When Michael D. Eisner left the Walt Disney Company in 2005 and set about remaking himself in new media, investing in a video-sharing Web site and starting a digital studio, some people in Hollywood snickered. Here we go, the whispers went, another fading star who doesn't know when to leave the stage.
Could Mr. Eisner get the last laugh?
Among the Hollywood developers scrambling to create original Internet programs, Mr. Eisner, 65, is one of the very few who can claim early success. "Prom Queen," a murder-mystery series distributed on MySpace and other Web sites, has been viewed by nearly 20 million people since its debut last spring.
He sold a dubbed version in France, peddled remake rights in Japan and made a sequel, "Prom Queen: Summer Heat." The series, which came with commercials, even turned a profit along the way, a spokesman said.
Now, Mr. Eisner's second series, "The All-For-Nots," a comedy that documents the travails of a fictional indie rock band, will make its debut next week on the Internet, mobile devices and the HDNet cable network.
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Read about Eisner's upcoming appearance to promote the "All-For-Nots" at Austin's South By Southwest (SXSW) festival later this month.
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Read about how Eisner recently gave $1.75 million to Denison University to honor his favorite professor.