It begins by providing a good background into the situation that brought eisner to disney from both his own career leading up to his hiring and the leadership and creative vacuum left after walt disneys death. The battle for the magic kingdom and over 8 million other books are. Since leaving the company in 2005, however, eisner has been just as busy. Eisners disney was a far cry from the lowkey, eccentric company run by. Ovitz also alienated bob iger, the president of abc. Instead of an opera, we have lengthy depositions from both players, michael ovitz and michael eisner, who fell out spectacularly in 1996 after ovitzs brief and unhappy tenure as eisners no.
Disney publishing participates in affiliate commission programs, including with amazon, which means that we may earn advertising fees from purchases you make from the links on this page. But the last few years have been very tough on the management of disney, including on its former chair and current chief executive michael eisner and on its board of directors. It is the worlds second largest broadcasting and cable company in terms of revenue, after comcast. I have long been fascinated by the walt disney company. When you wish upon a star, whistle while you work, the happiest place on earth these are lyrics indelibly linked to disney, one of the most admired and bestknown companies in the world.
Disney shareholders later sued eisner and disneys board of directors for awarding ovitz such a large severance package. Fortune magazine michael eisner is more than the ceo of walt disney co. Eisners 19 years at walt disney the new york times. Eisner cited that roys age of 72 as a required retirement age. Eisners recent years, though, were marred by the shareholder revolt and a board fight in which eisner clashed with two former directors, roy disney, the nephew of the founder, and stanley gold. Michael eisner was initially extremely successful in this role. The last jedi with some sneak peeks of new characters, old favorites, origin stories, and more. Strolling through the disneymgm studios theme park in orlando, his 6foot 3inch frame towering over an. The dramatic inside story of the downfall of michael eisnerdisney chair. From super agent to disney castoff, michael ovitz recounts. The dramatic inside story of the downfall of michael eisnerdisney chairman. The dramatic inside story of the downfall of michael eisnerdisney chairman and. In the years following, highly public battles between eisner and such top disney executives as michael ovitz and jeffrey katzenberg played out in the press.
Eisners arrogant and disengenuous modus operandi were michael ovitz. Theyll certainly get your jedisintraining ready for star wars. Disney war is encyclopedic in its scope and coverage of the michael eisnerera walt disney company. Disney shareholders force eisner out of chairmans role. The saga certainly has all the hubris and betrayal and dashed ambitions one could wish for. Eisner rescued disney in the mid1980s and restored the luster to a faded brand.
Sep 28, 2008 disney s style, disney s attitude was directly tied to the american mindset and the mindset of a large part of the world. Here are a selection of outofthisworld star wars books for ages 3 to 8 so you can get up to light speed. Steve jobs, and why did pixar abruptly abandon its partnership with disney. Disney used to embody the joy, the excitement, the wonder of the worlds both real and imaginary. Katzenberg, the dominoes started to fall, and kim masters was in the. Sep 26, 2005 eisner s recent years, though, were marred by the shareholder revolt and a board fight in which eisner clashed with two former directors, roy disney, the nephew of the founder, and stanley gold. Feb 27, 2005 there is a strange need among disney fans to lay the blame for the companys longstanding malaise at the feet of its chairman. Eisner, who supported iger as his successor, will step down the day before, although the company said it. How could eisner have so misjudged michael ovitz, a man who was not only the most. Instead, stewart suggests in his epilogue, eisner was unconsciously. The year ended with a public airing of management missteps in the 1996 firing of president michael ovitz. Mar 21, 2010 you really need to read disney wars which discusses eisner s tenure. Michael eisner in his autobiography paints ovitz in classic agent mode schmoozer, handler, sycophant.
Michael eisner on disney, ovitz, and the future of media. His guests were john travolta and his exboss, barry diller. The memoir, due out tuesday, traces ovitzs remarkable career as cofounder of creative artists agency and his brief, illfated tenure as president of walt disney co. Unfortunately, ovitzs belief was mistaken, as eisner had a radically different view. Disneywar is an expose of michael eisners 20year tenure as chairman and ceo at the walt disney company by james b. You really need to remember the state of the company after walt and roys deaths. In a career dedicated to celebrating and exploring the work and life of walt disney and his colleagues, as well as those who carry on their creative legacy, jim has authored books, magazine articles, online pieces, tv documentaries, comics and more. Eisner that ovitzs vision for disney was shared, at some point during the negotiations ovitz came to believe that he and eisner would run disney, and would work together in a relation akin to that of junior and senior partner. The eisner era the history of the walt disney company. Apr 27, 2015 former disney ceo michael eisner talks about where hed invest in media, and how star wars will help disney. Disney as a board director, the son of disney cofounder roy o.
Michael eisner on former disney colleagues, rivals and bob. This book charts the twenty years of michael eisner as ceo of the walt disney corporation, how he went from being the saviour of the company to more or less the antichrist. The walt disney company project gutenberg selfpublishing. Most of ovitzs ideas were vetoed by eisnerincluding a deal merging disneys hollywood.
Jim fanning is an internationally published writer, historian, editor, lecturer and researcher specializing in disney. Impressed with eisner s performance, cnbc president mark hoffman hired eisner in early 2006 to host his own talk show, conversations with michael eisner. How did eisner control the disney board for so long, and what really happened in the fateful board meeting in september 2004, when eisner played his last cards. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the american comic book industry, and his series the spirit 19401952 was noted for its experiments in content and form. Jay parini enjoys james b stewarts disneywar, a rollicking tale of the. Eisner, as mentioned, has a reputation for micromanaging the business, but disney is a big company, and eisner couldnt have had his fat, clumsy thumb in every cow pie. Strolling through the disneymgm studios theme park in orlando, his 6. Disneywar, oddly, is a very long book about hollywood with no sex. William erwin eisner march 6, 1917 january 3, 2005 was an american cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. Later court proceedings reflect that ovitz stock options were granted when he was hired to induce him to join the company, not granted when he was fired. During 1994, disney s president and eisner s trusted partner, frank wells, died in a helicopter crash. The world of business about the feud between disney s michael eisner and michael ovitz. Over there disney books disney publishing worldwide. Disney, frank wells, jeffrey katzenberg, michael ovitz, joe roth, robert iger and stan kinsey.
Disneywar and millions of other books are available for instant access. Jan 09, 2005 the year ended with a public airing of management missteps in the 1996 firing of president michael ovitz. On october 7, 2005, eisner was a guest host for the charlie rose talk show. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of alist entertainers, directors, and writers, including ste. The book chronicles the careers and interactions of executives at disney, including card walker, ron w.
But it was a stroke of genius, not luck, that led eisner to see disneys existing film stock as an asset to be tapped. Aug 09, 2005 eisner ovitz case ends in a win for disney. So this tells us that the artist copied eisner s at a later date so drum roll please eisner is the winner his signature was first released to the public in 1936 when he released wow what a magazine with his high school friend cartoonist bob kane who later was the maker batman. If nothing else its a very credible tale of how power corrupts. Mr litvack said that disney could not fire mr ovitz with cause and would need to make the severance payment under the terms of his contract, mr eisner. Walt disney last night said it would split the role of chairman and chief executive after a 43% of shareholders withheld their support for michael eisners reelection at the companys rowdy. Michael dammann eisner is an american businessman who was the chief executive officer of walt disney productions the walt disney company from september 22, 1984 to september 30, 2005. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Synopsis when you wish upon a star, whistle while you work, the happiest place on earth these are lyrics indelibly linked to disney, one of the most admired and bestknown companies in the world. The walt disney company, commonly known as disney, is an american diversified 2. How could eisner have so misjudged michael ovitz, a man who was not only. Disney ceo michael eisner handpicked ovitz in 1995 to be his lieutenant at. Disney is the leading case on executive compensation.
Disney has history of leadership battles from walt to eisner, and now staggs, the companys boardroom has had many plot twists. Eisner was born in mount kisco, new york, and raised on park avenue in manhattan. It begins by providing a good background into the situation that brought eisner to disney from both his own career leading up to his hiring and the leadership and creative vacuum left after walt disney s death. In re walt disney derivative litigation, 907 a 2d 693 2005 is a u. Wow, too bad eisner couldnt have prevented the pixar debacle. Jobs, and why did pixar abruptly abandon its partnership with disney.
When walt disney did poorly in 1999, chairman and chief executive michael eisner michael eisner was penalized with no annual bonus. Michael ovitz, his bestfriendturnedpartnerturnedfoe, and finally, eisner vs. Disneywar is an enthralling tale of one of americas most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. As the cofounder of creative artists agency, michael ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy, and fierce loyalty to his clients. Board member stanley gold responded to this by resigning from the board, and urged the other board members to oust.
But disney faltered in recent years as the performance of its animated films, abc broadcast network and theme parks declined. The dropoff in its financial performance, combined with mr. Mr eisner hired mr ovitz, the founder of creative artists agency and one. Jan 01, 2005 disney war is encyclopedic in its scope and coverage of the michael eisner era walt disney company. He attended the allenstevenson school followed by the lawrenceville school and graduated from denison university in 1964 with a b. Ovitz, the most powerful agent in hollywood, had been eisners best.
So when roy disney, chairman of walt disney animation and nephew of founder walt disney, abruptly resigned in november 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive michael eisner, he sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, and living rooms around the world everywhere disney does. Michael ovitz still has nothing good to say about michael eisner. And the famous threat ovitz delivered to joe eszterhas about having foot soldiers marching up. With a dream cast that includes katzenberg and fallen uberagent michael ovitz both of whom come off no worse than eisner, which is faint praiseplus heir apparent robert iger and ultimate eisner nemesis roy disney the books hero, if there is one, stewart has an astonishing story to tell. Anne thompson at daily variety reports on a script of interest to those of us who are into disney history theres a hot script making the rounds of the hollywood studios. If youre going to read one book about hollywood, this is the one. So when roy disney, chairman of walt disney animation and nephew of founder walt disney, abruptly resigned in november 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive michael eisner, he sent. Jan 07, 2002 fortune magazine michael eisner is more than the ceo of walt disney co.641 1184 1048 920 1079 1450 273 963 637 1300 28 1236 1136 506 640 1117 1104 507 1495 176 375 404 1071 975 987 242 12 735 314 844 749 432 86 1342 1080 766 545 795