UPDATE (JULY 22, 2014): Today we briefly interviewed John Textor, who was concerned about some of the characterizations in the original piece. Cartoon Brew expresses regret about any inadvertent inaccuracies in the story. The piece below has been updated to accurately reflect the facts in Florida State’s legal actions against Digital Domain. Textor has also agreed to be interviewed by Cartoon Brew at a later date about his role at Digital Domain.
The actions of Digital Domain, led by disgraced former CEO John Textor, will become the subject of a lawsuit by the state of Florida. Textor, as you may recall from our coverage a few years back, was the ringleader of a fiasco that ruined hundreds of lives, used $130 million dollars of Florida taxpayer funds, and tried to force animation students into questionable labor arrangements.
Florida governor Rick Scott, has appointed outside legal counsel led by litigator Bill Scherer to investigate why their state gave Digital Domain more than a hundred million dollars in public funds. For that amount, Textor had promised to open up a school called the Digital Domain Institute, and to create a new film studio, Tradition, to produce high-end animated films.