Tribune: How Much Does Eisner Crave Action?

Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action?

On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press suffered near the end of his Disney tenure. And his knowledge of the TV station business — Tribune's other major asset — might be rooted in a much simpler past.

Still, at this point any form of resolution would mark an improvement, and Tribune employees should probably simply follow the ABZ mantra, as in "Anything But Zell."

Full disclosure: Like a lot of people, I'm a former Tribune employee.

More Voices

  • Hollywood Safe Workplace

    Why Hollywood Needs to Lead the Way in Showing How to Create a Safer Workplace

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

  • Seven Seconds

    Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood’s Cop Shows (Guest Column)

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

  • Janet Mock Pose

    'Pose' Writer Janet Mock on Making History With Trans Storytelling (Guest Column)

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

  • Tony Awards Sightlines Column

    How to Produce the Tony Awards: 5 Unsolicited Tips

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Cannes 2018's Hidden Thrill: The Opportunity to Find New Voices

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

  • Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow poses backstage

    It's Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

    Michael Eisner certainly doesn't need the money, so the question of his involvement with the Tribune Co. — as is being discussed — boils down to this: How much does he crave being in the thick of the action? On the plus side, he's old enough to appreciate newspapers, although his relationship with the press […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content