Deutsch Hires Ellis

NEW YORK — Deutsch has hired Karen Ellis as svp, group creative director overseeing its estimated $100 million Revlon business, which includes Almay, the agency said.

Ellis, 38, reports to Deutsch New York’s managing partner, executive creative director Kathy Delaney. Ellis was most recently the owner of Company K, which handled some advertising for clients including The Limited, Coty for Isabella Rossellini’s Manifesto, and MuchMusicUSA for Heavy.com.

Ellis brings years of experience in the cosmetics category. She worked at McCann-Erickson from 1997 to 2000 on the L’Oreal account, creating domestic and international advertising for the client’s cosmetics, haircolor and haircare lines. She has also helped create advertising for Avon while at N.W. Ayer in New York, and has worked on the client side at EstEe Lauder, Cignal, and Webster Clothes.

“Torero,” a new book for fashion photographer Ruven Afanador, includes her design input, and she has also worked on art and design projects with such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Deutsch won the creative portion of Revlon’s Almay brand and Revlon’s media in 2001. Two months ago, the client consolidated Revlon creative at the agency.