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Rick Santorum Named CEO of Film Studio

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"For too long, Hollywood has had a lock on influencing the youth of this country with a flawed message that goes against our values. Now, we can change that."

These are the words of former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who recently announced his newest venture — CEO of a film production company.

In an interview with Fox News' "The Huckabee Show", the conservative politico revealed that he will serve as the new CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas-based Christian film studio dedicated to producing, financing, marketing, and distributing faith-based family films. These films will focus on "inspirational and uplifting" Christian messages.

We suppose the guy's gotta do something with his free time. Good ole Santorum has been pretty quiet since dropping out of the Republican presidential primary in April 2012. Maybe now that he has the all-powerful platform of movies on his side, he'll be able to fight the good fight against gay marriage and other relationships he finds objectionable, such as "man on child, man on dog."

According to Deadline, Santorum will "do everything from reading scripts to weighing acquisitions" for films that target "soccer moms ages 35-55 who drive minivans and listen to Christian radio." He believes that Dallas can become the Hollywood of the faith-and-family movie market.

But in a world full of superhero blockbusters and zombie apocalypses, how lucrative could this market be? The Huffington Post notes that smaller Christian entertainment companies do exist — Sony Films' Affirm Films division released "Soul Surfer" in 2011, and The History Channel's series "The Bible" proved to be a ratings success for the network. Still, the market is relatively small and unknown.

According to a press release, Santorum plans to create "great content and economic success using money from all over to build out the industry and distribute an authentic product truthful to the faith in people's lives." But success doesn't come easy in Tinseltown, and only time will tell.

Who knows, this could just be his attempt to get close with Lindsay Lohan again.

For now, keep an eye out for EchoLight's first theatrical release, "The Redemption of Henry Myers", which hits theaters this fall.

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