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Taste Makers

December 24, 1989 | ELAINE DUTKA
In the five years since 47-year-old Michael Eisner was brought in as chairman and CEO to pick up the pieces of a company decimated by a hostile takeover attempt, he's transformed the Walt Disney Co. into a recreation powerhouse more far-reaching than even Walt had envisioned. Though grounded in the classics, Eisner has made his living with his gut . . . said to be one of the most commercial in the business. In the mid-'70s, he led ABC-TV to the top of the prime-time charts and later, as president of Paramount Picture's film division under CEO Barry Diller, presided over the studio's Golden Years.
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