John Textor is the Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1987 from Wesleyan University. In 1997, he became Managing Partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private equity firm with a focus on telecommunication, entertainment, and Internet. He later became director of BabyUniverse and The Parent Company. He eventually worked his way up to Chairman, and subsequently CEO in 2005.
From 2006 to 2012, Textor was Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group, leading the acquisition and restructuring that elevated them to the top of their industry. Under John Textor’s leadership, Digital Domain and its parent company were responsible for the visual effects of 25 large scale feature films including 2012, Real Steel, Thor, Transformers, and many more. They won multiple Academy Awards, Clio advertising awards, and was recognized as the first visual effects company to deliver a believable digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The character was so believable it won an Academy Award for Best Make-up even though the character was entirely digital.
After leaving Digital Domain in 2012, Textor joined Pulse Evolution, a digital company focused on specialized, high-impact applications of visual effects and computer-generated imagery in Holographic Virtual performances and Live Concerts, Family-focused Animation Feature Films, Live-action Feature Films and Education. He is also a Producer working on Art Story, a Disney animated feature film currently being developed, and was also Producer and Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, a science fiction fantasy film that was scheduled for global release in November 2013.
Other highlights of John Textor’s career include an introduction of a digital Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012, where he brought the deceased rap artist back to life using a high-tech version of an old magician’s trick called “pepper ghost.” He also has produced virtual concerts with other celebrities including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and a performance by Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards entitled “Slave to the Rhythm.”
John Textor also created a dual-enrollment Bachelor’s program at Florida State University, completed a $100 million joint venture agreement with the sovereign media authority of Abu Dhabi, and transformed Digital Domain into a film production company.