Joel transitioned out of leadership at the Virtual Reality Company (VRC) and founded a new venture, The Congregation. His sense of a significant market need for production capital, as well as desire to return to artist management, fueled the move.
Newton graduated from USC School of Cinema's prestigious Production program. In 2004 he co-founded a literary-focused artist management and production company. In 2011 he co-founded a traditional film/TV production company with several award winning artists and in 2014 he co-founded The Virtual Reality Company (VRC). As President of VRC, Newton Executive Produced The Martian VR Experience alongside fellow EP Ridley Scott and began development with VRC Advisor Steven Spielberg on an original VR concept.
The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) was founded in 2014 by a collection of Hollywood executives and artists to create premium virtual reality content. Current projects and verticals range from sports documentaries, music venues in Los Angeles and Beijing, mobile VR headsets, major label music artist experiences, and narratives from directors like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Stromberg. The company is also creating VR content and installations for major museums and using the power of virtual reality for medical applications.