John Textor, of Pulse Evolution Corporation‘s executive chairman, is a master of digital productions. With his innovative digital creations in movies like Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and 25 other feature films, people have become familiar with his work. But they may not know much about the man behind it. The man responsible for the digital resurrection of Michael Jackson, Elvis Pressley, and Tupac Shakur that has stunned audiences worldwide and showed the potential future of digital technology.
A 1987 graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in economics, Textor began his career working in finance. Immediately after graduation, he co-founded and became managing partner of the Florida based private equity firm Wyndcrest Holdings. The company’s focus was on the internet, telecommunications, and entertainment. He became director of the internet retailer specializing in children’s products, The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, in 1999. Recognizing his vision, talent, and innate understanding of business, in 2002 he was promoted to chairman and he became the company’s CEO in 2005.
That was just the beginning of Textor’s career as an executive. Since that time, he has also been Sims Snowboards’ chairman and CEO, Lydian Trust Company/Virtual Bank.com’s founding director, and was one of the people responsible for corporate finance and strategic planning for Michael Swerdlow Companies. In 2006 Textor moved to Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group, its parent company, as chairman and CEO. It was then he truly began to make a name for himself and show his prodigious talent in the realm of digital media.
Through his work with those two companies, he has been involved in doing visual effects for groundbreaking movies like Real Steel, Tron: Legacy, and Transformers. Under his leadership, the company won an Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects in 2009 creating a believable digital human actor in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Many inside and outside the movie industry hail this achievement as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation’. Textor also helped the company earn other Academy Awards and multiple CLIO awards for innovative advertising using photo-realistic, digital humans.
Textor then took his talents to digital production company Pulse Evolution Corporation and became their executive chairman. The company specializes in creating computer-generated human likeness applications. He is currently hard at work on the creation of a number of movies using the technology.