2021 Entertainment Industry Conference

California’s creative economy packs a $209 billion punch. A study commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design in February 2020 shows the state’s creative industries support 2.68 million jobs, generates $209.6 billion in labor income and provide an annual $650 billion boost to the Golden State’s economy. More than 1 million workers are directly employed in California’s creative industries and an additional 1.6 million indirect jobs support those operations, the study said. 

That accounts for 15.4 percent of the state’s overall employment. 

But the pandemic and resulting economic downturn created much uncertainty in the economy―and the entertainment industry in California was not immune. Domestic box office fell 80 percent, live music lost $30 billion in revenue and 60 percent of scripted television production was delayed. 

As a result, the industry had to adjust and use its creative powers to come back post-COVID even more powerful. So, what’s in store for 2021?

Find out June 22 at CalCPA’s Entertainment Industry Conference, when CPA experts and lawyers in the entertainment industry will cover 2020’s continuing impact and other accounting and finance topics affecting business managers representing clients in all areas of the entertainment industry vital to the California economy —from film and television to music and even sports. CPAs, business managers, attorneys, CFOs and controllers will learn about critical legislative and regulatory developments and get up to speed on other trending topics related to the entertainment industry in California.

Learn more from committee chair Greg Zbylut, CPA, tax attorney at Singer Bureke Zimmer LLP.
Topics to be covered: 
WHEN: JUNE 22 | 8:30 a.m.– 4:20 p.m.
WHERE: Virtual—register today.
Expert speakers include:
  • Brian J. Marler, Director, Media Sports & Entertainment at Houlihan Lokey Investment Bankers
  • Frances Ellington, DBA, CPA, Tax Principal at Green Hasson Janks
  • Greg Zbylut, CPA, Tax Attorney and CPA at Singer Burke Zimmer LLP
  • Henry W. Root, Esq., Partner at Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow, LLP
  • Ilan Haimoff, CPA, CIA, CFE, CFF, Partner at Green Hasson Janks
  • Len Glickman, Partner at Cassels
  • Paul Jones, Managing Director, Entertainment & Sports Practice at HUB International
  • Brad Cohen, Esq., Partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
  • Merck Mercuriadis, CEO, Founder and Managing Partner at Hipgnosis Songs Ltd.
  • Kirsten M. Wilson, President & Founder at W group
  • Bob Jason, Partner at NKSFB, LLC
  • Shane Nix, Esq., Partner at Venable LLP
  • Sam Olchyk, Esq., CPA, Partner at Venable LLP
  • Dan Li, CPA, Managing Director at GHJ Advisors
  • Harold L. Vogel, Ph.D., CFA, CEO at Vogel Capital Management
  • David Cieslak, CPA, CGMA, CITP, GSEC, Chief Cloud Officer and EVP at RKL eSolutions
  • Mark Severance, Director, Cloud Sales at RKL eSolutions LLC
  • Fred Milstein, President & CEO at Media Guarantors
  • Bill Harris, Partner at NKSFB, LLC
  • Lori Badgett, Senior Vice President Entertainment Division at City National Bank
  • Arash Khalili, Esq., Partner at Loeb & Loeb
  • Andrew Golov, Executive VP, Production at Miramax
  • Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH, Founding Partner at Crown & Company
  • Jordan C. Brown, Founder at One Blue Hill
  • Lindsay Arrington, Esq. Music Attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C.
About CalCPA
CalCPA traces its heritage to 1903 when the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants was organized. In 1909, it merged with two other state CPA associations to form CalCPA. CalCPA serves more than 43,000 members in public practice, private industry, academia and government, and has 14 chapters across California. CalCPA also offers more than 1,400 live courses, conferences, webcasts and on-demand self-study courses annually.

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David Colgren 
Colcomgroup, Inc.

Email | (917) 587-3708