that formidable beast we call ‘participation accounting.’"
Mr. Sills has over 30 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 participated in settlement negotiations of audit claims. Mr. Sills was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in Celador International v. The Walt Disney Company, which resulted in a $270 million verdict in connection with the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire television series, and Paul Haggis, Inc. vs. Persik Productions, Inc., which produced a $10 million verdict in connection with Best Picture winner Crash.
Mr. Sills also spent 13 years at the CPA firm of Laventhol & Horwath, before founding Sills & Gentille in 1990. In 2007, Sills & Gentille merged with Green Hasson Janks.
As an attorney, CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Financial Forensic, Mr. Sills 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 film schools.
The "A Conversation with..." series at Southwestern features prominent leaders in entertainment and media, including executives, attorneys and creative artists from the worlds of film, television, music, sports, interactive entertainment and other creative industries. The dialogue format allows the special guest to explore timely and vital issues confronting the entertainment and media industries in an informal setting. Audience members are invited to ask questions, and the conversation is followed by a reception.
The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building (3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles). Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office.