Hidden Empire Film Group Executive Team Deon Taylor, Roxanne Avent Taylor and Robert F. Smith are Today’s Honoree

Deon Taylor – Founder / Writer / Producer / Director

A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Deon Taylor is the founder of the production company Hidden Empire Film group, which he runs with his partner Roxanne Taylor, a visionary producer and executive, along with businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith.

Taylor recently produced and directed the taut thriller Fatale, starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy; directed and produced the hit thriller The Intruder, starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good, directed the hit feature Black and Blue, starring Academy Award Nominee Naomie Harris and Tyrese. His upcoming projects include the psychological thriller Don’t Fear, which completed principal photography during the pandemic; The House Next Door, the comedic sequel to the 2016 hit film Meet the Blacks; the sports action heist thriller Free Agents; the John Lewis biopic Freedom Ride and CJ Entertainment’s horror title Grave Hill.

Roxanne Avent Taylor – Co-Founder / Producer / Executive Producer

Roxanne Avent Taylor, producer and co-founder of the Hidden Empire Film Group (HEFG) alongside director Deon Taylor, has been responsible for record-breaking content and bringing social justice campaigns to the forefront.

Under Roxanne’s leadership, HEFG has developed and produced an impressive slate of films. The Intruder starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good, which opened at number two grossing an impressive $10.9M; the thriller Traffik, starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, and Omar Epps, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture as well as 2019 AMAA for Best Dispora Narrative Feature; and Black and Blue starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Harris, Frank Grillo, Tyrese Gibson and Mike Colter. Taylor recently produced the psychological thriller Fatale starring two-time Academy Award®-winner Hilary Swank with Michael Ealy and Mike Colter. Upcoming projects include the psychological thriller Don’t Fear, which completed principal photography during the pandemic, the sports action heist thriller Free Agents and CJ Entertainment’s horror title Grave Hill.

Robert F. Smith – Executive Producer

Robert F. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was on board as Executive Producer for HEFG before the first production had finished shooting. His financial backing of HEFG has allowed the indie film house to produce culturally relevant stories and begin to bring those stories to mainstream audiences. Smith and Taylor are also behind the Webby-award winning video podcast Black History in Two Minutes.

Visit https://hiddenempirefilmgroup.com/ for more information.

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