Focus on what counts

J. Christopher Hull, CPA

Partner

chull@citrincooperman.com
Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Richmond, Virginia

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey

"I take great satisfaction in helping our clients to achieve the greatest value for the intellectual property of their artistic creations. We do this by working closely with them and their team of trusted advisors."

Christopher Hull is a partner and practice leader of the firm's Royalty Audit, Compliance, and Consulting Practice. He has over 30 years of professional accounting experience.

Experience

Chris has conducted hundreds of royalty audits on behalf of his clients, which include recording artists, songwriters, music publishers, digital service providers, record companies and other owners of copyrights, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property rights holders in the music, media, theater, video games, consumer products, and merchandise industries.

He has conducted financial due diligence engagements in the music industry and has prepared valuations of a variety of music assets, including master recordings, musical compositions, and royalty streams.

Previously, Chris was a partner at the firm of Prager Metis (formerly known as Prager and Fenton) where for many years he led the royalty contract compliance group.  

Education & Licenses
Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Richmond, Virginia

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey

Honors & Awards

Billboard's 'Top Business Managers' (2021) 

Presentations & Publications

New York State Bar Association Music Business and Law Conference, “The Gold Rush is in Music Catalogs: The Outlook for Music Asset Transactions and Strategies in Mitigating Risk” – November 2019.

New York City Bar Association, “Royalty Auditing For Attorneys and the Clients They Represent” – October 2018.

New York State Bar Association Music Business and Law Conference, “It’s Still About the Money – Royalty and Licensing Audits in the Music Industry” – November 2017.

CMJ Entertainment Business Law CLE Seminar, “Blurred Lines: CPA and Attorney Ethics Issues in Entertainment” – October 2014.

Association of Independent Music Publishers, “What You Should Know and Do When You Review Your Royalty Statements” – February 2014.

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Committee, “Royalty Examinations in the Entertainment Industry” – May 2012.

Association of Independent Music Publishers, “Termination Rights Under the Copyright Law: What are They? Who’s Got Them? How Do You Exercise Then and What Are They Worth?” – November 2011.

CMJ Entertainment Business Law CLE Seminar, “Unlocking Revenue Streams” – October 2011.

New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, “Show Me the Money: Royalty Audits in the Music Industry” – February 2007.

Association of Independent Music Publishers, “Really Reading Royalty Statements” – November 2006.

The Foundation for Accounting Education, Entertainment and Sports Conference, “Management of Emerging Entertainers” – May 2006.

New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, “Royalty Auditing Issues Arising Under Recording Artist Agreements” – Spring 2005.

Legal Strategies Institute, “Fighting For Music Royalties” – May 2000.

Affiliations

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)

Member, Association of Independent Music Publishers

Co-Chair, New York State Bar Association Annual Music Business and Law Conference
Member, Copyright Society

Member, International Game Developers Association

Member, International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association

Member, Licensing Executive Society

Outside The Office

Chris lives down the Jersey Shore with his wife Cathy and four daughters. He enjoys spending time at the Spring Lake beach with his family, playing sports, fishing when he can, and travel. He is active in fund raising to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis

"I take great satisfaction in helping our clients to achieve the greatest value for the intellectual property of their artistic creations. We do this by working closely with them and their team of trusted advisors."