Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) expanded its influence recently with the establishment of a new division–Essence Entertainment. Debra Lynn Langford, formerly vice president of television at Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment, was tapped to head the new division.
“Our goal is to introduce both the audience that has enjoyed Essence magazine for the past 28 years and a new audience to the Essence brand via the world of entertainment,” says Langford.
The new division recently assisted ECI on the Essence Awards, which aired last May, and produced the Essence Music Festival last July. Langford says Essence Entertainment will focus on developing projects related to film, television, music, the Internet and home video.