Disney’s Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer is leaving to take the CEO position at Tik Tok. This comes after he wasn’t chosen for the position of CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Mayer was in the running for the position along with Bob Chapek.
Here’s the problem, he was Disney’s Head of Streaming and a key player in Disney+, which Disney is banking on pulling them through the shutdowns across the globe. He will now be leading ByteDance as of June 1st.
While at Disney Mayer was considered one of the top “deal makers” involved in acquisitions of Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, 21st Century Fox and he led the acquisition of BAMTech, the company that makes the streaming technology that Disney uses for Disney+.
Disney has announced that 23 year Disney employee, Rebecca Campbell, President of Disneyland, will move into Mayer’s position as Chairman Of Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer And International.
Bob Chapek had this to say about her:
“As we look to grow our direct-to-consumer business and continue to expand into new markets, I can think of no one better suited to lead this effort than Rebecca. She is an exceptionally talented and dedicated leader with a wealth of experience in media, operations and international businesses. She played a critical role in the launch of Disney+ globally while overseeing the EMEA region, and her strong business acumen and creative vision will be invaluable in taking our successful and well-established streaming services into the future.”
Rebecca Campbell offered these words for the Disney Press Release:
“Having been a part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International leadership team, I know what a stellar group it is, and I’m honored to be able to lead the organization during this dynamic and exciting time. Armed with the best creative content engines and technology teams in the industry, I am extremely confident in our ability to continue growing the business around the globe.”
Today has been a busy day for Disney. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.