Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is the founder of Hidden Empire Film Group.

Deon Taylor
Film Director, Deon Taylor 2016.jpg
Taylor in 2016
Chicago, Illinois, United States
EducationFlorin High School
Alma materSan Diego State University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active2005–present
Notable work
Dead Tone, The Hustle, Nite Tales, Chain Letter, Supremacy, Meet the Blacks
Roxanne Avent
(m. 2014)


Deon Taylor was born in Chicago and grew up in Gary, Indiana. He is African-American. During high school, he with his brother and mother moved to Sacramento, California. He has stated, “Gary, Indiana is the murder capital of the world, so my entire freshman basketball team is dead."[1] He played basketball professionally, earning a spot in the NBA Entertainment League.[2]

Taylor currently resides in Sacramento, California, filming there and Los Angeles.[3]


Taylor founded Hidden Empire Film Group in Sacramento, California and wrote and directed his first film, Dead Tone.[4] Taylor went on to shoot a horror series for BET, Nite Tales: The Series,[5] a low budget series starring Flavor Flav that drew one million viewers on its first airing.[6] Taylor’s slasher thriller Chain Letter was released to select theaters on October 1, 2010.[7]

Nite Tales: The Movie was released on DVD in 2008 with a DVD release of the series pending in the future.[6] Taylor has paired with Jamie Foxx to co-direct a future national television release titled Tommy's Little Girl.[7]



Year Title
2007 Dead Tone (originally 7eventy 5ive)
2008 The Hustle
2008 Nite Tales: The Movie
2009 Nite Tales: The Series
2010 Chain Letter
2014 Supremacy
2016 Meet the Blacks
2018 Traffik
2019 The Intruder
2019 Black and Blue
2019 MTB2: The House Next Door
2020 Fatale
2021 All-Star Weekend

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2015 "In Love by Now" Jamie Foxx[8]


  1. ^ "Who is Deon Taylor?" by Fabio Periera. July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ NBAE Rosters 2007–08 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine 2010. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  3. ^ "Brief Interview: Deon Taylor” Archived 2010-02-11 at the Wayback Machine by Tony Sheppard. Sacramento Press. April 11, 2009. Retrieved July 8th 2010.
  4. ^ “Screen Media pacts for Deon Taylor's Dead Tone” by Wendy Mitchell. July 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  5. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (26 January 2009). "'Nite Tales' deal is first from NATPE: Flavor Flav-hosted series is from Trifecta, Star Media venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b “Bob Shallit: Sacramento Filmmaker’s Horror Flick set for National Release” Archived 2010-04-26 at the Wayback Machine Sacramento Bee News. 2010. Retrieved July 6th 2010.
  7. ^ a b “Former Gary resident is a fresh face in fright fare” Archived 2010-08-17 at the Wayback Machine by Bob Kostanczuk. Post Tribune. August 6, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "Jamie Foxx - "In Love by Now"". music video credits. Retrieved January 12, 2016.

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