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Disney+ Boss Departs Company For TikTok

Disney streaming executive behind Disney+ launch will become CEO of TikTok app.


As Disney+ continues to grow, there's a big shift among the top ranks. The executive that helped to launch the service, Kevin Mayer, has found a new job with the social media app TikTok and is leaving his post.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Mayer said, "I am very proud of what our extraordinary talent Direct-to-Consumer and International team has accomplished in creating and delivering a world-class portfolio of streaming services, particularly Disney+."

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Interestingly, it's noted by THR that the move comes three months after Mayer was seemingly passed by for the role of Disney CEO. It was February 25 that former CEO Bob Iger announced he was stepping down from the role, naming Bob Chapek, who led Disney's Parks, Experiences, and Products division, as his replacement. According to THR, Mayer was seen as a likely candidate for the role.

Instead, he will become CEO of TikTok and report to the CEO and founder of ByteDance, the company behind the app, Yiming Zhang. "As one of the world's most accomplished entertainment executives, Kevin is incredibly well placed to take ByteDance's portfolio of products to the next level. I look forward to working very closely with Kevin on our global development and the next chapter of the ByteDance story," Yiming said in a statement.

Replacing Mayer at Disney is Rebecca Campbell, who will step into the role of chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and International. Her most recent role with the company was as president of the Disneyland Resort.

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