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DAZN Taps Kevin Mayer, Former Disney and TikTok Exec, as Chairman of Sports Streamer

DAZN Taps Kevin Mayer, Former Disney and TikTok Exec, as Chairman of Sports Streamer

3/3/2021 5:35:00 PM

DAZN Taps Kevin Mayer, Former Disney and TikTok Exec, as Chairman of Sports Streamer

Kevin Mayer, previously one of Disney’s top executives and ex-CEO of TikTok, was named chairman of DAZN, a global sports-streaming service, the company announced. Mayer, who worked at the Wal…

last fall. Access owns a majority stake in DAZN, as well as in media companies including Warner Music Group and Deezer.“As chairman, I’m looking forward to partnering with the management team and my fellow directors to help DAZN build on its impressive track record of success in developing a truly global sports platform,” Mayer said in a statement. He said that since starting at Access Industries last year, “I’ve been impressed with DAZN’s ambitions and ability to quickly grow from a new entrant to an important player in key markets throughout the world. I look forward to guiding DAZN’s strategic development into its next chapter.”

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Skipper will remain on the DAZN Group board and also serve as a strategic adviser. In addition, DAZN said it intends to invest in and collaborate with Meadowlark on original programming projects. In a statement provided by DAZN, Skipper said, “It’s the ideal moment to transition the company into its next phase of growth. Having worked closely with Kevin at the Walt Disney Company for more than two decades, I can’t think of a better person to lead the DAZN Group board of directors.”

News of Mayer’s new role at DAZN comes afterthe company in January named Shay Segev and James Rushton co-CEOs. Rushton had served as acting CEO since June 2020, while Segev previously was CEO of Entain, a sports betting and gaming company whose brands include Coral, Eurobet and Ladbrokes. headtopics.com

“As the world of sports and media continues to transform, DAZN Group remains a key holding within the Access portfolio,” Blavatnik said in a statement. “A seamless transition from John to Kevin and the recent move to deepen the executive team’s expertise with co-CEOs James Rushton and Shay Segev will accelerate the company’s momentum.”

Based in the U.K., DAZN first launched as a streaming service in 2016 and currently says it has about 9 million subscribers. From live matches to original programming, DAZN has partnered with the sports organizations and leagues worldwide on streaming rights for MMA, boxing, soccer and other sports. The company

expanded to more than 200 territories in December 2020.At Disney, Mayer most recently was chairman of the media conglomerate’s direct-to-consumer and international division, including Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus and Hotstar; its international media and studio operations; global ad sales; and global content and channel sales. Before that, as Disney’s chief strategy officer, Mayer helped engineer the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and most of 21st Century Fox’s assets.

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Still think Dazn is one of the worst product names out there. He fell off because of such a bad decision to join TikTok. Lol