Michael Eisner Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, USA
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

For four decades, Michael Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry. He began his career at ABC, overseeing shows including Happy Days, Barney Miller, and Roots. He became president of Paramount Pictures in 1976, turning out hit films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, and Grease. IN 1984 Michael assumed the position of Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and, in the ensuing 21 years, transformed it from a film and theme park company worth $1.8 billion into a global media empire now valued at over $170 billion. In 2005, Michael founded The Tornante Company, a privately held media & entertainment holding company. Today Tornante owns Topps, Inc., Portsmouth Football Club in England, and has a large and growing television division, including ownership of BoJack Horseman and Tucca and Bertie for Netflix, as well as Undone for Amazon. He and his wife, Jane, founded The Eisner Foundation in 1996 and recently focused the foundation on inter-generational solutions. He was born on March 7, 1942 in New York and later attended Lawrenceville School and Denison University. He and Jane have three sons, Breck, Eric and Anders and three daughters-in-law, plus nine grandchildren.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Tornante Company

Family (2)

Spouse Jane Eisner (22 July 1967 - present)  (3 children)
Children Breck Eisner

Trivia (26)

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]
He was the inspiration for the character Lord Farquaad from Shrek (2001).
No relation to comic book legend Will Eisner, despite a popular misconception.
When he was at Disney, under Buena Vista Productions, employees forced to use trade names Valleycrest Productions, Faded Denim Productions or Lipstick Productions.

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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