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.