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DEON TAYLOR (Directed By/ Produced By) 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. 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 Hillary Swank with Michael Ealy and Mike Colter. The film is presently in post-production. Taylor's next directorial feature, Exposure, starring Academy Nominee Naomie Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese Gibson and Mike Colter will be released by Screen Gems in the fall 2019. The film is a thriller written by Peter A. Dowling, which follows a rookie 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 NAACP, Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Last year, Taylor wrote and directed the film's 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 Batch"), 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, outsie the Hollywood system. The success of the film's self-distribution created awareness of his filmmaking skills.

Previously, Taylor wrote and directed Supremacy and achieve critical acclaim for his film Night Tales. Originating with Night Tales: The Movie in 2008, the Night Tales series has amassed a cult following among a young urban audience. Night Tales: The Series aired on WGN in 2009, hosted by Flavor Flav, and a new Night Tales: The Movie was released in 2011. The last feature installment, Night Tales 2: The Movie, was released in 2015.

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 Avent, 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."

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,, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), BJ the Chicago Kid, and Bresha Webb.

Hosted by CNN's Van Jones as well as Roland Martin and Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, who conducted interviews with Kim Kardashian-West, Jamie Foxx,, Michael Ealy, Mike Colter, Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), BJ the Chicago Kid, and Bresha Webb, Be Woke, was a video podcast created with the intention of converting non-voters into voters through open and honest discussion of the issues.

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.


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