Michael Eisner and Julie Taymor discuss the future of storytelling. Location: Greenwald Pavilion
Michael Eisner is founder of The Tornante Company, a privately held company that makes investments in and incubates companies and opportunities in the media and entertainment space. Through Tornante, Eisner founded Vuguru, an independent studio that develops and finances scripted, story-driven content for digital and international platforms and acquired The Topps Company, Inc., the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry for several decades. In 1984, Eisner assumed the position of chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, transforming it from a film and theme park company with $1.8 billion in enterprise value into a global media empire valued at $80 billion. He began his career at ABC, taking the network from No. 3 to No. 1. In 1976, he became president of Paramount Pictures, leading the studio to become No. 1 at the box office and in profitability. Eisner is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
In 1998, Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony® for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The musical has won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes, garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask
and puppet designs. For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co-book writer. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, nominated for five Tony® Awards.