Meet John Textor

You may not recognize the name, but John Textor has played a big part in your entertainment for quite some time. As you marveled at Brad Pitt’s reverse aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you were seeing his work. As you watched each piston and wheel bend, grind and twist to form a new creature in Transformers, you were watching the results of Textor’s guidance. And when you watched in awe as the King of Pop performed at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and gasped at Tupac’s 2012 Coachella performance, you saw projects spearheaded by John Textor.

Textor has been challenging the boundaries of the visual medium and its technology for over two decades now. He graduated from Wesleyan University in the late 1980s with a B.A. in Economics. His first major venture into the world of entertainment was Wyndcrest Holdings. Founded in 1997, this Florida-based private equity firm focused on telecommunications, Internet and entertainment ventures. Two years later, Textor was named a director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse. He would eventually become chairman and CEO of both entities. He held those same titles at Sims Snowboards. He has also played prominent roles at Michael Swerdlow Companies and Lydian Trust Company/Virtual Bank.com.

In 2006, Textor was named chairman and CEO of Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group which would eventually become Digital Domain Media Group. His time there saw production on more than six dozen big budget films, with Textor directly involved in over 25 of those. Benjamin Button became the Oscar winner for Achievement in Visual Effects in 2009.

Textor’s film work led to the founding of Pulse Evolution Corporation. He was particularly curious about how far to take computer generated human applications. The result has been striking digital performances from Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and, more famously, Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson.

Currently, Textor’s busy plate includes more exploration of the digital medium, as well as development of properties that cross a vast spectrum of technology platforms. He continues to seek new venues for realistic digital characters and returns to his producing roots with Art Story, a feature helmed by Aaron Blaise, a veteran from Disney. Textor is also managing an innovative dual enrollment Florida State University Bachelor’s program, as well as a $100 million joint venture agreement with the sovereign media voice in Abu Dhabi.


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