Disneywar

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Synopsis

The dramatic inside story of the downfall of Michael Eisner—Disney Chairman and CEO—and the scandals that drove America’s best-known entertainment company to civil war.

“When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Whistle While You Work,” “The Happiest Place on Earth”—these are lyrics indelibly linked to Disney, one of the most admired and best-known companies in the world. So when Roy Disney, chairman of Walt Disney Animation and nephew of founder Walt Disney, abruptly resigned in November 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, he sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, and living rooms around the world—everywhere Disney does business and its products are cherished.

Drawing on unprecedented access to both Eisner and Roy Disney, current and former Disney executives and board members, as well as thousands of pages of never-before-seen letters, memos, transcripts, and other documents, James B. Stewart gets to the bottom of mysteries that have enveloped Disney for years: What really caused the rupture with studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, a man who once regarded Eisner as a father but who became his fiercest rival? How could Eisner have so misjudged Michael Ovitz, a man who was not only “the most powerful man in Hollywood” but also his friend, whom he appointed as Disney president and immediately wanted to fire? What caused the break between Eisner and Pixar chairman Steve Jobs, and why did Pixar abruptly abandon its partnership with Disney? Why did Eisner so mistrust Roy Disney that he assigned Disney company executives to spy on him? How did Eisner control the Disney board for so long, and what really happened in the fateful board meeting in September 2004, when Eisner played his last cards?

DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America’s most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. It tells a story that—in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax—might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic—except that it’s all true.

Chapters

  • Disneywar 01 Open

    Duration: 08s
  • Disneywar 02 Prologue

    Duration: 40min
  • Disneywar 03 Part1 Ch1a

    Duration: 53min
  • Disneywar 04 Part1 Ch1b

    Duration: 54min
  • Disneywar 05 Ch2

    Duration: 01h03min
  • Disneywar 06 Ch3

    Duration: 55min
  • Disneywar 07 Ch4

    Duration: 01h20min
  • Disneywar 08 Ch5

    Duration: 01h21min
  • Disneywar 09 Ch6

    Duration: 42min
  • Disneywar 10 Ch7

    Duration: 49min
  • Disneywar 11 Part2 Ch8

    Duration: 01h17min
  • Disneywar 12 Ch9

    Duration: 01h20min
  • Disneywar 13 Ch10

    Duration: 02h36min
  • Disneywar 14 Ch11

    Duration: 01h14min
  • Disneywar 15 Ch12a

    Duration: 54min
  • Disneywar 16 Ch12b

    Duration: 01h15min
  • Disneywar 17 Ch13

    Duration: 01h11min
  • Disneywar 18 Ch14a

    Duration: 01h11min
  • Disneywar 19 Ch14b

    Duration: 52min
  • Disneywar 20 Ch15a

    Duration: 52min
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