TikTok & Fox’s Tubi link up for millennial reunion show

Fox-owned AVOD streamer Tubi has linked ups with TikTok on a live ‘reunion special’ trivia show featuring 1990s/00s stars such as Paris Hilton and Marlon Wayans. The hour-long programme will debut on the social media service on 30 June and is being hosted by TikTok creator Brittany Broski. It will bring together “fan favourite” stars […]

Sports streamer DAZN names Disney & TikTok alum Kevin Mayer as chairman

Former Disney+ chief Kevin Mayer has been appointed as chairman of the board of directors at sports streamer DAZN. Mayer was a driving force behind the launch of Disney+ as the company’s chair of DTC and international, and previously led the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox as chief strategy officer. He […]

TikTok moves onto TV following Samsung deal in Europe

Social media giant TikTok is launching its own TV service across Europe after striking a deal with electronic giant Samsung. The partnership will see TikTok’s most-liked and most-viewed content become available via a pre-installed app, which is exclusive to Samsung’s most recent TV sets and will provide a TV-esque viewing experience for the social media service. Content, […]

Ex-Disney & TikTok chief Kevin Mayer emerges at Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries

Former Disney and TikTok chief Kevin Mayer has joined Access Industries, the entertainment investment firm founded by Len Blavatnik. Mayer rose through the ranks at Disney over a 15 year period to emerge as its DTC chairman and oversaw the launch of Disney+ in November 2019. He left shortly after in May of this year after he […]

TBI In Conversation: TikTok’s European chief on brands, formats & drama

TikTok has exploded into the public consciousness like few – if any other – video-led service before it. UK & Europe chief Rich Waterworth tells Richard Middleton how he sees the future panning out. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already downloaded TikTok onto your phone. And if you’ve not, you probably should. Few […]

DAZN partners with TikTok to launch football content portal in Germany

Sports streamer DAZN has unveiled a partnership with shortform mobile platform TikTok to create a new football hub on the app in Germany. The portal will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes football coverage, including live streams, challenges, tutorials and videos from football stars like Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies. It will also provide access to football-themed […]

Microsoft out of TikTok running as ByteDance rejects offer

Microsoft has ended its pursuit of TikTok’s US business after Chinese parent company ByteDance rejected its bid. ByteDance is facing a race against time to find a new home for its social media network’s US operations following a promised ban from president Trump. The administration has ordered ByteDance to “divest its ownership” amid concerns over […]

Walmart joins Microsoft’s TikTok bid, as retail giant eyes Amazon competition

US-based Walmart is partnering with Microsoft on a bid for TikTok’s American operations, as the retail giant explores ways to compete with Amazon. “We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers […]

Disney alum Kevin Mayer exits TikTok after three months in role

Kevin Mayer, Disney’s former head of direct-to-consumer and international, has left his new role as CEO at TikTok just three months into the job. Mayer joined the video app firm in May, becoming COO of Chinese parent ByteDance at the same time. However, the Mouse House veteran said he would be stepping down following President […]