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York Ready for New Year With New Facility

13 Dec, 2002 By: Joan Villa

York Entertainment unveiled a new headquarters that centralizes film development, operations, sales and marketing in one wholly owned 5,500-square-foot facility in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The independent supplier of urban and Latino films and video is branching out into music as well, releasing its first soundtrack this month for Makin' Baby by artist Mystikal, said CEO Tanya York. The supplier also recently launched a new line called “York Horror,” which will add about 12 titles next year. “In 2003 we have a horror film every month, a Latino film release and, of course, a new film in the urban line that we've had for a long time,” York said at the headquarters opening. “We released about 50 titles last year, and we'll be about the same next year.”

On Jan. 21, York will also release Blacklisted, starring Vanessa Williams and Robert Townsend, who was named 2002's Man of the Year at the American Black Film Festival. Townsend also wrote and directed the action-thriller, about a group of lawyers who track down criminals freed by legal loopholes. The $19.99 DVD includes a director's commentary track and a limited edition CD soundtrack that melds hip-hop and jazz. The DVD alone is $14.99, and the VHS is priced for rental. Prebook is Dec. 27.

The new facility includes a production room for actors' readings, a screening facility, a yoga studio, and offices for administration, operations, marketing, international sales, graphics arts and customer service.

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