OUR STORY

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 also authentic.

OUR TEAM

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ALLISON BEGALMAN

Co-Founder & CEO

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ALLISON BEGALMAN is the CEO of YEA! Impact, the co-founder of Young Entertainment Activists (YEA!), EP of the Hollywood Climate Summit, and the creator of USC School of Cinematic Arts' first-ever social impact screenwriting lecture "Call to Action: Writing Stories of Relevance and Social Impact." She is a recipient of the Roddenberry Impact Award and also a founder of USC School of Cinematic Arts' Feminist Media Festival. Outside of social impact, Allison writes for television and film. She has worked at companies like CAA, Annapurna Pictures, as well as on shows such as Sony TV's PREACHER and Hulu's MONSTERLAND. She is represented by Alison Mann at Fourth Wall Management.

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LAUREL TAMAYO

Climate Impact Producer

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LAUREL TAMAYO was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now resides in Los Angeles. She graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and minor in Documentary Film. She is passionate about environmental issues and educating people about them through the impact campaigns of films. She started as a fellow on the Can You Hear Us? campaign for Hulu’s I Am Greta documentary, co-produced the Pathways to Action workshop in the 2021 Hollywood Climate Summit, and is now working on multiple projects with YEA! Impact.

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SHAHAD HAMWI

Executive Assistant

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SHAHAD HAMWI was born in Boston and raised 6,000 miles away in Abu Dhabi. She comes from a background of over six nationalities, and because of this multicultural background, diversity is a concept that is very important for her. Currently she is a student at NYU Abu Dhabi, studying Film and Art History, with a focus on documentary and activist projects and installations. As a creative and activist, Shahad uses her work as a medium to explore themes like sustainability, climate action, veganism, fast fashion and queer representation. In her free time you will always find her outdoors; running, climbing, swimming, hiking or just existing under the sun - connecting with nature has significant meaning to her.


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SAMUEL RUBIN

Co-Founder & Chief of Impact

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SAMUEL RUBIN is the Co-Founder of YEA! Impact and the Hollywood Climate Summit. 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. Now, he serves as the Chief Impact Officer at YEA! where he oversees campaigns such as Can You Hear Us?, for Hulu’s I Am Greta, and previously, Youth v Gov on Netflix, and Since I Been Down on SundanceNow. In 2021, he developed the impact strategy for the Good Energy Playbook, leveraging his expertise in intergenerational and climate storytelling. Currently, Samuel serves in the Convening Team of the UNFCCC sectoral initiative for climate action in the Film & TV industry and has been included in the 2022 Grist 50 Fixers list for his role in flipping the script on climate change within Hollywood.

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JINNY RYANN

Social Media Producer

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JINNY RYANN is an actor and artist originally from Holliston, MA, currently residing in Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Screen Acting, (and a minor in Neuroscience) from Chapman University. She was an Artists Striving to End Poverty fellow at their Artist As Citizen Conference at Julliard. In addition to the whole audition-in-LA hustle, she’s been creating her own work as a filmmaker and artist, co-founding Practice Pictures, a production company and artistic collective. She is extremely passionate about the arts, social justice, and pizza.

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SAGE MIDDLETON

Campaign Manager

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Activist and [Art]repreneur, SAGE MIDDLETON joins YEA! Impact as Campaign Manager. "It's very exciting to be in a position to take and transform space first, as a Detroit native, and then as Woman of African American descent. I'm mostly looking forward to advocating rest for the weary." Sage said. "After all, self care is the highest form of Climate Control." Talisha "Sage" Middleton holds a B.A. in Theatre & Performance from Women-led HBCU, Spelman College. With a professional background in Theatre, Music & Finance, and Film & Television. Talisha "Sage" Middleton merges as a Young Entertainment Activist.