Pete D’Arruda Named Executive Producer on Upcoming Feature About the Life Story of Dick Vitale

Cary, NC, November 17, 2020 – Pete has recently joined Emmy® Award Winning Director, Nick Nanton, DNA Films® and Abundance Studios™ for the production of a new documentary feature on the life story of legendary basketball personality, Dick Vitale.

The Emmy® Award Winning DNA Films crew began principal filming for the yet-to-be-titled film in South Florida, where Vitale lives, in mid November.

Nanton interviewed Vitale in which the sportscaster shared memories from his meteoric rise from a junior high coach to leading the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in just nine years before moving into sports broadcasting. Vitale also opened up about lessons he learned growing up as a kid who was bullied after he lost his sight in one eye.

Filming will continue over the coming months with interviews with former players and coaches from Vitale’s early coaching days in guiding East Rutherford High School in New Jersey to two consecutive state championships. Interviews will also feature stories from Vitale’s days as an assistant coach at Rutgers University in the 1970s, and his time at the University of Detroit where he led the Titans to the greatest year in the history of the school during the 1976-77 seasons.

The documentary will include Vitale’s short stay with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA and then follow his 40+ years at ESPN where he has become a household name. This film will show the journey that led Vitale to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Coming Fall of 2021, the film will show a side of Dickie V that even the most ardent fans have never seen, along with imparting valuable life lessons from a man who still lives by values his parents taught him growing up in New Jersey, like, ‘be good to people, and people will be good to you.’


About Pete D’Arruda

Peter J. D’Arruda, MRFC®, RICP®, is a Registered Financial Consultant and Investment Advisor Representative and is Manager and Founding Principal of Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC in Apex, North Carolina.

Popular public speaker, nationally syndicated radio show host, and accomplished author, Coach Pete, has appeared on numerous national television programs and has been featured in major national publications to discuss his personal philosophy on wealth management and applying various financial solutions.

A fiduciary with over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, he is former 2-time President of the IARFC (International Association of Registered Financial Consultants)

Known as “Coach Pete” to most of his clients and radio show listeners, his lifetime goal is to assist his clients in achieving the levels of success they desire. He founded Capital Financial to help his clients “cross the street of life.“ He and his team strive to help their clients take the worry out of living in retirement by taking a systematic approach to lifetime income planning.

Coach Pete’s radio show, “Financial Safari” can be heard weekly on more than 50 stations nationwide. He has been a guest on CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg, and CBS Radio. He has been interviewed for advice on columns in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Smart Money,, as well as others.

He has just been named to the prestigious Forbes Leadership Council and will be submitting at least six articles a year to Forbes for their readers’ print and web enjoyment.

Coach Pete has written or co-written eight books to date, and two of his books have reached the bestseller’s list on Amazon. He co-authored the best-selling book Tax Breaks of the Rich and Famous and the noteworthy SUCCESSONOMICS with Steve Forbes. Coach Pete has also written his own popular books such as Fine Print Fiasco and 7 Baby Steps to a Ridiculously Reliable Retirement Income.

Pete is a graduate of The University of North Carolina and proud father of daughter, Caroline, with his wife, Kim.


About DNA Films®:

DNA Films® is led by 16-time Emmy® Award Winning Director and Producer, Nick Nanton and 7-time Emmy® Award Winning Producer, JW Dicks. Dicks and Nanton have produced multiple award-winning films including Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On, Operation Toussaint, A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story, Triple Take, and Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story. Combined, they have produced and directed more than 500 television episodes and dozens of films.

Dicks and Nanton’s goal is to bring inspiring true-life stories to the screen as a means of encouraging and inspiring positive change.

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Kelsey Fox
Dicks and Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency®
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