Nicole Ehrlich

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Nicole Ehrlich
Born (1975-05-28) May 28, 1975 (age 43)
Nationality American
Alma mater Smith College
Occupation Creative, Producer, Executive Producer
Cat Cora (m. 2018)
Children 2
Awards Emmy award
Grammy award
MTV VMA award

Nicole Ehrlich is an American producer, director, and women's rights activist. She is the SVP of Creative and Celebrity Relations,[1] and has been the recipient of Grammy, MTV VMA and Emmy Awards. Ehrlich has previously worked for Extasy Records, Geffen Records, and Universal Music Group. She is best known for her work with Lady Gaga, and as a music video producer in general. Her work also includes full-length music DVDs and television production. As a producer of documentaries, her works include the 2015 film The Hunting Ground. In the world of visual art, she is the curator of the annual Art Basel Miami exhibition Celebration of Women in Art.


Ehrlich is a graduate of Smith College.[2] Her first short films created while in college won the Best Young Media Artist award at the Utah Short Film Festival and the Best Experimental film award at the New Orleans Film Festival.[3] She also received an internship operating a technocrane at Panavision.[4]


In August 2002 Ehrlich was promoted to the head of video production and promotion at Extasy Records from the position of video commissioner.[5] In 2008 Ehrlich was the video commissioner for Geffen Records. That year she appeared as a judge on the television series Redemption Song, which featured musical artists from the Fuse and Geffen labels.[6] In 2011 she was a Vice President with the Universal Music Group.[3] She later became the CEO and a creative producer at Rocket In My Pocket.[2] She has also spoken at conferences regarding music video production.[7]

Music videos[edit]

In 2005 Ehrlich co-produced the music videos assembled for Blink-182: Greatest Hits DVD and for Lighthouse's music DVD Lighthouse: Live in Portland!. In 2007 she then produced Loose: The Concert for Nelly Furtado.[8]

In 2010 Ehrlich was named in the nominations for the Best Collaboration, Best Choreography, and Video of the Year awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, for her work in co-producing the Lady Gaga video for Telephone. The video won the award for Best Collaboration. She was also named in nine nominations for co-producing the Lady Gaga video Bad Romance, from which the video won the Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Best Dance Music Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Choreography, and Video of the Year awards.[9][10] Then in 2011 Ehrlich was awarded the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video for the video, which she co-produced with Heather Helier.[11][12]

At the 2011 VMAs, Ehrlich was named in four nominations, including nominations for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, and Best Art Direction for the Lady Gaga video Born this Way (winning for Best Female Video), in addition to co-producing the Best Choreography nominated video Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.[13][14] She received the credit as creative producer and producer for the Lady Gaga album Born This Way: The Collection.[15] In 2011 she also produced the television specials Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden and A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.[8]

In January 2014 Ehrlich began co-producing the lady Gaga video G.U.Y at hearst castle and in March 2014 it was released.[16][17][18] She has also worked with artists including The Cure, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Blink-182, Enrique Iglesias, Tony Bennett, Weezer, Wiz Khalifa and Quincy Jones on music production projects.[3] In 2016 Ehrlich won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for her work on the Lady Gaga video Til It Happens to You.[19]

Television and film production[edit]

In addition to music videos, Ehrlich has also produced television commercials featuring Usher and Samsung, Lady Gaga and Google Chrome, in addition to President Barack Obama and, which she also directed.[20] In 2006 she produced the television documentary Dropped, and in 2010 she executive produced the video documentary Another Station: Another Mile. In 2011 she executive produced the television movie Inside: El DeBarge, produced the television film Countdown to: Mindless Behavior, and was co-producer for the horror film Detention.[8] She also founded the company Rocket in my Pocket,[21] as well as Valis Studios.[22] In 2015 she served as a producer for the film The Hunting Ground,[23] which was nominated for an Emmy award.[24]

Art exhibitions[edit]

Since 2013 Ehrlich has curated the annual Art Basel Miami exhibition Celebration of Women in Art in Miami Beach, the goal of which is "to raise the representation of women in art museums, galleries, and shows," according to the Miami New Times.[25] In 2015 she also produced the Rainbow Body solo exhibition by artist Millie Brown.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Ehrlich has hosted charity events for the Born This Way Foundation,[27] and is a women's rights and anti-bullying activist.[28] She is a proponent of female artists, stating that, "statistics show that although 51% of visual artists are women, only 5% of the current art displayed in U.S. museums is made up of women."[27]

Ehrlich is openly lesbian and has two sons with her ex-partner, Rosa Ehrlich, whom she started dating in 1998.[29][30] She has dated professional chef Cat Cora since 2017, and they married April 21, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.[31]


  1. ^ "GUY". Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Nicole Ehrlich (October 9, 2013). "The Daily Struggle". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Douglas Finlay (February 17, 2011). "Kennedy Grad: Going Gaga over Grammy Award". Merrick Life. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Abe Loomis. "Born This Way". Smith Almunae Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Executive Turntable. Billboard Magazine. August 3, 2002. p. 8. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Kamua High. Universal 'Redemption'. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  7. ^ 2001 Billboard Music Video Conference and Awards. Billboard Magazine. November 17, 2001. p. 84. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Nicole Ehrlich profile". IMDB. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "VMAs 2010: Lady Gaga And Eminem Top This Year's Nominees — Check Out The Nominees & VOTE NOW!". MTV. March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "2010 VMA winners". MTV. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  11. ^ 2011 Grammy Winners. Billboard Magazine. March 26, 2011. p. 31. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Grammy Winner archive: Nicole Ehrlich". Grammy Awards. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Robert Seidman (July 20, 2011). "2011 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced". Zap2it. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "2011 VMA winners". MTV. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  15. ^ "Nicole Ehrlich". All Music. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  16. ^ Sarah Linn (February 11, 2014). "Hearst Castle goes Gaga as pop diva shoots video this week at estate". The Cambrian Tribune. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  17. ^ "Lady Gaga Shooting Elaborate Video Project". FMQB Magazine. February 13, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  18. ^ Frank Lovice (March 23, 2014). "Lady Gaga 'G.U.Y.' video debuts, features Bravo stars Andy Cohen and Beverly Hills 'Real Housewives'". Newsday. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  19. ^ "Creator Of Women's Empowerment Conference Appears On KCAL9 News".
  20. ^ "Other Words by Nicole Ehrlich". IMDB. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  21. ^ AnaSantopinto (3 December 2014). "Art Basel Miami Beach 2014: What's Happening Wednesday".
  22. ^ "Nicole Ehrlich - The Huffington Post".
  23. ^ "Women encouraged to attend 'Live Love Thrive' conference - Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press". 10 November 2016.
  24. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (24 January 2015). "Sundance Film Review: 'The Hunting Ground'".
  25. ^ Vazquez, Neil (4 December 2014). "We Really Don't Need Men:" Second Annual Celebration of Women in Art".
  26. ^ "Vomit Artist Millie Brown's 'Rainbow Body' Exhibition is a Reflection of Los Angeles - Bullett Media".
  27. ^ a b Katy Donoghue (December 2, 2013). "Nicole Ehrlich & 5D-Society host Born This Way benefit in Miami". Whitewall. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  28. ^ Journalist, Claire Fordham; Author; Producer (16 November 2016). "Women's Empowerment Conference Inspires Attendees To Live Love And Thrive".
  29. ^ "Op-ed: Run With Me". 16 September 2013.
  30. ^ "Obituary". Legacy.
  31. ^ "Cat Cora, 51, of Iron Chef, marries producer Nicole Ehrlich, 42, in Santa Barbara". Daily Mail. Retrieved April 21, 2018.

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