In this episode, Michael Eisner, former chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company is in conversation with Alan Yentob, BBC TV executive, producer and presenter. They discuss the importance of technology and the impact it has had, and will continue to have, on our ability to communicate, Michael shares the advice he would give to a young person trying to make it in the entertainment industry. They also talk about why “persistence is the key”, and explore whether cable television is coming to an end as streaming continues to prevail.
Marc Freedman in conversation with Michael Eisner at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, "How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations." The talk took place on January 24, 2019 at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. To learn more about Live Talks Los Angeles -- upcoming events, more videos and podcast -- visit livetalksla.org
The storied exec reflects on his years at ABC, Paramount and Disney, and offers his take on Ovitz ("a mistake"), Katzenberg ("had to let him go"), Iger ("different than me, but equally good or better"), the Weinsteins ("troublemakers") and the Clintons ("an absolutely real relationship")
Hosted by Scott Feinberg
Produced and Recorded by Matthew Whitehurst
Michael Eisner started out in show business the same way everybody else does: by taking tickets at the studio door. But most ticket takers don't end up as epochal media magnates. Eisner rose to prominence at ABC as a protege of Barry Diller, helping to take the television network to the top of the ratings with programs like Roots and Happy Days. He jumped (also with Diller) to Paramount Pictures, and during his eight year stint as president and CEO, the studio produced hit film after hit film, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Beverly Hills Cop, and many more. Eisner then spent the next two decades leading The Walt Disney Company, reinvigorating the animation studio with experiments like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and dozens of musical successes, starting with The Little Mermaid. But it wasn't just cartoons: Eisner vastly expanded the company's signature amusement parks, and spearheaded numerous media acquisitions, with Disney eventually absorbing ABC, ESPN, and launching cruise lines and sports teams. Eisner continues to experiment with new ideas and formats; his production company makes, among other things, a Netflix cartoon for adults about an alcoholic horse. Eisner walks host Alec Baldwin through his expansive film career, and explains how he views risk and reward.
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