John Textor is the Executive Chairman of the Pulse Evolution Corporation, an innovative pioneer of realistic digital humans for holographic live performances, virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
Textor is cited as the driving force behind the new industry of Holographic entertainment, which is responsible for the 2012 appearance of a virtual depiction of rap artist Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, as well as the 2014 performance of Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. As the holograms secured pop culture status, Textor and his partner were parodied on the hit television show South Park.
The company also acquired the rights to Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. The day to day focus is on putting its digital human celebrities to work through daily live performances, mobile applications, and virtual reality experiences. Textor hopes to reach tablets, phones, and smart glasses in addition to theaters and television.
These digital celebrities are built to be distributive and accessible across all entertainment platforms in the quickly evolving world of digitally distributed content. The belief is that digital humans will drive relevant, and lucrative uses in surgical military simulation, as well as education and artificial intelligence.
Textor also has some history in the film industry. Textor was the chairman and CEO of Digital Domain, having led its acquisition and restructuring from May 2006 through 2012. Some of the films Textor influenced include Transformers, Real Steel, and Pirates of the Caribbean; At World’s End. Another picture that Textor influenced; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received many prestigious awards, including an Academy Award.
Textor was also the Managing Principal of the Wyndcrest Holdings LLC. Textor founded the company in 1997. Textor holds multiple positions of leadership in the company, and also contributes to the development of entertainment properties across a broad spectrum of different venues and technology platforms. Wyndcrest was known for its role as an early lead investor, as well as a pioneer for internet personalization technology. Textor was also a founding director and the largest shareholder of an internet banking startup company that became a multi billion dollar financial company.