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TVInews - 107 TVI Publisher, Josie Cory Attends Michael Eisner's Farewell At the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) Luncheon - Eisner family members attending: wife, Jane Eisner and sons, Anders Eisner and Brett Eisner -- Email sent to all 129,000 Disney employees.

40th Week 2205 / Eisner Talks About the Future at HRTS Luncheon. Pictured above: Disney executives and Hong Kong mayor, joining in the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland. On Friday, September 30th, 2005, Eisner, 63, stepped down as head of the company he has led for 21 years, formally giving over the reigns to his handpicked successor, Disney President Robert Iger. Bottom row left: Eisner's son, Anders Eisner, wife, Jane Eisner, Michael Eisner and son Brett Eisner




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On the eve of his exit, outgoing Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner, (September 28, 2005), Eisner signed over the companies African Art collection to the Smithsonian. Three days before, he took center stage, along with his family watching on, making his farewells to his media friends at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Speaking to an audience of entertainment executives Tuesday, Eisner reminisced about his accomplishments, noting that the company's once-suffering ABC television network had launched the fall season at the top of the heap for the first time in a decade. ABC was No. 1 among viewers 18 to 49 years old, the audience most coveted by advertisers.
The network's strong showing came "just in the nick of time," Eisner said. "Next week, I couldn't take credit for it."
While attending functions such as the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland and promoting his book "Camp," Eisner has kept a low profile in recent months, surprising critics who suspected he'd have trouble wrenching himself from a company in which he had vested so much of his identity and stirred up so much controversy.
Indeed, the mere prospect of Eisner's remaining at Disney in some capacity became a central issue during the search for a successor. Eisner's critics in and out of the company believed that if he was to remain in a position of power he might undercut his replacement.
His exact role with Disney in the future remains unclear. Publicly, Eisner has said only that he expects to remain in the entertainment field. Behind the scenes, however, he is seeking continuing ties to the company.
Those could include a consulting deal and the use of such perks as the corporate jet and an office with an assistant.
Eisner had considered moving into the vacant office of Roy E. Disney, a former dissident director who quit in a dispute with the CEO and later led a shareholder revolt that resulted in Eisner being stripped of his chairmanship title.
That office had once been occupied by Roy's uncle, Walt, as well as by Eisner himself.
Disney spokeswoman Zenia Mucha acknowledged that Eisner had considered keeping an office on the company's Burbank lot but chose not to do so. She would not say where an office might be found for the ex-CEO.
Eisner's Future with Disney
Disney board members are expected to finalize the terms of his ongoing relationship next month. But this much already is clear: Eisner will remain one of the largest individual shareholders of the company, holding approximately 14 million shares, valued at $327 million based on Tuesday's closing price of $23.36.
In his waning days, Eisner has said that he does not want a send-off party. He is expected to send a farewell e-mail to the company's approximately 120,000 employees this week. He is likely to remind them of the entertainment giant Disney has become.
Eisner transformed the company from an ailing studio with a few theme parks to a $30-billion global media giant with 11 parks, television networks, Broadway shows and cruise ships.
But his legacy was also tarnished by a series of high-level clashes, leading to the departure of executives who in many cases moved on to successful careers elsewhere.
His most publicized falling-out was with former Disney President Michael Ovitz, who was fired in 1996 after just 15 months on the job.

October 1, 2005 / Eisner's Farewell to Disney Employees: 'I've Learned So Much'
As promised, he sent a farewell e-mail to the company's 129,000 employees. Here are the highlights of the eight-paragraph letter:

Dear All,
I'm sitting in my office thinking about how much I have enjoyed working with the people who make up this company. I am about to pack up 21 years of pictures, books and letters and other Disney memorabilia from around the world that hopefully my great grandchildren will not sell on eBay….
I've learned so much over all these years from my partnership with you, from how to build theme parks to how the evening news is put together, from building an animated movie to building a legitimate theater on 42nd Street, from the revitalization of the 100 Acre Wood to the build-out of the thousands of acres of swamps and beet farms and landfill of Florida, Paris and Hong Kong, and even learning what a World Series ring looks like. I even finally learned the precise relationship of Huey, Dewey and Louie to Donald Duck. But I never really learned how to master reading a TV teleprompter. There is still time.
In 1984, there was plenty of room in my brain to acquire this much-needed knowledge. At my first speech on the first day on the Burbank lot, at the old gazebo, I met my first cast member, Angela Philo, and asked what department she was in. Her response, "BVD." "Wow," I responded, "I didn't know Disney owned an underwear company." …
This company, which I so love, is poised for a tremendous future, with superb management at all levels, entrusted to the brilliant and steady chief executive officer, Bob Iger. I want to thank everybody for letting me share a piece of your lives for two decades.
While I leave Disney with less hair than I had when I arrived, I do know creative inquisitiveness never ages or tires. I feel as optimistic as I did on Oct. 1, 1984.
By the way, I have since learned that BVD stands for Buena Vista Distribution. Good luck, and go see "Chicken Little."

4. Editor's Note / As the honored guest of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, "he gave little hint of his sometimes stormy tenure with Disney," says Josie Cory. After the lunchen, I spoke to Mr. Eisner and met members of his family, sons Anders, Brett and Jane Eisner pictured above in the montage.
It was just conencidental that a few days earlier, we met Troy's ol' song writing friend, Richard Sherman of, "Mary Poppins" fame, he had nothing but great things to say about his old boss. Mr. Eisner was very gracious, and other than to say he had less hair now than when he began in 1984.
Highlights in his carrer, he reminisced about his days as a page at NBC to his involvement creating such hit shows as "Happy Days" at ABC to years at Paramount Pictures, where with Barry Diller he oversaw movie hits that included "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "48 Hours."
He also told the executives not to fret about the advent of technologies -- particularly the Internet -- that are changing the nature of the business.
"I do know creative exploration never ages or dies," Eisner said, speaking not only of the industry but of himself.

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