Calabasas Films began as the brainchild of Calabasas, California resident and film/TV producer Kapil Mahendra in 2008. After producing several programs for CNN, The Tennis Channel, Sony Pictures and more, Mahendra joined forces with Manimal Group CEO and founder Paul Beahan to create a larger pallet of culturally diverse entertainment with focus on streaming content for the 21st century. As of 2020, the pair have produced a slew of food and travel series, international documentary series and beyond.
Calabasas native, Kapil Mahendra is a seasoned TV producer and filmmaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist in his own right. As a youth, he was a super-star athlete attaining some of the top awards for his sportsmanship as well as recognition for his passion for philanthropy. Mahendra has produced content for CNN, Discovery, A&E and Sony Pictures and televised events with Jerry Seinfeld, The Beach Boys, Alanis Morissette and Matthew Perry. Mahendra started Calabasas Films in 2010 and helped create CNN’s Dimensions with a heavy roster of celebrated guests including Cindy Crawford, Hugh Hefner, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Luther King III, Michael Douglas and others.
Paul Beahan has a rich history as a film, TV and music producer for the last 15 years. As a youth, Beahan grew up between San Diego and Los Angeles honing skills in the art, fashion and independent music world with the founding of Manimal Group (pka Manimal Vinyl Records) in 2006 after several years working as a freelance fashion editor. With Manimal, Beahan released debut albums from indie darlings Warpaint and Bat for Lashes and eventually collaborating on exclusive projects involving David Bowie, Yoko Ono, The estate of John Lennon, Duran Duran, The Cure, Moby, Carla Bruni and too many more to name. Eventually pivoting from a record label, Manimal began building a music library that expanded to film and television distribution with a focus on the world of streaming content.