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DisneyWar

James B. Stewart

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 thril

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 thril
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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 thril

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Lawlor

Length:

25h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

53:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

54:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:03:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

55:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:20:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:21:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

42:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

49:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:17:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:20:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:36:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:14:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

54:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:15:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:11:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:11:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

52:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

52:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

51:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

42:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

52:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:03:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:14:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:20