There are worse gigs in Hollywood than being Michael Eisner.
Disney’s former Mouseketeer-in-chief, who stepped down in September, put together the first piece of his next career last week, landing a talkshow at biz cabler CNBC.
But it might be a stretch to call Eisner a “talkshow host” — his workload will consist of an hour of TV every other month.
A light schedule, but as a Disney proxy spelled out last week, there is no urgency to the job hunt.
Eisner stays on the Disney payroll until his contract expires in 2008, meaning he’ll collect his $1 million salary plus $7.5 million bonus until then.
Eisner was Disney’s top earner his last year at the helm, collecting $10.1 million, including a $9.1 million cash bonus. He leaves the Mouse as one of its larger shareholders, owning 1.8% of the company, not to mention his pension, which is $297,779 per annum.
Clearly, he’s not doing TV to make ends meet, just staying current in the media biz, he says, as he embarks on his new career as media financier.
Immediately, pundits started assembling a dream team of possible guests including noted Eisner rivals Michael Ovitz, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Jobs and Harvey Weinstein.
To his credit, Eisner didn’t rule any of them out, assuring reporters he would be sure to invite guests with whom he didn’t see eye-to-eye.
First show topic: “mellowing with my millions.”