VFX film projects completed under Textor's leadership as co- Chairman and CEO of
Digital Domain ( 2006-2012 )
Mr. Textor’s belief in the importance of high-quality computer generated visual content ultimately led him to become the largest shareholder and co-chairman of Digital Domain, along with his college housemate and co-chairman, film director Michael Bay.
Mr. Textor served in leadership at Digital Domain from 2006 to 2012, having led its acquisition and restructuring from May 2006, through a NYSE valuation of $450 million in Spring 2012, until his resignation in August 2012. Digital Domain was responsible for the visual effects of more than 80 large scale feature films, 25 of which were completed during Mr. Textor’s tenure, including such films as Transformers, Flags of our Fathers, Tron:Legacy, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End.
During Mr. Textor’s leadership, Digital Domain experienced a doubling of its revenues in just three years, was re-established as a market leader in visual effects, winning multiple Academy Awards, CLIO advertising awards and, importantly, being recognized as the first visual effects company to deliver a believable digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This achievement, known as the ‘Holy Grail of Animation’, earned the company a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects.
Other highlights during Mr. Textor’s time at Digital Domain included the invention of the Holographic Virtual Performance Industry, with the break-through introduction of digital Tupac Shakur at Coachella, also the consummation of a joint venture for the digital resurrection of Elvis Presley, the creation of a first of its kind, dual-enrollment Bachelor’s program with Florida State University, completion of a $100 million joint venture agreement with the sovereign media authority of Abu Dhabi and the transformation of Digital Domain into a film production company with the co-production of Ender’s Game.