John Textor, Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation is known for such movies as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and Transformers. So, although you’ve probably heard his name, you may not know much about the man himself.
Before the Fame
In 1987 John Textor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Wesleyan University. Ten years after graduation (in 1996) he became the co-founder of Managing Partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, which is a private equity firm in Florida. He then went on to become the CEO of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse (an online children’s retailer) in 2005. This experience has served him well over the years, although it’s not what he’s famous for today.
The Fame Itself
In 2006 John Textor became CEO of the Digital Domain Media Group. This is the company who’s done visual effects for over 80 large-scale feature films, 25 of which were under his leadership. These films include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Real Steel, Transformers, and Tron: Legacy. His company even received an Academy Award for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a movie that also received the Achievement in Visual Effects award in 2009. While successful at the Digital Domain Media Group, he eventually moved on to become Pulse Evolution Corporation’s executive chairman.
The Man Behind the Virtual Michael Jackson
John Textor is also a successful producer. He worked on Ender’s Game and Art Story, but what he’s best known for here is producing virtual reality versions of Michael Jackson for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival 2012, as well as Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe. Under his leadership as the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation (PLFX) the company created these holographic images. The company itself is the leading developer of hyper-realistic humans. They use these in holographic live performances, artificial intelligence, as well as both virtual and augmented reality.
Textor himself is widely regarded as the pioneer of this new industry, which is known as holographic entertainment. This new industry has secured him pop culture status. In fact, he South Park television show parodied Textor and his partner, Frank Patterson (CEO of Pulse Evolution Corporation ), on their hologram episodes. Together they’ve also come to be known as the conjurers of Michael Jackson’s ghost.