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FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, Rick Santorum speaks in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) FILE - In this April 13, 2012 file photo, Rick Santorum speaks in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)  

Rick Santorum named head of movie studio

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Rick Santorum is getting into the movie business.

The former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate has been named the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a self-styled “faith-based” company in Dallas, his political organization announced Monday.

“This is the right place and right time, and I’ve jumped in with both feet,” Santorum said in a statement. “I often say that culture is upstream from politics, and I know entertainment also can be strength and light for people who want to be uplifted and reinforced in their values.”

Santorum, who has not ruled out another run for president in 2016, will still lead his political group, Patriot Voices.

“Dallas can become the Hollywood of the faith-and-family movie market. And the keys are 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,” Santorum said.

EchoLight is set to release a film in 2014 about Illinois basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott.

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