A Wesleyan University graduate, John Textor is currently operating as Executive Chairman at Pulse Evolution Corporation. This corporation is highly successful and known the world over for its efforts in producing computer-generated human likenesses. The application of this high-tech digital technology is being used in the entertainment industry, for education in life sciences and in telecommunication.
Leading the field in creating computer-generated human-like reproductions, John Textor has been involved in recreating reproductions of the late Tupac Shakur for the Coachella Valley Music Festival in 2012, as well as that of the late Michael Jackson for the live Billboard Music Awards in 2014. Mr. Textor’s virtual Michael Jackson performance was viewed by more than 500 million people worldwide, and its success has placed Pulse Evolution at the top of the developing industry of virtual performances.
While holding the position of Chairman and CEO of both Digital Domain Productions and Digital Domain Media Group, its parent company, Mr. Textor was the clear leader in restructuring the businesses. During his leadership of these organizations between May 2006 and August 2012, Mr. Textor was responsible for creating the visual effects of 25 feature films, including Transformers, Tron:Legacy, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End. Under Mr. Textor’s direction, Digital Domain won several Academy Awards and CLIO awards for its stunning visual effects. Dubbed as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation’, Mr. Textor’s work on creating the first authentic likeness of a digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won an Academy Award for visual effects in 2009, along with another for best make-up, even though the character was completely digital.
Mr. Textor’s most recent ventures include being a Producer of the animated feature film Art Story, which is being developed by Aaron Blaise, an experienced Disney filmmaker, as well as being Producer and Executive Producer of the 2013 science fiction film Ender’s Game. He has also created for Florida State University, an original dual-enrollment Bachelor’s program.