DEON TAYLOR |
Deon Taylor is an unabashed creative force in the world of film and television. In Hollywood, roles vary and job functions are often blurred and blended and few in Hollywood exhibit the capacity and skill set necessary to bridge all functions and roles successfully – Deon is one of the few who does through his production Company Hidden Empire Film Group.
A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Taylor forges his own path, bringing fresh, original content with a unique voice behind it to audiences. Taylor recently wrote, directed and produced the thriller The Intruder starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good. The film was acquired by Sony’s Screen Gems and released May 3, 2019. He also produced, with Jamie Foxx, the comedy feature All-Star Weekend, starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr, which Jamie Foxx directed. This past fall, Taylor produced, wrote and directed the taut thriller Fatale starring two- time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank with Michael Ealy and Mike Colter. The film is presently in post-production. Taylor’s next directorial feature, Black & Blue, starring Academy Nominee Naomi Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese Gibson and Mike Colter will be released by Sony in the fall of 2019. The film is a thriller written by Peter Dowling, which follows a rookie Detroit African-American female cop who stumbles upon corrupt officers who are murdering a drug dealer, an incident captured by her body cam.
In 2018, Taylor directed the film Traffik, an intense sex-trafficking thriller starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Omar Epps, William Fichtner and Roselyn Sanchez, released theatrically by Lionsgate’s CodeBlack Films. The film was nominated for an NAACP, Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Last year, Taylor wrote and directed the film sequel Meet the Blacks 2: The House Next Door, due out in theaters later in 2019. Film stars include comedy icons Mike Epps and Katt Williams. Additional cast includes Rick Ross, Danny Trejo, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Andrew Bachelor (aka “King Bach”), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner. Taylor first rose to Hollywood’s attention with the success of Meet The Blacks, a film Taylor wrote, directed, produced and distributed independently, outside of the Hollywood system. The success of the film’s self-distribution created awareness of his filmmaking skills.
Previously, Taylor wrote and directed Supremacy and achieved critical acclaim for his film Nite Tales. Originating with Nite Tales: The Movie in 2008, the Nite Tales series has amassed a cult following among a young urban audience. Nite Tales: The Series aired on WGN in 2009, hosted by Flavor Flav. Taylor’s films have been financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert F. Smith, founder of Vista Equity Partners, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Private Equity Firms in the world. Another one of Taylor’s frequent partners is Roxanne Taylor, a visionary producer and executive, who manages Hidden Empire Film Group alongside Taylor. Additionally, Taylor executive produced, with Robert F. Smith, the series Be Woke. Vote. The digital series, a social media philanthropic initiative to encourage non-voters to vote and young people to discuss political issues affecting our communities, was hosted by CNN’s Van Jones as well as Roland Martin and Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris. They conducted interviews with major celebrities and newsmakers from Entertainment to pop culture! Interviews included: Kim Kardashian-West, Jamie Foxx, Chelsea Handler, Will.i.am, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), BJ the Chicago Kid, Bresha Webb, Maxine Waters, James Lawson, LisaRaye, Erica Ash, Chuck D, Zuly Henao and Erika Alexander.
In 2018, Taylor received the Baron Jay Foundation’s 2018 Trailblazer Award, and the Extraordinary Families’ 2018 Visionary Award, while he and HEFG received the Entrepreneurial Rising Star Award from the Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
Taylor has a background in marketing, sports and promotions. A Nike All-American basketball player from Gary, Indiana, he earned a biology degree at San Diego State University on a full basketball scholarship where he was named the conference’s “Newcomer of the Year.” Taylor went on to play professionally and still competes weekly in the coveted NBA Entertainment League out of Los Angeles.