It’s been an eventful past few months for entertainment executive Kevin Mayer. After leaving a more than two-decade stint at Walt Disney Co. to become TikTok’s CEO in June — and then resigning that post two months later, amid the app’s ongoing battle with President Donald Trump — he has now landed a senior adviser role at Warner Music Group majority owner Access Industries.
In his new role, Mayer will focus on strategic media assets at Access — an industrial group that also has investments in sports streaming service DAZN and music streamer Deezer — and identify new opportunities across media, entertainment and telecommunications sectors, according to a press release. That will include everything from wireless communications to streaming media and entertainment licensing ventures, likely involving Warner Music.
“Kevin has an unrivaled depth of experience building successful global media and entertainment enterprises,” Access Industries founder Len Blavatnik said in a statement. “He will bring invaluable knowledge and insight across a range of Access’s investment areas.”
As Disney’s former chief strategy officer, Mayer helped spearhead the company’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and most of 21st Century Fox, and shepherded the development of its Disney+ streaming service last year, garnering nearly 55 million subscribers in its first six months.
Although his contract with Disney ran through the end of 2022, Mayer left the entertainment giant to join TikTok in May, shortly after being snubbed as a successor to longtime Disney CEO Bob Iger. He took over at TikTok on June 1 as the ByteDance-owned platform’s first-ever U.S.-based CEO.
But after Trump threatened to ban TikTok unless ByteDance sold the its U.S. operations to a U.S. owner, citing national security risks, Mayer resigned — writing in a letter to employees that his decision came after the “political environment has sharply changed.”
Outside of Disney, where he has spent most of his career, Mayer also served brief stints as the CEO of Playboy.com and Clear Channel Interactive in the early 2000s.
“I look forward to helping Access build on the success of its leading media and entertainment businesses as a key component of my future endeavors,” Mayer said. “Len has created a company with a variety of impressive assets well positioned to move forward strongly in the years ahead.”