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Odds and Ends for $100: Michael Eisner on the Creative Process

Aug 3, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Michael Eisner, the former Disney CEO, has come up with a new show for Nick at Nite called Glenn Martin DDS, which is done in stop-motion animation.

Here’s Eisner talking during the cable TV portion of the Television Critic’s Association’s summer press tour last week:

"[I] had an idea. You know, it’s no different that what I’ve done my whole career, actuallly, but instead of having 120,000 people at Disney to help me, if I have an idea, I actually have to figure out a way to get it done. But whether it’s writing four pages [that turned into] ‘Happy Days’ [while I was] snowbound in the Newark Airport, or…thinking about this kind of a show and writing a four-page outline for it, or getting stopped in Beverly Hills by a cop and walking in my first day at Paramount and saying, ‘we ought to do a movie about a Beverly Hills policeman.’

"…[M]y life has generally been about ideas, driving around or in the shower or whatever, and actually getting them done. And when you are at Paramount or ABC or Disney and you have people around you, it’s great because you can have an idea a minute, most of them of which are terrible."

—Chuck Ross

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