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Former Senator Rick Santorum is now the CEO of a faith-based film company and his mission is to create movies about faith that can compete in the marketplace as entertaining films. Plus, the mild-mannered CEO of the film company responsible for one of the biggest hits of the Summer-- Despicable Me 2
Main Topic Rick Santorum 10 MIN, 44 SEC
The Business producer Darby Maloney talks with former Pennsylvania Senator and Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum on why he wants to get in on the movie business. He cites the value and power of storytellers in describing why he took the job as CEO of the faith-based film company EchoLight Studios. He laments that so often movies of faith are “awkward, “preachy” and “not entertaining.” He hopes to change that. He also compares being a politician to being a showman.

Guests:
Rick Santorum, CEO of Echolight Studios (@RickSantorum)

Main Topic Chris Meledandri 9 MIN, 30 SEC
As founder of Illumination Entertainment, Meledandri is proving that a studio can make a CG animated feature for half the cost of its competitors and not skimp on story. His Despicable Me 2 is one of the rare hits of the 2013 Summer season-- at present bringing in $600 million world-wide. He talks with Kim Masters about how he sort of happened into animation after being pigeon-holed as a maker of family films following the Jamaican bobsledding movie Cool Runnings. Ironically, as a child he never watched animation and his mother, he says, “hated Disney.” Meledandri has made two film adaptations of Dr. Seuss books and talks about how he’s developed a trusting working relationship with that author’s widow. They hope to one day make a biopic of the writer starring Johnny Depp.

Guests:
Chris Meledandri, Illumination Entertainment

Banter The Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 16 SEC
Kim Masters is joined by John Horn of the Los Angeles Times. They banter about this week’s top entertainment news stories.
 
Today’s Banter Topics:
-The summer of the expensive Hollywood studio bomb and the successful low-budget genre picture
-Spike Lee launches a kickstarter campaign
-Creative Artists Agency (CAA) offers show business experiences in a charity auction to benefit Communities in Schools (CIS)
 
 
 

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