John Textor: The Film and Visual Media Maestro


John Textor contribution in the entertainment industry is gearing up the film and visual media production to another level. The new industry of Holographic Entertainment pioneered by Textor has impressed many people worldwide. The Holographic Entertainment handled the appearance of two music icons Virtual Tupac Shakur at a music festival and Virtual Michael Jackson at the Billboard Awards in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The massive internet reactions and YouTube views are the evidence of the success story of the Hologram.

Despite the whole flashy success story, John Textor started from a humble background to build up his career until becoming the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. Textor attended the Wesleyan University where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1987. In 19997, he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings where he served as the Managing Partner. The Wyndrest Holdings focuses on the Internet, entertainment, and telecommunications. Textor later became the director of the Parent Company and BabyUniverse which centers on online retailing of children products in 1999. Textor rose gradually in ranks as he became the chairperson in 2002 and later the chief executive officer in 2005. Additionally, Textor was the Chairman and CEO of Sims Snowboard as well as the founding director of Lydian Trust Company.

John Textor also has a numerous contribution in the media sector. He was the chairman and CEO of Digital Domain in 2006.Textor success story is evident in the Digital Domain and its parent company Digital Domain Media Group as 25 large-scale feature films by the companies were under Textor leadership. Textor also has a significant contribution in the movie industry. He has produced some films such as Transformers, Tron: Legacy, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End as well as Real Steel. During his stay at the Digital Domain, Textor led the company in winning an Academy Award. After his fruitful spell at the Digital Domain, Textor moved on to be the executive chairperson of Pulse Evolution Corporation.

The Pulse Evolution Corporation is a digital production company that uses computer applications to generate human likeness. The recent production of the Pulse under Textor include the visual versions of celebrities Elvis Presley, Marlyn Monroe, and Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival as well as Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Awards. The visual versions made the memories of the celebrities alive again among their fans hence prompting a rampant internet reaction as evident through the YouTube views. In the Billboard Awards, the people witnessed a Michael Jackson-like performance, with winking moonwalking and dancing illusions. From the performance, it is evident that Textor has elevated the entertainment scene to another level.

The contribution of John Textor to the film and visual media industry is evident and vital. He is a living icon of the industry.