Barbershop Media Entertainment

Ashley Barber

Founder | Producer

An original native of Panamá, Ashley was raised in a military family and grew up in Bozeman, Montana. After he graduated high school, he joined the U.S. Army and spent many years serving as an engineer and traveling around the country training younger enlisted soldiers at various military bases. Afterwards, he studied at the University of Montana in Missoula and initially majored in music composition. But after a successful music internship in L.A., under the mentorship of film composer Jonathan Elias, he realized that he had a passion for both the creative and business aspects of the industry and decided to change his major to Film; with the goal of becoming a film producer.

During his last year at the University of Montana, Ashley produced and directed "Bathroom Panic," a documentary on gay rights in small-town rural America. This documentary led him to eventually work for a liberal Congressman and ultimately be the communications director for his election campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. As communications director, Ashley had the opportunity to direct the candidate's statewide campaign commercial, which featured gay marriage. The commercial went on to receive nationwide recognition. Ashley graduated from the University of Montana in 2012 and shortly thereafter moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a film producer.

Ashley's first job in Los Angeles was working for the very successful TV executive and highly recognizable producer, Michael King, of KingWorld Productions (Oprah, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Hollywood Squares, Etc). He then moved on to work as an associate producer for the award winning web-series "Front Seat Chronicles." After the conclusion of production for the 4th season of that series, Ashley moved on to work as an assistant to Paula Abdul, where he helped organize the Avon foundation's viral "Check Yourself" breast cancer awareness video.

Ashley currently resides in Culver City where he can be seen frequently walking his two dachshunds, Hugo and Fritz.