Founder/pres to launch Clanagan Media Group.

UrbanWorks Entertainment founder/president Jeff Clanagan has left the company after four years to form Clanagan Media Group.

CMG, which will focus on the production, acquisition and distribution of urban DVD content, has already signed a multi-year distribution deal with Universal Music Group's Visual Entertainment. The first CMG releases through Visual Entertainment are expected this fall.

Visual Entertainment, headed by GM Tom O'Malley In Los Angeles, also distributes DVDs from companies including Xenon Pictures and Palm Pictures.

UrbanWorks is a specialty label distributed by Ventura Distribution. It's known for direct-to-DVD urban films and the "Platinum Comedy Series."