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. Sensing a significant market need for production capital, as well as a desire to return to artist management, Newton left VRC in 2017 to launch The Congregation.Joel Newton has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a producer, executive, manager, writer, director, and entrepreneur. He co-founded a management/production company that represented hundreds of Hollywood writers, directors, and actors and also produced two award-winning films. He also co-founded a production company with a 2-time Academy Award winner before they launched The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) in 2014. Newton was a 2016 Praxis fellow as the co-founder of VRC and the company raised over $25m in venture capital to fuel ambitious immersive entertainment projects such as Jurassic World VR, which launched exclusively at Dave & Busters.In 2017, Newton left VRC to launch The Congregation, an entertainment company which cultivates artist careers, entertainment properties, and the capital required to catalyze both. In 2018 The Congregation launched CityLights, an immersive media financing label. The company gained international attention with the purchase of the virtual reality series SPHERES at the Sundance International Film Festival. The company has also announced partnerships with the NFL's MVP Patrick Mahomes and the IMG-produced museum exhibit based on King Tutankhamun.