John Textor was previously Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Productions and Chairman and CEO of it’s parent company Digital Domain Media Group. The companies are responsible for visual effects in movies, more than 80 large scale films. Such films were Transformers, Tron: Legacy and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few. Textor and his team were able to rebuild the reputation of the studio and expand its profits. The companies under Textors leadership was recognized as the first visual effects company to deliver a believable digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. While Textor was still involved with the company they created the digital Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012 and the digital Elvis Presley. I personally was there at the festival and the crowd was stunned. Everyone went wild and I was truly impressed. It was like nothing I had ever seen. He has pointed out that this type of performance is complex to pull off and very labor intensive. He was quoted on his blog by saying “If we’re going to bring a Michael or an Elvis back into this form of stage entertainment, it must be story-based. You can’t have Elvis sitting on a stool singing 20 songs. That won’t work.”
Textor grew up in east Florida and became a competitive skater in Florida’s skateboard scene. Textor in his early executive years was the Chairman and CEO of Sims Snowboards. He pursued an undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in 1987 and received a Bachelor’s of the Arts degree. In his early years he became director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, an internet retailer of children’s products.
John Textor currently lives in Florida and is Managing Principal of Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC. He continues to be active in the entertainment technology and space technology fields. Wyndcrest is a successful investment firm that turned $40 million into $700 million. He is also the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. The company is known as the leader and pioneering group of creating realistic digital holographs for live performances. They are able to create realistic humans that will be able to communicate through technology. He has earned the respect of many individuals whether in the entertainment industry or not, due to his amazing attention to detail when it comes to special effects.