The CalCPA Education Foundation Accountant of the Year Award Nomenees

The entertainment industry has always been a fast-moving, fast-changing, fast-buck business. Over the past 30 years, the pace of change has accelerated and the complexity has multiplied. While the industry\’92s financial professionals and their firms have been keeping pace with their times, there are some who have emerged as extraordinary financial leaders.

Three of these respected leaders have been honored by their CalCPA colleagues and clients as nominees for the CalCPA 2016 Entertainment Accountant of the Year Award.

The envelope, please \’85

Michael David Karlin, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno LLC

Michael David Karlin, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno LLC

\’93Your client’s interests always come first.\’94

Michael Karlin is a founding partner of entertainment management and accounting powerhouse NKSF&B, along with co-founders Fred Nigro and Mickey Segal (also a 2016 nominee). He is responsible for managing the business and financial affairs of the firm\’92s high income and high net worth clients, including screenwriters, actors, musicians, composers, publishers, producers, directors and executives.

Karlin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USC and speaks of his career path fondly.

\’93\’93I wanted to be an architect, but my father suggested that I go to business school because I would be more successful in any business I chose. So I went to USC and majored in accounting \’85 and never looked back,” he says. “Accounting is a great profession. But what makes you successful is not just your technical proficiency, but your integrity and how you relate to people. You treat people well and, above all, your client\’92s interests always come first.\’94

Karlin is a member of CalCPA and AICPA; serves on the boards of directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and Westcoast Sports Associates; and is on the board of advisors of USC\’92s Leventhal School of Accounting.


Mark Segal, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno, LLP

Mark Segal, Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno, LLP

\’93Stay current and move swiftly.\’94

Mark \’93Mickey\’94 Segal is one of the founders and managing partner of Hollywood management and accounting firm NKSF&B. More than 30 years ago, the firm helped pioneer the celebrity and production management field when Days of Our Lives approached the firm for accounting work. Then came Fleetwood Mac. Then Steve McQueen. Now the firm serves more than 500 clients representing a substantial cross-section of the entertainment industry.

Segal\’92s professional accomplishments have been widely recognized and honored. A graduate cum laude in accounting from California State Polytechnical University at Pomona, he was inducted into the university\’92s Accounting Hall of Fame and received its Business School Distinguished Alumni Award. He was selected for Variety Magazine\’92s inaugural Business Elite in Los Angeles award.

Segal also has distinguished himself in public service and philanthropy. He has served on the Arcadia City Council and served four times as Arcadia\’92s mayor. He and his wife, Lee, have frequently chaired successful fundraising campaigns and events for the American Cancer Society, Arcadia Hospital, Covenant House and the Motion Picture Television Fund. 

\’93I want to thank the California Society of CPAs for this nomination,” he says. “In our ever-changing industry in which technology and other forces require us to stay current and move swiftly, I\’92m proud to be part of a firm that has met those requirements to deliver the highest quality service to it\’92s clients.\’94 


Steven D. Sills, Green Hasson Janks

Steven D. Sills, Sills Green Hasson Janks

\’93I\’92m very proud of my profession.\’94

When clients in the entertainment industry need to follow the money, Steve Sills has been on the case for more than 35 years. His specialty is audits of production and distribution of motion pictures and television programs on behalf of third-party participants, including talent and investors.

Sills, an attorney, CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensic, has provided expert testimony in entertainment litigation; been a contract negotiator for profit and royalty participants; and participated in settlement negotiations of audit claims. He has been a featured speaker for the CalCPA Education Foundation and New York CPA Foundation, as well as the UCLA and USC film schools.

Sills spent 13 years at the CPA firm of Laventhol & Horwath before founding Sills & Adelmann in 1990. Through growth and mergers, the firm has been known as Green Hasson Janks since 2007.

\’93I would like to thank the members of CalCPA for the honor of being nominated for this distinguished award,” Sills says. “I would also like to congratulate the other nominees, Mark Segal and Michael Karlin. I am the son of a CPA and have been practicing public accounting for almost 40 years. I am very proud of my profession and I\’92m thrilled that my dedication to public accounting has been recognized by the CalCPA.\’94


Our award committee will determine the winner of our 2016 Entertainment Industry Accountant of the Year, who will be announced at the Entertainment Industry Conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday, June 15.

This leading-edge event is designed for industry CPAs, business managers, attorneys, bankers, CFOs and controllers. For more information, view the conference agenda and location. Can\’92t attend? Join via webcast.