BACKGROUND

Our company was born from our sister nonprofit organization,

Young Entertainment Activists, which sent its first newsletter filled with events for young professionals in Hollywood in February 2019. The concept: combine networking and activism. Make civic engagement community-oriented and “sexy,” to turn activism into a wanted everyday habit.

Currently, Young Entertainment Activists serves as an activist hub in Hollywood that produces action-oriented events and initiatives to transform both the internal makeup of the industry and our world at large. 

From this robust organization came our company’s expertise and extensive experience working with grassroots activist groups. YEA! Impact’s mission is to help companies, organizations, and individuals create long-term impact-- change that is not only profitable but authentic.

THE TEAM

 

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ALLISON BEGALMAN is an LA-based CEO, writer, and activist working in the narrative change sector. As the CEO of YEA! Impact, she specializes in impact marketing, strategy, and production for content campaigns, mission-aligned companies, nonprofits, and events. Having served as a community organizer in the entertainment indstry for the past 8 years, Allison is also the co-founder of Young Entertainment Activists (YEA!), along with the USC School of Cinematic Arts' Feminist Media Festival. She is the recipient of a Roddenberry Impact Award for YEA!'s Pipeline Access Initiative. Outside of social impact, Allison writes for TV and Film. She has worked at companies including CAA and Annapurna Pictures, as well as on TV series such as Sony TV/AMC’s PREACHER and Annapurna TV/Hulu’s MONSTERLAND.

Allison Begalman

Co-Founder & CEO

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SAMUEL RUBIN is the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer at YEA! Impact. Born and raised in Barcelona, Samuel began producing films to ignite positive change. His first feature-length documentary, “COLIS SUSPECT” (2017), unpacks border security and received the Best First Film Prize at Tetouan’s Film Festival. Samuel received a B.A. in Film and Television at UCLA and worked at DeLite! Media, Prodigium Pictures and Good Docs. He managed the 2020 YEA! Hollywood Climate Summit and served as the lead impact producer for the Screened Out, Can You Hear Us?, and Black Indigenous Liberation Movement impact campaigns. Currently pre-producing FIGHT FORWARD, a documentary length film about the real cost of higher education and student-led activism.

Samuel Rubin

Co-Founder & Chief of Impact

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Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sania is a storyteller who has experience working in social justice-oriented content production. She is in her senior year at NYU, majoring in Media Studies and has served as the first Global Equity Fellow at NYU Los Angeles. Sania is currently the Video Lead at Mask Banao, a mask awareness and distribution organization in Pakistan, where she has directed and produced the video, Kapray Kee Deewarain (Walls of Cloth). The video has made it to the final shortlist at the #CreativeDistancing video contest, organized by Dawn and Deutsche Welle.

Sania Irfan

Impact Coordinator

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Impact Producer on the Can You Hear Us? campaign surrounding Hulu's I Am Greta documentary, focusing on climate change and youth organizing. Devon was formerly the Project Coordinator at the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she worked on event coordination, engagement and outreach, partner relations, and social media. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University's School of Communication and Fine Arts, Devon began her career as a production assistant at the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Before joining the Skoll Center team, she spent two years working in the talent department at The Gersh Agency, where she assisted in covering projects for Netflix, Amazon and independent features.

 

Devon is also a member of YEA!'s (Young Entertainment Activists) Hollywood Pipeline Committee and was an associate producer for their virtual 2020 Hollywood Digital Climate Summit. Her workshop "Documenting the Climate Crisis" focused on how documentary filmmakers can be successful in creating social impact and changing climate policy through their stories and adjacent impact campaigns.

Devon Dansky

Impact Producer

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Ariel Zucker is the founder and co-CEO of CNT Productions, an intersectional feminist production company that creates socially charged content with a bite. She firmly believes that the most important stories are the ones we’re most afraid to tell and values collaboration above all else. Ariel earned a B.F.A. with Honors in Directing from the John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a degree in Business Administration. Her work has since been recognized by Outfest, AT&T Film Fest (New Forms of Storytelling), NFFTY (Audience Award), and American Black Film Festival, to name a few. Her script Taste of Soap also received special mention at the 2019 Screencraft Playwright Competition.

Ariel Zucker

Director of Digital Live Production

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Tonatiuh is a native Los Angelino acting in Television and Film. He was born in Boyle Heights / East LA to a family of immigrants. His passion and dedication for storytelling was fueled by his desire to change society into a more just and empathetic one. Stories change minds, minds create culture, culture changes policy and politics. As it stands, the Latinx community is disproportionately being affected by COVID-19, the current state of the economy, and is being attacked politically. Tonatiuh acknowledges that the life that he has wouldn't be possible without his community. That's why, now more than ever, Tonatiuh is determined to liberate and uplift the Latinx community through education and political activation.

Tonatiuh Elizarraraz

Digital Impact Producer

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Kitty Hu is a Chinese American documentary filmmaker and visual journalist with roots in the Bay Area, California. Having grown up as the daughter of immigrants, Kitty’s work applies documentary tactics to amplify stories at the intersection of justice and human relationships, looking at topics like labor, housing, migration and sustainability. Her personal documentary short, Golden Boy, explores themes of reconciliation, immigration, and caretaking in the aftermath of her mother’s brain injury, and is currently navigating the festival circuit. As a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, she has received generous grants to amplify stories about community resistance in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, intergenerational restaurants in Koreatown, and youth mobilization in suburban Fremont, California. Before directing and producing documentaries, Kitty reported for NBC’s local investigative news podcast, Shaky Town, conducted archival research for PBS’ Asian Americans, and amplified impact filmmaking at Prodigium Pictures. She completed her B.A. in film and international development studies at the UCLA.

Kitty Hu

Project Manager & Impact Producer

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Sara is an artist and activist who has extensive experience working in the nonprofit space. Most recently, she was at Ben's Bells teaching the art of kindness with the help of ceramics. Sara is currently in her last year at University of Arizona finishing her degree in Art History and Studio Art. You can find her art, SEB art studio, on IG.

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Executive Assistant

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