Michael Eisner (born March 7, 1942) is a liberal progressive Hollywood studio executive. Eisner held the position as CEO of Disney from 1984 until 2005, and is believed to be responsible for turning it into a secular-progressive corporation. He has also been an executive at NBC in the 1970s and president of Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s. He currently produces the controversial Nickelodeon stop-motion sitcom Glenn Martin DDS through his company Tornante Entertainment.
In 2003, Roy E. Disney, the son of Roy O. Disney and nephew to founder Walt Disney, resigned from his positions as Disney vice chairman and chairman for the company's Feature Animation Department, citing Eisner's failure as CEO, including his flops in management with Disney owned ABC, a recent series of movie flops in the early 2000s, and turning Disney into a "rapacious, soul-less company".
In 2005, journalist James B. Stewart released the book DisneyWar. The book describes the various controversies which took place at the Disney company during Eisner's 20-year tenure as CEO, such as Roy E. Disney's resignation, Eisner's tensions with director Robert Zemeckis during production of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eisner's eventual rivalry with former Disney executive and DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and Disney's failure with the content of ABC Family after the network's purchase from Fox Television in the early 2000s.
In 1991, Eisner allowed the first annual Gay Days at Disney World event (unofficial) to take place, which allows homosexual couples to dress in drag and engage in various obscene acts during regular park hours in full view of visiting families. The event takes place to this day at Disney parks.
In 1989, he also sued three day cares in the Orlando area because they painted murals of Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, claiming they had committed copyright infringement against Walt Disney World. Although legal, many people thought this was immoral, considering it was a legal mismatch. Universal Studios Florida, another liberal theme park resort, responded to Eisner's actions by replacing the murals with Woody Woodpecker and Hanna-Barbera characters.