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Noel Ashman

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Noel Ashman
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Noel Ashman is a New York City-based nightclub owner, film producer and entrepreneur.


In 1996, Ashman opened his first club, Veruka. The Manhattan nightclub is widely regarded as one of the first clubs to have bottle service[1], and became well known for its strict door policy.[1] Veruka had a number of high-profile celebrity guests, including Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nicolas Cage, Debbie Harry, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sarah Jessica Parker.[1] Veruka was also a frequent hangout for members of the New York Yankees.[1][2] The club operated from January 1996 to July 2005. Ashman followed the venture with a brief revival of Studio 54.[3]

In 2004, Ashman purchased the nightclub Nell’s along with partners Chris Noth, Samantha Ronson, Damon Dash, and Jesse Bradford, among others, and opened a private club, NA, in the newly redesigned space.[4] Ashman operated NA and a semi-private club, The Plumm, at the West 14th Street location from 2004 to 2009.[1]

In 2014, Ashman opened The Leonora in the Chelsea section of Manhattan with investors Michael Strahan, Simon Rex, and Damon Dash.[5]

Ashman has been a producer and acted in several films. He was the associate producer for the 1999 film Speedway Junky, which starred Jesse Bradford and Daryl Hannah.[6] He was a co-producer of the 2000 film The Atrocity Exhibition, based on the writings of British author J. G. Ballard.[7] He was also a co-producer of the 2001 film Never Again, starring Jeffrey Tambor and written and directed by Eric Schaeffer,[8] and an executive producer on Schaeffer’s 2004 film Mind the Gap.[9] In 2013, Ashman co-produced the TV series The Trouble with Billy,[10] and in 2015 produced the short film Fall 4 You.[11]

Ashman appears in films Mind the Gap, Never Again, and Fall 4 You, and was a producer on The Guitar and Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope. Ashman received a special thanks Noel Ashman credit Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.[12]

Ashman co-produced the 2001 off-Broadway play The Dog Problem by David Rabe, and is co-owner of a film production company called Co-op.[1]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Ashman is an executive producer on the 2017 film Gotti, starring John Travolta and directed by actor Kevin Connolly,[13] as well as on the upcoming film Reprisal, starring Bruce Willis and Olivia Culpo.[14] He is a producer and actor in the 2018 film Clinton Road, starring Ice T & Vincent Pastore.[15] Ashman is also a producer on the 2018 documentary Wasted Talent, which examines the temptations and struggles many young celebrities go through on their rise to stardom.[16] The documentary stars former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, journalist Rita Cosby, actors William McNamara and Lillo Brancato, actress Paula Devicq, and Ashman, among others.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Ashman was born in Manhattan in 1970. He graduated from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in 1989. Ashman attended Boston University, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in Economics.[18]

Ashman dated actress Paula Devicq from the television series Party of Five.[19] He was also romantically linked to singer-songwriter and model Kimberly Locke, who gained fame after participating in the 2003 season of American Idol.[19]


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  2. Century, Douglas (1999-06-13). "A NIGHT OUT WITH: David Wells and Noel Ashman; Extra Innings Blowout". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  3. "Chelsea's Leonora nearly at closing time, say sources". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  4. Chaplin, Julia (2004-09-19). "Nell's Returns With a New Name, New Stars and a Cleaner Floor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  5. Sloan, Brian (November 19, 2014). "The Leonora Opens in Chelsea". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
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  7. Weiss, Jonathan (2000-06-05), The Atrocity Exhibition, Victor Slezak, Anna Juvander, Michael Kirby, retrieved 2017-11-28
  8. Schaeffer, Eric (2001-03-11), Never Again, Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Clayburgh, Caroline Aaron, retrieved 2017-11-28
  9. Schaeffer, Eric (2004-03-13), Mind the Gap, Alan King, Elizabeth Reaser, Eric Schaeffer, retrieved 2017-11-28
  10. The Trouble with Billy, William McNamara, William Baldwin, David Morwick, retrieved 2017-11-28
  11. Bregman, Michael, Fall 4 You, Burt Young, Federico Castelluccio, Michael McGlone, retrieved 2017-11-28
  12. "Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (Video 2005)". Retrieved January 21, 2018 – via
  13. Connolly, Kevin (2017-12-15), Gotti, John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston, retrieved 2017-11-28
  14. Miller, Brian A., Reprisal, Bruce Willis, Frank Grillo, Johnathon Schaech, retrieved 2017-11-28
  15. McNary, Dave (2017-07-30). "Ice-T, Vincent Pastore Heading to Horror Movie 'Clinton Road' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  16. "How Sopranos Star Lillo Brancato Descended into Addiction and Violence - and His Life after Prison". Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  17. Stanulis, Steve (2018-07-01), Wasted Talent, Lillo Brancato, William McNamara, Paula Devicq, retrieved 2017-11-28
  18. "LinkedIn".
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Noel Ashman". Who's Dated Who?. Retrieved 2017-11-28.

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