John Textor Makes Fantasy a Reality

John Textor is Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a name that has some deep Hollywood connections. With the likes of big budget CGI productions such as Transformers, Ender’s Game, and Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s not yet a household name. However, their work certainly is. Textor was named chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Media Group in 2006. During that time, over 80 films boasting extensive visual effects were produced. Some of the titles included Some of these included Real Steel, Tron: Legacy, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Textor and company received an Academy Award for best make-up for 2009’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, despite the character being almost entirely virtual.

Textor and the Digital Domain group have more recently drawn the admiration of Tupac Shakur fans when they brought the late rapper back to virtual life for a duet with Snoop Dogg at the Coachella music festival in 2012.The Shakur concert created the foundation for an appearance by Michael Jackson, the late “King of Pop.”

Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” was a complex project, boasting a guided background, dozens of live dancers, and recorded with and incredible 8k resolution. With the finalized product, it appeared that the singer had been resurrected for the Las Vegas MGM Grand audience. It was noted that those who knew the late artist best were moved to tears due to the realism of the illusion.

Other artists being considered for the possibility of “live” holographic appearances include “The King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself, Frank Sinatra. Since the Tupac / Snoop Dogg appearance, the possibility of a full-length concert has been in the minds of fans of a number of popular, but deceased musical stars.

Following his groundbreaking work with Digital Domain, Textor is also bringing his leadership expertise to the animated feature film Art Story, serving as producer, along with Chuck Williams and Aaron Blaise of Disney Films. Through Kickstarter, the crowdfunded campaign drew a record-setting $365,000 in only 45 days.

In the past, Textor served as CEO of Sims Snowboards. Before that, he was CEO of BabyUniverse and Director at VirtualBank. With his groundbreaking innovations in the cut-throat Florida skateboard scene, he won numerous events, leading him to his position with Sims. John Textor earned a B.A. degree in Economics at Wesleyan University of Middletown CT.

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