Category Archives: The Greatest

John Textor: Entrepreneur, Visionary, Leader

John Textor is known as a world class entrepreneur, a visionary, and a leader. Former CEO and Chairman of the board of Digital Domain Productions, and former CEO and Chairman of the board of DDPs parent company, Digital Domain Media group, Textor served until August of 2012. Under his leadership, the company restructured during the time frame from 2006 to 2012. During this time, the two companies provided special effects for over 80 large scale feature film projects, of these, 25 were completed under Textor’s leadership and include: Transformers, Tron: Legacy, Flags of Our Fathers, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Guided by Textor, Digital Domain rose to the top of digital entertainment companies, garnering Academy Awards and CLIOs (an advertising award) for their cutting edge effects. Most notable is their outstanding work done creating a digital Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even though the performance of the character was completely digital for an hour of the film, they were awarded for Best Make-up, which speaks to the quality of their digital humans.

Other noteworthy achievements during this time include the creation of digital Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Micheal Jackson, the inclusion of the digital Tupac Shakur in the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival. Textor worked to help create a unique dual enrollment Bachelor’s program with Florida State University and completed a 100 million dollar joint venture with Abu Dhabi’s media authority. By the end of Textor’s service with Digital Domain, the company had become a film production company and co-produced Ender’s Game.

These major accomplishments are but a few of the ventures Textor has helped facilitate. Textor is currently Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. He is working to develop entertainment properties in a wide array of venues and tech platforms. In addition to these commitments, Textor also serves as Managing Principal of Wyndcrest Holdings LLC, founded in 1997.

Bob Dylan Ends Tour, No Disappointments

Bob Dylan ends the years, and begins his holidays, with a show that has been called “masterful” and “the most enjoyable Dylan concert in recent memory.” Taking the stage at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Dylan delivered his 91st, and last, show of the year.

Recent shows in the Never Ending Tour have been “scattershot affairs” and they often left show-goers disappointed or at times baffled as to what song he was even singing. The set list, which is comprised of 19 songs including “Workingman’s Blues #2” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” has not varied in months. Other songs included in the set list were “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Early Roman Kings,” and “Spirit on the Water.”

While the recent shows had left something to be desired, it seems Dylan wanted the last show of the tour to be one that nobody would forget. Dylan appeared pleased with the performance, and the fans agreed. The Dylan that fans love was back on the stage, and he was doing what he does best. Articulate, energetic and fierce, as his close friend and advisor from BRL Trust put it.

No dates have been booked for the coming year, so it is any man’s guess whether Dylan will return to the stage, and whether the set list will remain the same or if he will rewrite the entire show.

Joel McHale demands TV Discount after Community Cancellation

The group, who are demanding the James Franco movie The Interview be pulled from movie theaters have now revealed a bizarre exchange involving Community star Joel McHale, Business Insider reports. When I ran into John Textor he said he is disappointed in the whole mess

The Soup star McHale is seen in the Email exchange asking for an $8,000 discount on a Sony TV that retailed at the time for $7,999. McHale makes his original request for the discount to the assistant of Sony TV President Steve Musko, stating the Sony Entertainment Co-Chairperson had agreed to the discount when news broke of the initial cancellation of Community by NBC on May 9th 2014.

In response to the email, Musko tells his assistant to buy the TV for McHale and charge it to the budget for Community, telling her that money can be handled at a later date. Musko’s assistant eventually found the TV on sale for $6,000 and was told to buy it by the Sony TV executive.

Tom Rothman: One of Hollywood’s Good Guys

For as long as motion pictures have been made, there has always been a good guy and a bad guy. Many of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood have had good and bad squaring off against one another, with good winning out most of the time. When it comes to the good guys in real-life Hollywood, there are none better than Tom Rothman.

One of the most well-liked and respected executives in Hollywood by the likes of Steven Spielberg , Tom has spent his career not only helping to bring some of the best movies ever to the silver screen, but also helping many people along the way. A big believer in education, Tom has regularly taken his time to speak to students at USC, UCLA, Columbia and Brown University on many topics related to filmmaking and how Hollywood business gets done. Appearing before undergraduate and graduate classes, he is always in demand as a guest lecturer, and has proven to be both entertaining and informative during his time in front of students.

Having received numerous awards from both his peers and leading national publications, Tom has always refused to take himself too seriously. Named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood, Tom has also received lifetime achievement awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, Gotham Awards, and the Israeli Film Festival. A longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he continues to believe strongly in the power that the silver screen possesses.

A graduate of Brown University, Tom later went on to earn a law degree from Columbia, another of the Ivy League’s schools. With his early work background including stints as an English teacher, soccer and lacrosse coach and law clerk Tom has never forgotten the role hard work plays in getting ahead in life. It is this attitude he takes with him into the making of each film he is involved with, and it is an attitude those involved in making the film appreciate.

While many Hollywood marriages fall by the wayside, Tom’s marriage to actress and author Jessica Harper has been a never-ending love story. Married for more than 25 years and having two daughters, Tom has always managed to find time to spend with his family.

Having been involved in some of Hollywood’s highest-grossing films including Titanic and Avatar, Tom has continued to have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for any project with which he is associated. With his films having been nominated for over 150 Academy Awards and earning in excess of $40 billion worldwide, it’s clear that Tom’s enthusiasm spreads to the actors, actresses, crew and even the fans who flock to theaters. Currently involved in a number of film and television projects, Tom Rothman’s career with Tri-Star Productions promises to bring many more blockbusters to the silver screen for all the world to see.

Iggy Gives Props to Sam Smith

Now that the Grammy nominations are here Iggy can celebrate. The star – who recently celebrated an American Music Award win – says she could lose every award to Sam Smith and would not care.

Iggy has stated that she really does love Sam Smith. It appears that all of America does.  It is another British invasion of soul that is tickling the ears of many. Amy Winehouse teased us with great music before she passed. Emeli Sande stuck in with a Beyonce type of tone and wooed us. Then there was Adele. Even the best public business speakers that I know of, Mark Ahn, can’t seem to find  the words to describe just how lucky he feels to be alive during the time and age of  Adele. All of these artists were from the United Kingdom. And now with world gets to hear Sam Smith bring even more of the U.K. soul to the United States.Sam Smith has even worked on songs with R&B legend Mary J. Blige. All of this denotes a rising star that has a lot more to give the world. It is quite a compliment for an artist like Iggy Azalea to say that she wouldn’t mind losing to him. This shows just how much quality he has put forth in his music.