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
A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Taylor forges his
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
Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr, which Jamie Foxx directed.
This past fall, Taylor produced, wrote and directed the taut thriller Fatale
Academy Award winner Hillary Swank with Michael Ealy and Mike Colter. The film
in post-production. Taylor's next directorial feature, Exposure, starring
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
Lionsgate's CodeBlack Films. The film was nominated for NAACP, Image Award for
Last year, Taylor wrote and directed the film's sequel Meet the Blacks 2: The
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
Bachelor (aka "King Batch"), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin
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
success of the film's self-distribution created awareness of his filmmaking
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
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
Additionally, Taylor executive produced, with Robert F. Smith, the series "Be
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
major celebrities and newsmakers from Entertainment to pop culture! Interviews
Kardashian-West, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, 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,
conducted interviews with Kim Kardashian-West, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, Michael
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,
Extraordinary Families' 2018 Visionary Award, while he and HEFG received the
Rising Star Award from the Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
Taylor has a background in marketing, sports and promotions. A Nike
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
League out of Los Angeles.
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