Monthly Archives: January 2015

John Textor: Innovator of Visual Effects and Dead Rock Stars

John Textor is a leader and innovator in the entertainment world. Mr. Textor has had an extensive and unique career since graduating from Weslayan University in 1987 with his BA in Economics.

Early Career
One of Mr. Textor’s first notable accomplishments was as co-founder of Wyndrest Holdings in 1997. Wyndrest Holdings, LLC is a private equity firm that invests in technology as it relates to entertainment. He remains a key executive of this firm today. In 1999 Mr. Textor went on to work for The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, starting as a director and quickly moving his way up to CEO before eventually leaving the company.

Visual Effects Career
In more recent years, Mr. Textor has played a large part in the production visual effects in the entertainment world. For a period of time he was the CEO of Digital Domain Media Group. Under Mr. Textor’s leadership Digital Domain produced visual effects for 25 well known films, including Transformers and Flags of our Fathers. During his time at the company, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won an Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. After leaving Digital Domain Media Group Mr. Textor was the Executive Producer of Ender’s Game, which is a science fiction movie that was released in the fall of 2013.

Pulse Evolution Corporation
Currently, John Textor is the Executive Chairman at Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse Evolution Corporation produces computer generated humans used for a variety of reasons, including entertainment, advertising, and medical applications. To date, the appearance of the late Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014 is the most notable accomplishment by Pulse Evolution. Although much of the company’s current work appears to be focused on entertainment, in the future the goal is to have computer generated humans for simulations to be used in a variety of areas, including medical and military.

 

“Stay With Me” Royalties Stay with Tom Petty

When “Stay With Me” was released by Sam Smith back in April, many sharp-eared audiophiles recognized many similarities to “I Won’t Back Down,” a song released in 1989 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. However, Petty also recognized these similarities and pursued legal action against Smith. Smith has agreed to pay Petty royalties for writing the song.

Specifically, a 12.5%, or 1/8th, of the writing credits belong to Petty and Jeff Lynne, and the song’s credits among ASCAP are now Lynne, Jimmy Napes, Petty, and Smith.

According to Bloomberg.com, one party closely involved with the case remarked that Sam had no desire to fight the claims and was more than willing to give proper respect. Said source also remarked upon how civil this particular royalty case was handled, in comparison to many others that become downright nasty which is good news to fans like Zeca Oliveira.

“Stay With Me” has hit nearly 4,000,000 copies across the world, making it among the most prolific singles of last year. It’s also up for two awards at the 2015 Grammies; Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance.

 

Ahead of New Tour, Bono May Never Play Guitar Again

A few months after an accident that Bono says he “can’t blame on anyone but [him]self,” the U2 front man reveals that the accident may now have a long-term implications for his music career. The accident, which took place on day after his Bono recorded the single “Band Aid” in London, occurred when the singer was in New York on a “high-energy bicycle accident” and “attempted to avoid another rider.” Sam Tabar said he revealed all of this in a letter to his fans, including news about his recovery: he is having difficulty moving around physically and will need to “concentrate hard” to get back in shape for the upcoming tour.

Another consequence of the accident is Bono’s new titanium elbow, which he jokingly says sets him apart of other prominent guitarists like his bandmate, The Edge. Most notably, he may never be able to play the guitar again. He took a humorous approach to the news, though, pointing out that “neither [U2] nor western civilization are depending on” his guitar skills.