From Superstar Michael Jackson to Visual Effects Company Digital Domain, John Textor’s Reanimation Abilities Run Deep

On May 18, 2014, thousands of screaming fans packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena to see a performance by a man no one ever thought would be seen performing ever again. Thanks to hardworking animation genius John Textor, king of pop music Michael Jackson was brought back to life in hologram form and gave an incredibly believable performance of “Slave to the Rhythym”. This is only one of John’s many animation accomplishments, including creating a holographic form of late rapper Tupac and leading the company Digital Domain to animate an entire human being for use in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a landmark achievement in the field of animation. The company’s work on Benjamin Button even went on to earn the company an Academy Award in 2009 for Achievement in Visual Effects.

A gifted leader and businessman, John graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a Bachelors in Arts in economics. Since that time, he found success in leadership and foundation of many companies such as Sims Snowboards, BabyUniverse, and Wyndcrest Holdings, a Florida-based holding company that focuses on technology-related opportunities in telecommunications, entertainment and the Internet.. Despite his success in these varied and demanding positions, John did not find his home in animation until he assumed leadership of hugely successful visual effects and digital production company Digital Domain. After his resignation from Digital Domain in 2012, John moved on to do some hugely impressive work for Pulse Evolution Corporation, another digital production company.

John currently lives in West Palm Beach where he works as the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution. He contributes to the field of animation by helping to create life-size and photo realistic digital humans, similar to his work creating the hologram of Michael Jackson as well as Elvis Presley. He is also currently helping to produce Art Story, an animated film created by filmmaker Aaron Blaise. During his time as the Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, he did extensive animation work for over 25 blockbuster films such as Tron, Transformers, and Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End. When he acquired Digital Domain in 2006 he had a vision of restructuring the company, and in 2012 the company had achieved an NYSE valuation of $450 million. John also served as a producer and executive producer for the movie Ender’s Game released in 2013, which went on to gross over $125 million.

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