Deon Taylor


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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 ofen 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 skill set 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 theaters and TV screens, to the delight of audiences seeking fresh, original content with a unique voice behind it.

Taylor’s signature talents will next be seen by audiences when his much anticipated film “Meet the Blacks” hits theaters. Written, directed and produced by Taylor, “Meet the Blacks” is a comedy/horror hybrid spoofing the hit film “The Purge,” featuring an ensemble cast handpicked by Taylor to bring this tale to life — Mike Epps, George Lopez, Mike Tyson, Snoop Dog, Bresha Webb and Zulay Henao as well as a ‘who’s who’ of pop culture personalities including Gary Owen Charlie Murphy Tameka “Tiny” CoPle gossip columnist Perez Hilton, Paul Mooney Vine star Andrew Bachelor, and comedians Lil Duval, DeRay Davis and Lavell Crawford.

“Meet the Blacks” exemplifies Taylor’s approach to developing and producing content that is unshackled from the restraints of a corpora6zed Hollywood that has grown more risk-adverse over the last decade. 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, con6nues 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. To date, Taylor’s films have all been financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners, which is consistently ranked as one of the top Private Equity Firms in the world with approximately $15 billion in capital under management. Taylor works closely with Smith to keep everything checked and balanced.

Taylor also formed a partnership with Roxanne Avent, a thought-provoking visionary, an amazing producer and executive with a powerful business aptitude. With Taylor’s insight, knowledge, desire and fire, this union who writes, directs, and produces all of their own projects will be a partnership to watch and learn from.

For most of his career as a filmmaker and creator, Taylor has focused on the genre of horrors/thrillers 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. Taylor helped put together an amazing cast for Supremacy that included Danny Glover, Derek Luke, Evan Ross and Lela Rochon. 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 Supremacy 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 latest feature installment, “Night Tales 2: The Movie’
was released in 2015.

With so many other properties within Taylor’s domain, “Night Tales” pushes the envelope of horror and delivered content with varying degrees of shock value for different age groups and audiences. His wholly-owned Night Tales Presents label produces feature films and television series as well as a softer edged animated kids’ series on a branded interactive online platform.

Background

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
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