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Michael Eisner

Chief Executive, Tornante Co.

THE LATEST: Eisner’s Tornante Co. has teed up a new slate of animated shows for 2019 including “Tuca & Bertie” on Netflix, voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, and “Undone” on Amazon Prime, a dramedy voiced by Rosa Salazar. Last year, Comedy Central acquired exclusive linear TV rights to Tornante’s Netflix hit “BoJack Horseman.”

BACKGROUND: Eisner began his career at ABC, where he helped take the network from third to first place in primetime, daytime and children’s television with such landmark shows as “Happy Days” and “Barney Miller.” In 1976, he became president of Paramount Pictures, turning out “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Grease” and other hits. In 1984, Eisner became chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. and for 21 years oversaw the transformation of the film and theme-park company into a global media empire. In 2005, Eisner left Disney and founded Tornante Co., a privately held firm that invests in, acquires, and operates media and entertainment businesses.

WORTH NOTING: Eisner oversees the Eisner Foundation, a grant-making organization he founded with his wife, Jane, in 1996. Eisner was No. 33 on the Business Journal’s 2018 list of Wealthiest Angelenos with an estimated net worth of $2 billion.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 4

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