Kevin Mayer is Co-CEO and founder of Candle Media, a next generation media company, home
to category-defining brands including Hello Sunshine, Moonbug Entertainment, Faraway Road
Productions and Westbrook Media. Mr. Mayer is also co-founder and managing director of
Smash Capital, serves as Chairman of DAZN Group, a major global sports media company, and
is on the Board of the Forest Road Company.
Prior to founding Candle and Smash Capital, Mr. Mayer served as CEO of TikTok and COO of
its parent company, ByteDance.
Mr. Mayer is a former long-serving top executive at The Walt Disney Company where as Chief
Strategy Officer he oversaw strategy and new business development as well mergers and
acquisitions for the company, including the purchases of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm/Star Wars,
Bamtech, 21st Century Fox, and others. Mr. Mayer subsequently served as Chairman for its
Direct-to-Consumer and International segment which included developing and launching global
streaming platforms Disney+ and ESPN+, overseeing Hulu, managing global advertising,
content, and channel sales and distribution, and running international media and studio
Mr. Mayer is also an advisory board member at Salesforce. He is on the board of Tinuiti, a
private performance marketing agency as well as Beachbody, a leading online/connected
Mr. Mayer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a Master of
Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master of Business
Administration from Harvard University.