Michael Eisner


Bucks sought from BoJack Horseman’s off-Netflix syndication

Netflix’s adult animation comedy-drama BoJack Horseman is headed for US syndication. LA-based distributor Debmar-Mercury, which specializes in syndaication deals, will take the quirky series to the basic cable market. This could interest the likes of TNT, AMC and FX. This marks an evolution for original Netflix commissions, which have long holdbacks in order for shows […]

Iger confirms exit from Disney CEO post in 2019

Bob Iger will step down as chief executive of The Walt Disney Company in 2019, and claims this time it’s really happening. The Disney CEO confirmed his exit plan at a Vanity Fair event yesterday, adding: “This time I mean it.” That was in reference to previous exit plans, which include an aborted 2016 attempt […]

Iger to remain CEO as Disney search goes on

Bob Iger has signed a year-extension to remain chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company for another year. The deal means Iger will stay in his post until July 2, 2019, and further postpones Disney making a call on his long-term successor. ABC owner Disney has been searching for Iger’s replacement for a significant […]

Iger ‘open’ to extending Disney CEO run

The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger is “open” to postponing his retirement and staying in his role beyond his current 2018 exit date. The saga over Iger’s successor has been running for nearly half a decade, with the widely-respected executive previously postponing an expected 2016 retirement date to remain until June next […]

Ex-Disney chief Cook launches studio

The Walt Disney Company’s former studios chairman Dick Cook has launched a family entertainment-focused studio with the US$150 million backing of a Chinese finance group. Cook – who spent nearly 40 years at Disney, including a spell as chairman of Walt Disney Studios between 2002 and 2009 – is CEO and chairman of Dick Cook […]

Netflix orders Michael Eisner adult toon comedy

Netflix has commissioned former Disney boss Michael Eisner’s prodco to create an adult-themed animated series about a disillusioned whiskey drinking horse. BoJack Horseman features Arrested Development’s Will Arnett as a washed up 1990s humanoid horse TV star, BoJack, once huge through fictional family sitcom Horsin’ Around. The 12-part series also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) […]

Eisner: Hulu buyer will lose next-day rights

Former Disney chairman Michael Eisner has predicted the victor in the battle to buy US streaming service Hulu will lose the prized next-day rights it currently offers. Speaking to Bloomberg Television yesterday, Eisner revealed that he had considered making an offer for the US$1 billion-valued platform but decided against the risk the company potentially comes […]

Yahoo! greenlights six original series

Yahoo! has ordered six new series as its push into original content continues. The internet firm unveiled the shows at its ‘New Front’ event in New York last night. Morgan Spurlock is producing Losing Your Virginity with John Stamos in which the eponymous actor will interview celebrities about how they lost their virginity. The Daily […]