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Encyclopedia > Michael Eisner
Michael Eisner
Born March 7, 1942 (1942-03-07) (age 65)
Mt. Kisco, New York
Occupation Entertainment executive
Spouse Jane Breckenridge (1967 - present)

Michael Dammann Eisner (born March 7, 1942) was CEO of The Walt Disney Company from September 22, 1984 to September 30, 2005. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mount Kisco is both a village and a town located in Westchester County, New York. ... The entertainment industry consists of a large number of sub-industries devoted to entertainment. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... “Disney” redirects here. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Early life

Michael Eisner was born to a wealthy family in Mt. Kisco, New York, and raised on Park Avenue in Manhattan. He attended the Lawrenceville School and graduated from Denison University in 1964 with a B.A. in English. He is a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. His grandfather was one of the first uniform suppliers to the Boy Scouts of America. Mount Kisco is both a village and a town located in Westchester County, New York. ... Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue runs north and south between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in New York City. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... The Lawrenceville School is a coeducational, independent preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12 located on 700 acres in the historic community of Lawrenceville, in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, U.S. five miles southwest of Princeton. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology... Delta Upsilon (ΔΥ) is one of the oldest international, all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities and is the first non-secret fraternity ever founded. ... For the Boy Scouting program within the BSA, see Boy Scouting (Boy Scouts of America). ...


ABC and Paramount

After two brief stints at NBC and CBS, Barry Diller at ABC hired Eisner as Assistant to the National Programming Director. Eisner moved up the ranks, eventually becoming a senior vice president in charge of programming and development. In 1976, Diller, who had by then moved on to become chairman of Paramount Pictures, recruited Eisner from ABC and made him president and COO of the movie studio. During his tenure at Paramount, the studio turned out such hit films as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, the Star Trek film franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Beverly Hills Cop, and hit TV shows such as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Cheers and Family Ties. This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Barry Diller at the Web 2. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 movie starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth whose weekend activities are dominated by visits to a Brooklyn discotheque. ... Grease is a musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. ... Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is an American comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. ... Happy Days is a popular American television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ... This article is about the TV series. ... For other uses, see Family Ties (disambiguation). ...


Diller left Paramount in 1984, and, as his protege, Eisner expected to assume Diller's position as studio chief. When he was passed over for the job, though, he left to look for work elsewhere and lobbied for the position of CEO of The Walt Disney Company.


Disney

Walt Disney Productions had been struggling since its founder's death in 1966 [citation needed] and had narrowly survived takeover attempts by corporate raiders when its shareholders Sid Bass and Roy E. Disney brought on Eisner and former Warner Brothers chief Frank Wells to replace Ron W. Miller in 1984 and turn the company around. Walt Disney Productions is the former name of The Walt Disney Company, which it held from 1929 to 1986. ... Sid Bass (1943-). His father, Perry Bass, built on oil fortune inherited from uncle Sid Richardson (d. ... Roy E. Disney in Sweden, 1990 to promote The Little Mermaid. ... Frank Wells was president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his death on April 3, 1994. ... Ronald William Miller is a former professional football player and a former top Disney executive. ...


During the second half of the 1980s and 1990s, the studio revitalised, and the division had a "golden age" with annual box office hits with such regularity that even their creative structure started to be known as the "Disney formula." Disney also broadened its adult offerings in film when then Disney Studio Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg acquired Miramax Films in 1993. Disney acquired many other media sources, including ABC and ESPN. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ...


During the early part of the 1990s, Eisner and his partners set out to plan "The Disney Decade" which was to feature new parks around the world, existing park expansions, new films, and new media investments. While some of the proposals did follow through, most did not. These include WestCOT, Disney's America, Disney-MGM Studios Paris, and among film projects, a Who Framed Roger Rabbit franchise. WestCOT concept for Spacestation Earth. ... Disneys America logo Disneys America was a theme park that was to be built by The Walt Disney Company in Haymarket, Virginia. ... The Disney-MGM Studios Paris was to be a theme park at the Euro Disney Resort in Marne-la-Vallee, France, next door to Euro Disneyland. ... Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (released on its Touchstone Pictures banner), which blends traditional animation and live action. ...


Frank Wells died in a helicopter crash in 1994, ending the longstanding feud between him and Eisner. (The Lion King, which is the most successful hand-drawn animated picture, was released over two months later in his memory). Shortly thereafter, Jeffrey Katzenberg resigned and formed Dreamworks SKG with partners Steven Spielberg and David Geffen because Eisner would not appoint Katzenberg to Wells' now-available post. This article is about Disneys 1994 film. ... The DreamWorks Boy on the Moon Logo DreamWorks SKG (Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen) is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, music, and television programming. ... Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ...


The Save Disney war and Eisner's ouster

In 2003, Roy E. Disney, also the son of co-founder Roy O. Disney, resigned from his positions as Disney vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation, accusing Eisner of micro-management, failures with the ABC television network, timidity in the theme park business, turning the Walt Disney Company into a "rapacious, soul-less" company, and refusing to establish a clear succession plan, as well as a string of box-office movie failures starting in the year 2000. Roy E. Disney in Sweden, 1990 to promote The Little Mermaid. ... Roy Olive Disney (June 24, 1893–December 20, 1971, aged 78) was, with his younger brother Walt Disney, co-founder of what is now The Walt Disney Company. ... “Disney” redirects here. ... Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ... Theme Park is a simulation computer game designed by Bullfrog Productions, released in 1994, in which the player designs and operates an amusement park. ...


On March 3, 2004, at Disney's annual shareholders' meeting, a surprising and unprecedented 43% of Disney's shareholders, predominantly rallied by former board members Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, withheld their votes to re-elect Eisner to the corporate board of directors. This vigorous opposition, unusual in major public corporations, convinced Disney's board to strip him of his chairmanship and give that position to former U.S. Senator George Mitchell. However, the board would not immediately remove Eisner as chief executive. is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stanley Gold is the President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, which manages Roy E. Disneys investments. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer (that is, someone who works for the company) charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... For other persons with a similar name, see George Mitchell George John Mitchell, GBE (born August 20, 1933) is a former Democratic Party politician and United States Senator from the state of Maine, and currently serves as Chairman of the global law firm DLA Piper US LLP and also as...


As criticism of Eisner intensified in the wake of the shareholder meeting, Eisner's position became more and more tenuous, and on March 13, 2005, Eisner announced that he would step down as CEO one year before his contract expired. On September 30 Eisner resigned both as an executive and as a member of the board of directors, and, severing all formal ties with the company, he waived his contractual rights to perks such as the use of a corporate jet and an office at the company's Burbank headquarters. Eisner's replacement was his longtime lieutenant, Bob Iger. is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Bob Iger is the President and COO of the Walt Disney Company and Michael Eisners hand_picked successor as CEO. Previously he served as President and COO of Capital Cities/ABC until that companys merger with Disney. ...


Eisner's struggle to maintain control of the legendary entertainment company was the subject of journalist James B. Stewart's bestselling book DisneyWar. James Brewer Stewart (born c. ... DisneyWar is an exposé of Michael Eisners 20-year tenure at the The Walt Disney Company by James B. Stewart. ...


Post-Disney

On October 7, 2005, Eisner hosted The Charlie Rose Show, filling in for Rose. His guests were John Travolta and his ex-boss, Barry Diller[1]. Impressed with Eisner's performance, CNBC President Mark Hoffman hired Eisner in early 2006 to host his own talk show, Conversations with Michael Eisner. The show mostly features CEOs, political leaders, artists and actors. Eisner is also an executive producer of the show. [2] is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Charlie Rose is a television interview show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, dancer, and singer. ... Barry Diller at the Web 2. ... This article is about CNBC U.S., the business news channel in the U.S.. For other uses, see CNBC (disambiguation). ... Conversations with Michael Eisner is a one hour talk show that runs once a month on CNBC. The show is hosted by former Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner. ...


Eisner has recently invested in an Internet video distribution network named Veoh Networks ([3]). Veoh is a San Diego, California-based company that has created a peercasting network for video clip distribution. ...


In March 2007, Eisner's investment firm, The Tornante Company, launched a studio, Vuguru, that will produce and distribute videos for the Internet, portable media devices and cell phones. "The entire concept here is content is king," Eisner said in an interview. "What will drive traffic is interest in the subject matter." [4] Through these companies Eisner has acquired the rights to the internet series SamHas7Friends. The first series produced by Vuguru is Prom Queen, created by Big Fantastic (the same team behind SamHas7Friends), which launched on April 1, 2007. The Tornante Company is a privately held investment firm founded by former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner in 2005. ... Vuguru is a video production company founded by Tornante (headed by Michael Eisner) in March 2007. ... SamHas7Friends was a 2006 internet-based serial drama. ... Prom Queen is the first internet video series produced by former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisners new production company Vuguru and the returning internet series production company Big Fantastic. ... Big Fantastic, LLC is a production company located in Santa Monica, California which develops online video entertainment. ... SamHas7Friends was a 2006 internet-based serial drama. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Eisner, through Tornante, is also attempting the take over Topps Co., the well-known bubble-gum and collectibles firm, though as of August 2007 the outcome of that attempt remains uncertain. The Topps Company, Inc. ...


Books

Work In Progress (1998)- ISBN 0-375-50071-5


Camp (2005)


Personal life

His sons are Breck, Eric, and Anders Eisner. Breck Eisner (b. ... The son of Disney magnate Michael Eisner, Eric Eisner is the producer of two movies. ...


In 1994, he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery.[5]

Preceded by
Raymond Watson
Disney Chairmen
1984–2004
Succeeded by
George J. Mitchell
Preceded by
Ron W. Miller
Disney CEOs
1984–2005
Succeeded by
Robert A. Iger

Raymond L. Watson was Chairman of Walt Disney Productions from 1983-1984. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... For other persons with a similar name, see George Mitchell George John Mitchell, GBE (born August 20, 1933) is a former Democratic Party politician and United States Senator from the state of Maine, and currently serves as Chairman of the global law firm DLA Piper US LLP and also as... Ronald William Miller is a former professional football player and a former top Disney executive. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... Robert Bob Iger is the President and COO of the Walt Disney Company and Michael Eisners hand-picked successor as CEO. Previously he served as President and COO of Capital Cities/ABC until that companys merger with Disney. ...

Quotes

  • "I always went into an area that was in last place, with a philosophy, 'You can't fall off the floor.' And I was lucky, was at the right time and the right place, with the right ideas, and each one of these areas became number one."
  • "You can't succeed unless you've got failure, especially creatively."
  • "We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only obligation."
  • "It's impossible to negotiate with Steve Jobs. Jobs is a Shiite Muslim" (Disney Board Meeting 2003, March)
  • "You are so loyal to Stanley [Gold] it's like you've carried his babies" (Eisner to Andrea Van de Kamp, at the time Disney Board Director, on January 20,2003)
  • "Bob [Iger] can't run this company [Disney]" (Eisner about Bob Iger on September 23, 2003 - Bob Iger is currently the top executive at Disney)
  • "They are selling the computer with the encouragement of the advertising that they can rip, mix and burn. In other words, they can create a theft and distribute it to all their friends..." (Eisner during his testimony on Capitol Hill to the Senate Commerce Committee on February 28, 2002, regarding Apple's iPod ads)

Further reading

  • Disney War by James B. Stewart ISBN 0684809931

External links


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