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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 7 March 1942Mount Kisco, New York, USA
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Eisner was born on March 7, 1942 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Glenn Martin DDS (2009), Prom Queen (2007) and The Making of 'Captain Eo' (1986). He has been married to Jane Breckenridge since 1967. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Jane Breckenridge (1967 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (23)

Father of Breck Eisner and Eric Eisner.
Son, Joe Eisner, currently attending UC Berkeley.
When the Walt Disney Company bought ABC, Eisner controlled the network that gave him his start as a young executive.
In the early 1990s, after he cashed out some of the options he enjoyed which were tied to the performance of the Walt Disney Co., he walked away with over $100 million in cash.
He wrote his autobiography, a second book about his summer camp and was the subject of two other books, "The Keys to the Kingdom" and "Disney War".
Began with a minor position at NBC, then moved to ABC, Paramount, then to Walt Disney.
His favorite film is Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (1988). The film became Disney property in 2004; it was previously owned by Fox and Troma.
When dissatisfied with his work at NBC, he mailed out hundreds of resumés to further his career. He received just one response - from Barry Diller at ABC.
Worked his way up from an mid-level manager to the VP of Prime Time Production at ABC (1966-1976).
As a top programming executive at ABC in the 1970s, he was instrumental in taking the network from its usual third place to the top through programming like Happy Days (1974).
When Barry Diller brought Eisner to Paramount in 1976, the company was firmly in sixth place (out of six) in the movie industry, without a single release in the box-office top ten. Two years later, half of the top box-office were Paramount productions, and Paramount was the top movie studio.
CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Co. (1984-2005).
Under his leadership, Disney was transformed from a film studio and theme park company to one of the largest media powerhouses in the world. The company's market capitalization grew from $2 billion in 1984 to $61 billion in 2001. The company is now worth $50 billion.
He was heavily criticized for building a Board of Directors which was filled with friends and supporters who did not effectively balance his own influence in the boardroom. Reforms that were made under pressure brought in renowned diplomat and negotiator Senator George Mitchell, but also removed the harshest critic of Eisner in the boardroom - Roy Edward Disney.
Has been criticized in recent times for having a fractious style of management which has led to a string of top executives leaving the company.
President and COO of Paramount Pictures (1976-1984).
After receiving an unprecedented rebuke from shareholders in 2004 with 43% of shares being withheld for his re-election, he stepped down as the Chairman of the Board, and continued to hold the position of CEO.
Underwent open heart surgery in 1996.
While he was an executive at Paramount, he said the best script he ever read was Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Won a lawsuit brought by the Disney shareholders over the compensation package of fired executive Michael Ovitz. Even though the judge ruled that Eisner did not owe the Disney shareholders any money, the judge ruled that Eisner often put his own interests over that of his company. [August 2005]
Facing the biggest challenge during his time at Disney as he faces calls for his resignation by Roy Edward Disney and Stanley Gold (former Disney executives) and Walt Disney Co. faces a takeover bid from Comcast, Inc. [February 2004]
Developed Nick at Nite show "Glenn Martin DDS". [August 2009]

Personal Quotes (2)

[on what he would most like to be remembered for at Disney, in a Newsweek interview] Not screwing it up.
Success is not a formula, but is based on everything else - the creativity, the right people, the right team.

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