John Textor is a leader in the creation of photo-realistic digital humans. His contribution in the field has led to the creation of this kind of visual effects in a number of feature films. He joined Digital Domain Media Group in 2006. It is through the company that John made his initial contribution to the development of visual effects. During his tenure as the CEO and Chairman of Digital Domain Media Group, which is the parent company of Digital Domain Productions, the company received many awards and accolades.
The company became recognized as the first to ever create a believable digital human actor. This is after shocking the world by creating the actor in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. So believable was the character that the academy awards gave the movie an Oscar for best make-up. This effect is referred to as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation.’ It also earned the company an Oscar in the visual effects category.
Digital Domain has produced visual effects for more than 80 films. 25 of those were made during John’s tenure. They include Real Steel, Flags of our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End, Tron:Legacy and Transformers. Other major achievements during John’s tenure include the transformation of the company into a film production company and the joint venture agreement between Digital Domain and Sovereign Media Authority worth $100 million.
John graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1987. In 1997, he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings, and became the company’s Managing Partner. Based in Florida, the company focused on internet, telecommunication and entertainment. John became director of BabyUniverse in 1999. In 2002, he became the chairman and later the CEO in 2005. He has also been involved in other company’s including Lydian Trust Company, Sims Snowboards and Lydian Trust Company.
Currently, John Texter is the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. The company is a leader in the development of digital humans for virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and holographic live performances. Some of the company’s projects include the digital resurrection of Tupac Shakur during the Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012 and the digital resurrection of Michael Jackson in 2014. The latter garnered over 35 million views on YouTube. As a film producer, John has been involved in the film Ender’s Game and Art Story.