Eisner to Host Prime-Time Interview Show for CNBC

Jan 10, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Less than a year after he retired as Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO, Michael Eisner has agreed to host a bimonthly, prime-time interview show for CNBC. Mark Hoffman, CNBC president, made the announcement Tuesday.

“Conversations With Michael Eisner” will focus on creativity and innovation and how to recognize, nurture and develop great ideas and fresh talent. The hour-long program, whose launch date and time slot are still to be announced, will be seen on CNBC, CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia.

“Our affluent audience, which includes business executives, financial professionals, investors and other well-educated individuals, expects CNBC to give them access to the top business and political leaders of the day and provide them with perspective and insight that they cannot get anywhere else,” Mr. Hoffman said. “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to that promise and I know that Michael’s unique point of view and the guests that he assembles will be compelling, informative and highly entertaining.”

“Conversations” will originate from NBC’s Studio 8H, the home of “Saturday Night Live.” Mr. Eisner also will be an executive producer of the show.

“I am very excited that in my circle of life, I am returning to the same NBC studio where I was a page for the ‘Tonight Show With Johnny Carson’ in the 1960s,” Mr. Eisner said in a statement.