Lisa Rene Ellis is an entertainment executive, investor, and producer.
Ms. Ellis is the Managing Partner of PROVENANCE VENTURES, a media and content fund that is parent to Provenance Media and Provenance Films. Provenance Media is an integrated multimedia content production and development company that creates, develops, and produces television and digital content to be distributed across a variety of platforms including broadcast television, cable, digital media, and emerging entertainment technological platforms. Provenance Media and Provenance Films develop, package and produce the initial stages of the creative process and also co-produce, invest, and collaborate with creators, writers, directors, and studios. Provenance Media currently has a docket of projects in development slated for 2018 / 2019 including drama, comedy, and non-scripted. Provenance Films currently has two feature projects in development for 2018 / 2019 productions. Lisa Ellis is also the Principle of Box Three Eight Eight Entertainment, a management and entertainment consulting company, which provides strategy, management services, and brand construction. Until January 2010, Ellis was the Executive Vice President, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc, based in New York, New York. Billboard Magazine named Lisa Ellis one of the “Most Powerful Women In Music” in the years of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, Ellis joined Fireman Capital Partners as Operating Partner. Ellis was #50 on Fast Company Magazine’s List of 100 Most Creative People. At Fireman Capital Partners, she was involved in the firms initial portfolio operations, marketing and portfolio sales; including Hudson Jeans, Serena & Lily, Idea Paint, Pilla Eyewear and Evolution Fresh Juices.
Lisa Ellis began her career as a Public Relations and Government Relations intern at Pepsi-Cola Company in Washington, D.C in 1991. At Pepsi-Cola, Ellis worked for franchise operations Publisher and Entrepreneur, Earl G. Graves, the founder of Black Enterprise Magazine and NBA Legend and Investor, Ervin “Magic” Johnson. During her tenure at Pepsi-Cola, she then was promoted to the full time position of Event Marketing Manager, while attending college in evenings at the University of Maryland. Ellis was on the rise as a young executive, and soon after accepted a position in 1992 at Cook Inlet radio station, WPGC, in Washington, D.C. as Event Marketing Director. While employed at WPGC, the station was purchased by CBS Radio. In 1993, Ellis was offered to join REEBOK as Marketing Manager for the Mid Atlantic Region. At Reebok, Ellis oversaw and managed National campaigns on the regional level with retailers, colleges, and managed the regional Marketing and advertising budgets. At Reebok Ellis began to work with NBA All-Star, Shaquille O’Neal, and also worked with Reebok founder, Paul Fireman’s son, Dan Fireman on the forth-coming1996 Olympic product lines. In 1995, Ellis joined Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Records as Promotion Manager, where her first tour promotion was with Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad Tour. She then went on to work over her 15 year career at Sony with artists such as: Tony Bennett, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Alice In Chains, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, and Train.
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Ellis held numerous executive posts at Sony Music, and in 2004 was named General Manager, Sony Urban Music. As General Manager, Ellis retooled and reengineered the structure of the newly merged division that controlled the Artist & Repetoire of the Pop-Crossover, Dance, R&B, Hip Hop, and Gospel rosters for both Columbia Records and Epic Records”. The division was created as a result of down-sizing in the company and establishing one organization within the group of labels to serve the genres. In restructuring, Ellis signed new artist John Legend and a label deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music, several Multi-Platinum releases by Beyonce, Three 6 Mafia, Omarion, Lyfe Jennings, Nas, Mary Mary. She later was promoted to the post of President, Sony Urban Music in December 2005 . The same year, Ellis was on the cover of Black Enterprise” magazine’s “40 Power Players Under 40”issue . During Ellis’ leadership at Sony Urban Music the division received 48 Grammy Nominations, and 27 Grammy Awards. This included 8 Grammy nominations for John Legend in 2006, including his wins for Best R&B Song, “Ordinary People” and a Grammy for Best New Artist. Ellis also lead the return of the artist, Prince, with 2 Grammy wins for his album Musicology, and Best R&B Male Vocal Performance for the song Call My Name” in 2005. In 2006, Three 6 Mafia wrote and produced the song Hard Out Here For A Pimp” for the Academy Award nominated film Hustle & Flow”. It was during this time that Ellis met actor, singer-songwriter, Terrence Howard’. Three Six Mafia won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. Three Six Mafia’, their attorney/manager, Aaron Rosenberg, and Ellis went on to create the MTV Production ‘Adventures In Hollywood which began airing in July 2007. Ellis also signed Terrence Howard producing a soul-folk album, Shine Through It” for Columbia Records. In 2007, Lisa Ellis was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Powerful under 40.
Ms. Ellis has served on the Advisory Boards of many philanthropic organizations such as: Lalela Project , Computers For Youth, and Howard Theatre Restoration, She is a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and a Member of the Producer’s Guild of America. Lisa Ellis is a Term Member at the Council On Foreign Relations. She is Equestrian and Member of the United States Equestrian Federation. She attended the University of Maryland and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2011.