John Textor, Chairman of the Board, is responsible for special projects, rights acquisition, strategic and venue partnerships as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with major media companies for Pulse Evolution Corporation. Textor is presently active in developing entertainment properties across a wide range of settings and technology programs.
In addition to his board position, John is also currently serving as producer of “Art Story,” an original animated feature film being developed by veteran Disney filmmaker Aaron Blaise. He also served as both producer and executive producer of “Ender’s Game,” a science-fiction fantasy film that was based off the book of the same name, written by Orson Scott Card and released in November 2013.
Previously Textor served as both COE and Chairman of the Board at Digital Domain Productions as well as CEO and Chairman of Digital Domain’s parent company, Digital Domain Media Group, of which he led the acquisition and restructuring of from 2006 to 2012. Together the two companies John led were responsible for visual effects in over 80 large-scale feature films, of which 25 were completed during John’s tenure. A few of the films include: Flags of our Fathers; Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End; Real Steel; Transformers; and Tron:Legacy.
During Textor’s time at Digital Domain the company was re-established as a industry leader in visual effects and won multiple CLIO advertising and Academy Awards. Additionally, during John’s tenure, the company was recognized for being the first visual-effects firm to produce a believable digital human actor in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This accomplishment, referred to as the “Holy Grail of Animation,” earned Textor’s company an Academy Award for Achievement in “Visual Effects.” The performance of the digital actor was so lifelike and convincing to audiences, as well as Academy voters, the film also received an Academy Award for “Best Make-up,” even though the character was entirely digital.
Before joining Digital Domain Productions, Textor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Wesleyan University, private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1987. Ten years later, in 1997, John co-founded and became managing partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private-equity firm based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with an emphasis on entertainment, telecommunication and the internet. He became director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, a children’s-product internet retailer, in 1999. John went on to become chairman in 2002 and CEO in 2005.