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Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor is a boundary crashing, envelope pushing, unabashed, creative force in the world of film and television. In Hollywood, roles vary and job functions are often blurred and blended – for talent, creatives, filmmakers, storytellers, show runners, producers and high-level executives alike. Few people, if any, in Hollywood exhibit the capacity and multidisciplinary skillset necessary to bridge all functions and roles successfully. Deon Taylor is one of the few who can – and does.

A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Deon Taylor is a hybrid creative force and savvy producer. His work is innovative, his writing is cutting-edge and his vision is distinctive. As a creator, Taylor chooses to forge his own path through Hollywood and into theatres and TV screens, to the delight of audiences seeking fresh, original content with a unique voice behind it.

Taylor succeeds because he is always thinking outside the box – juggling creative projects with ease, and incubating ideas that others in the industry won’t dare to explore. Creativity and storytelling are the heart and soul of Hollywood and the global entertainment industry. They always have been – and always will be. Taylor embraces this fact and, under this mantra, continues to run his own thriving, independent film and production company, Hidden Empire Film Group (HEFG) formerly known as Deon Taylor Enterprises (DTE), which he launched in 2000.

Taylor has written, co-written and directed dozens of films, TV series and special projects and HEFG produces a diverse array of larger budgeted projects, born of Taylor’s boundless energy as a multi-hyphenate visionary and pioneer.

The next Deon Taylor film to hit theaters will be “Traffik” – an intense sex trafficking thriller starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Omar Epps, William Fichtner and Roselyn Sanchez. The film opens nationwide on April 27th (Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films).

Taylor also recently wrote, directed and produced the thriller “Motivated Seller” starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Megan Good, and produced, with Jamie Foxx, the comedy feature “All-Star Weekend,” starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr – directed by Jamie Foxx.

Taylor successfully ventured into comedy in 2016 with his horror spoof “Meet the Blacks,” starring Mike Epps, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Zulay Henao and King Batch. The film became a massive breakout hit and gained a cult following since opening in the top 10 at the box office.

The popularity of “Meet the Blacks” led to a recently completed sequel, which Taylor also directed, wrote and produced. Due to hit theaters in late 2018, the sequel, titled “The House Next Door” stars comedy icons Mike Epps and Katt Williams, who last starred together in the hit “Friday After Next”, also a sequel in Ice Cube’s popular “Friday” movie franchise. Additional cast for “The House Next Door” includes Rick Ross, Danny Trejo, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Andrew Bachelor (aka ‘King Batch’), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner.

For most of his career as a filmmaker and creator, Taylor has focused on genre films and excelled. When producer Vincent Cirrincione asked Taylor to read the script for the film “Supremacy” (inspired by actual events), his passion for a new type of project was birthed. The film earned critical and commercial praise – so much so that the library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences requested a copy of the screenplay for their permanent core collection. Even before achieving critical acclaim with “Supremacy,” Taylor achieved cult status acclaim with his “Night Tales” franchise. Originating with “Night Tales: The Movie” in 2008, “Night Tales” has amassed a cult following among a young urban audience. “Night Tales: The Series,” aired on WGN and was hosted by Flavor Flav in 2009, and a new “Night Tales: The Movie,” was released in 2011. The last feature installment, “Night Tales 2: The Movie’ was released in 2015.

All of Taylor’s films have been financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert F. Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Private Equity Firms in the world with approximately $3 billion in capital under management. Another partner of Taylor is Roxanne Avent – a thought-provoking and visionary producer and executive with a powerful business aptitude, who steers HEFG.

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.

For more detailed filmography on Deon Taylor please click the link below:

Deon Taylor IMDB

DIRECTOR
Traffik
Motivated Seller
The House Next Door
Free Agents
Akuma
Supremacy
Terminated
Chain Letter
Nite Tales
The Hustle
Dead Tone
Up All Nite
Meet the Blacks

WRITER
Free Agents
Akuma
Nite Tales
Terminated
Chain Letter
The Hustle
Dead Tone
Meet the Blacks

PRODUCER
Akuma
Chain Letter
Up All Nite
Nite Tales
The Hustle
Dead Tone
Meet the Blacks