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Harold Ramis Tribute: YouTube Comedy Series EconPop Spoofs Ghostbusters

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New Show Examines Economics Through Lens of Film and Popular Culture

AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today EconPop, the new YouTube web series by the Moving Picture Institute and Emergent Order, released "The Economics of Ghostbusters" here: http://youtu.be/nZeYaJ8xJLA. The series, hosted by comedian Andrew Heaton, is not your average movie review show: EconPop uses humor to examine how popular films portray economic ideas, such as subjective value, negative externalities, and unintended consequences.

"Ghostbusters isn't just one of the best films to come out of the '80s. It is a great story about entrepreneurship," said executive producer John Papola. "The Ghostbusters take massive risks to get their company off the ground, they innovate, they create value, and they tangle with regulators."

EconPop airs every month at EconStories.tv. Previous episodes have covered Dallas Buyers Club and House of Cards. Each episode is accompanied by in-depth, audio podcasts featuring EconPop host Andrew Heaton and scholars such as literature professor Paul Cantor and economist Steve Horwitz.

EconStories connects great economics with new audiences through storytelling and entertainment. Founded by John Papola (CEO of Emergent Order, the creative agency that produces EconStories) and Russ Roberts (John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution), EconStories' first two rap videos, Fear the Boom & Bust and Fight of the Century, have been seen by millions.  John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer, and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television with MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV.

The Moving Picture Institute (MPI) is a charitable and educational tax-exempt foundation that promotes freedom through film. It does so by developing its own media content in-house, and supporting filmmakers at every phase of their careers. MPI films win awards, appear in theaters and on television, and have drawn praise from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more. MPI is supported entirely by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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