US video distributor York Entertainment has created an international sales arm to license its library of urban features to international territories. To that end, the company has hired Corie VanDeutekom, formerly director of international sales for Carlton America, as vice president of international sales.

VanDeutekom will launch the international sales company at MIPCOM and MIFED armed with 14 new features including romantic comedy Keepin It Real directed by Brian Cox (Scorpion Spring) and starring Kurupt and Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Nothin 2 Lose with Brian Hooks, 2 G's & A Key, Thug Life and Out Kold with Ice-T and Kool Moe Dee.

York's in-house production division headed by director of development Steve Hajdu and its international acquisitions spearheaded by company president Tanya York will specialise in urban films.

The 11 year-old York Entertainment is based in Los Angeles and now has a library of some 300 titles. Its home entertainment distribution arm is run in partnership with Maverick Entertainment.