Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Parkscope Bonus YouTube Video #6: Three Interviews with Michael Eisner (1997-2001)

This is a compilation of several interviews with former Disney CEO Michael Eisner from 1997-2001. Throughout these conversations, Eisner talks at length concerning the death of Frank Wells, his 1998 autobiography "Work in Progress," the purchase of ABC by Disney, the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's California Adventure, his near-fatal bypass operation, the (mistaken?) hiring of Jaimie Tarses at ABC, the 2001 economic recession, the creation of, and his philosophies on running the television, movie, and theme park divisions of Disney.

It's an incredibly interesting exploration of Michael Eisner's public persona, with the obvious ego, his defiance of what certain people try to tell him to do, and his justifications for certain terrible business decisions (DCA,, etc.). Besides reading "Work in Progress" or "Disney War," there is probably no better insight into the high-level business decisions of late-1990s Disney.

-ParkScopeJeff (@ParkScopeJeff)

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