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. 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.