1COMMUNITY IS AN ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION AND CO-FINANCE COMPANY USING THE POWER OF STORYTELLING TO DRIVE REAL-WORLD IMPACT.
Founded in 2018 by veteran producer and activist Scott Budnick, 1C invests in projects with the potential to make “guerrilla impact,” finding bold new takes on the most pressing issues of our time.
From climate justice and racial equity to mental healthcare, every 1C production is connected to a cause. 1C’s first release, JUST MERCY, starring Michael B. Jordan sparked a national criminal justice reform advocacy campaign, and 2021’s RESPECT, starring Jennifer Hudson, led to a virtual music education portal for youth of color.
1Community partners with movement leaders to launch impact campaigns that connect viewers from what they see on screen to taking action in their communities, building a business on the belief that if we’re going to make a difference, we have to Move as 1.
COMBINING DIVERSE AND UNCONVENTIONAL TACTICS THROUGH CULTURE AND MEDIA TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL CHANGE.
OUR 8 IMPACT AREAS ARE:
STORIES WORTH WATCHING.
MOVIES WORTH MAKING.
ACTION WORTH TAKING.
Scott Budnick is a film producer, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) and CEO of 1Community.
As the Executive Vice President of Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films, Budnick produced Old School, Due Date, and the highest-grossing R-rated comedy trilogy in film history, The Hangover, which grossed over $1.4 billion.
Since 2004, Scott has been a fierce advocate for social justice and a fairer judicial system. In 2003, he began volunteering with InsideOUT Writers (IOW), which brings creative writing into juvenile halls. In 2014, he founded ARC, whose mission is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and build healthier communities. ARC provides formerly incarcerated men and women with direct services such as housing, counseling, job training and opportunities, mentoring, and education. The organization also empowers and mobilizes its members to play a role in justice reform efforts through policy advocacy.
For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Gov. Jerry Brown named Scott the 2012 California Governor’s Volunteer of the Year. He sits on the Board of State and Community Corrections and serves as a Board Member for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Jacob Cohen grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended college at the University of South Carolina. After spending a summer in the WME mailroom, he began his career in the entertainment industry working in physical production for Stranger Things and Marvel Studios. Jacob aspires to produce diversified content ranging from Comedies to Thrillers and Dramas. Outside of the office, you can find him on the golf course, at the beach, or watching 7 hours of commercial-free football.
Rachel works best at the busy intersections of communications, culture and social impact.
Over the course of her career, Rachel has led several out-of-the-box storytelling strategies for global brands and leading nonprofits. She has played a key role in product launches for McDonald’s USA at a top PR agency; developed successful digital media projects like KIKI’S WITH LOUIS, AMAZE and produced theatrical production of OUT OF SILENCE to reach Millennials and GenZ interested in reproductive and sexual health with Advocates for Youth; and reinvigorated the impact narrative of Khan Academy, an edtech company in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining 1Community, Rachel led executive communications for the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, better known as LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org which focused on equity for women in the workplace and building resilience though grief.
A native Washingtonian Rachel is a graduate of The George Washington University and serves on the board of Black Women for Wellness Los Angeles and Advocates for Youth.
Born and raised in Mexico, Saúl found the love for storytelling when he first saw Jurassic Park. Saúl studied Communication and New Media at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he produced several projects, including web series.
Saúl started his career as an assistant at Endeavor Content and worked in International TV sales and the indie film group. Additionally, he worked at CAA media finance group specializing in projects with LATINX attachments and projects from LATAM and Spain.
Andrea Gomez is a first gen Chicana, born and raised in Southern California. Andrea has a degree in Literary Journalism and Film & Media Studies from UC Irvine. In 2020, she was named an Emerging Content Creator by NALIP. Andrea has bylines with Collider, Tor.com, WeAllGrow Latina, BoldCulture, CV Independent and more.
Sonya Lockett is a social impact strategist who has spent her career using media and entertainment to drive culture and policy change and to be a force for good. Previously, Sonya served as the Vice President of Social Responsibility for Viacom/BET Networks and was responsible for creating and executing strategies that used network programming to engage consumers in social change initiatives. Network campaigns under Sonya’s leadership garnered numerous awards including the Emmy Award for Best National Public Service Campaign for HIV/AIDS initiative RAP-IT-UP.
A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Sonya is a graduate of the Howard University. She is a founding board member of Higher Heights for America and The Impact Guild, and sits on the board of The Social Impact Fund and is a member of the Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She is a graduate of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications Executive Leadership Development Program, and Harvard University’s Executive Education Program in Corporate Social Responsibility. She was honored for her work in the community by New York Cares and received the Champion of Health Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Christine began her career in New York working in the substance abuse treatment field. After a successful 14-year career in addiction services where she specialized in administrative operations and participated in various start up programs, she pivoted to working in the entertainment industry space.
Mammolito worked for Robert Downey Jr. from 2005 to 2016 and began as his assistant and as the company expanded, she moved to the role of Chief of Staff. While on the set of Due Date, she met Scott Budnick and realized that they shared a common interest in the criminal justice world, their friendship grew out of this shared interest. When Scott left the entertainment industry to create The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), he asked Downey to sit on the board, which positioned Christine as board proxy. Her involvement in ARC during its infancy sparked an interest in returning to the non-profit world and she became ARC’s Deputy Director in 2016 and stayed with the company in various roles.
She now sits on the board of ARC and remains passionate about helping individuals returning home to the community and criminal justice reform.
Gabby Nowack was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, and moved to Los Angeles to attend USC, where she pursued her passion for impactful storytelling. She began her career as an assistant working at WGN America, WME, and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. In 2019, she joined Trevor Noah’s production company, Day Zero where she rose the ranks from coordinator to Director of Development, working on numerous film and television projects, and across all things comedy. After two and a half years at Day Zero, she joined the team at 1Community to further develop her passion for telling stories that change hearts and minds. She now serves as a Director of Development and continues to work in both film and television. She is especially excited by the ways that comedy and the sci-fi/fantasy genres can be entertaining and also informative.
Prior to 1Community, Ameet served as the President of Production for MAS Production. He also served as Vice President of Production at Double Feature Films where he worked on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, and the AMC series Into the Badlands.
Ameet is a member of Out in Hollywood, a coalition of LGBTQ+ executives and producers which aims to propel exceptional projects on screen to uplift and amplify marginalized perspectives and increase authentic representation behind and in front of the camera. Ameet is also a part of The Salon, an alliance of Hollywood professionals with the goal of South Asian advocacy in the film and television and to increase South Asian representation throughout all facets of the industry.
Ameet is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara Film Studies program where he got his start in film as the cinematographer for an award-winning stop motion animated short, The Dancing Llama.
Ben, born and raised in Los Angeles, started his career in the mailroom of CAA before moving into the Brand Marketing Department. Led by a strong desire to bridge the gap between the entertainment and philanthropic communities, Ben left CAA to join Scott Budnick, former President and Executive Producer of Green Hat Films, and founder of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), a non-profit organization focused on supporting people returning home from prison and reforming the criminal justice system in the State of California.
During his time at ARC, Ben served as Chief of Staff, while simultaneously developing what would soon become 1Community where he serves as Vice President.
For three years, Katie was independently contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate white collar crimes and advance civil litigation specific to fair housing, disability rights, language access, LGBTQ issues, and community policing. Working out of the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was quick to note how many high-profile cases were adapted to film for new audiences (see: THE BIG SHORT, BLACK MASS, PATRIOT’S DAY).
After supporting Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate bid, she returned home to the Silicon Valley where she volunteered locally for various film festivals including SF FILM, Frameline, and the United Nations Associate Film Festival, beginning her transition from the Hill to Hollywood. Prior to joining 1C as the Content & Impact Coordinator, Katie found a home amongst a small team of disrupters within the Foundation department of the Creative Artists Agency. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she was recruited to play competitively for the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.