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Uh-oh, here comes the boss!

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Nov 07, 2001 | 9:27am EST

Disney Chairman Michael Eisner has been taking an increasingly active role in the operations of the company's motion picture division since the departure of studio chairman Peter Schneider last June, attending story meetings and commenting even on some of the coarse language in dialogue, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

"I want to understand why comedies have to be gross," Eisner told the newspaper. "I don't get why comedies have to go that extra inch." The company chairman's new hands-on activism has apparently not upset other top studio execs, the Journal indicated.

Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group President Nina Jacobson was quoted as saying: "I went into the arrangement with some anxiety because I didn't know how Michael's input would affect my business. ...But creatively, it's actually been a surprisingly good ride so far."

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