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(NEW YORK, NY, March 20, 2017) — Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) has named Staci Hallmon-Bazzani Vice President and Brand Sales Director of Essence, effective immediately. Hallmon-Bazzani, who most recently served as Essence's National Sponsorship Director, now oversees its sales team responsible for generating revenue for the brand across platforms. She reports to Cece Ryan, Senior Vice President, Entertainment, Style and Multicultural of Time Inc.

“Staci has done an extraordinary job growing sponsorships for the Essence Festival and its programming while increasing media commitments to Essence's print and digital products as part of these partnerships," said Ryan. "Her passion for Essence combined with her sales and management experience will help us meet our clients' needs and drive revenue."

Hallmon-Bazzani has significantly increased Essence's revenues and built strategic, growth focused teams since joining the brand in 2006. She has served in various sales roles including Director of Live Event of Sponsorships. Under her stewardship, the annual Essence Festival--which attracts on average a half million people to New Orleans every Fourth of July weekend--has sustained and developed global marketing partnerships with Coca-Cola, Ford, Verizon, State Farm, McDonald’s and Walmart, to name a few. Hallmon-Bazzani has also successfully launched programming initiatives aligned with the Beauty, Style and Entertainment categories to create new revenue-generating opportunities for the Festival.

Hallmon-Bazzani commented, “I am thrilled to join Cece's team as we continue to drive business across all of our platforms and signature franchises. It is a very exciting time at Essence with robust digital growth, new channels and innovative advertising capabilities."

She began her career at Time Inc. in corporate administration and has worked at brands including People and Real Simple.

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Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multimedia landscape. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as approximately 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom. Time Inc. has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform; The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio; and the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). The Company is also home to celebrated events, such as the Time 100, Fortune Most Powerful Women, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, the Essence Festival and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at

Jill Davison, 212-522-0105,


Monday, March 20, 2017