An Emmy Award-Winning Director and Producer, Nick Nanton, Esq., produces media and branded content for top thought leaders and media personalities around the world.

Recognized as a leading expert on branding and storytelling, Nick has authored more than two dozen Best-Selling books (including The Wall Street Journal Best-Seller, StorySelling ) and produced and directed more than 60 documentaries, earning 16 Emmy Awards and 36 nominations. Nick speaks to audiences internationally on the topics of branding, entertainment, media, business and storytelling at major universities and events.

As the CEO of DNA Media, Nick oversees a portfolio of companies including: DNA Films, Astonish Entertainment, 11th Street Films, Abundance Studios, DNA (an international agency with more than 3,000 clients in 63 countries) and Ambitious.com. Nick is an award-winning director, producer and songwriter who has worked on everything from large scale events to television shows with the likes of Steve Forbes, Ivanka Trump, Sir Richard Branson, Larry King, Jack Nicklaus, Rudy Ruettiger (inspiration for the Hollywood Blockbuster, RUDY), Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield (The Secret, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series), and many more.

Videos

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Now To Next With Nick Nanton Feat. Dan Rooney

Lt Col Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor organization, an F-16 Fighter Pilot with 3 combat tours in Iraq, and a PGA Golf Professional… just to name a few things, and he's this episode's "Now to Next" guest. We talk what it takes to become a fighter pilot and the major life lessons it has taught Dan. We'd also be remiss if we didn't talk about the story of the Folds of Honor non-profit organization, what prompted Dan Rooney to create it and how it's grown (and still growing) to help so many military families. Lastly, we dive into Dan's new book, Fly Into the Wind! He shares some of the "life storms" that inspired the book as well as some of the acronyms like "CAVU" and "LOE" that have become his personal code of living. Humble and heartfelt, Dan is an amazing person and someone I've been lucky enough to call a friend, and you'll want to check this episode out!

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Now To Next With Nick Nanton Feat. Joey Coleman

Joey Coleman is the founder and “Chief Experience Composer” of Design Symphony, a customer experience branding firm, a renowned speaker, and the author of the best-selling book “Never Lose A Customer Again.” Joey has over 20 years of experience and a lot of hands-on knowledge due to an insane career path —his words. On today’s Now to Next episode, Joey shares his insights on his “First 100 Days® Methodology” in regards to keeping customers, the 8 phases of the customer experience, the eclectic career path that led to where he is today...and even some tips on the best time of day to use a four-wheeler to tow your brother (who is, of course, attached to a hang glider). This is one you won’t want to miss.

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Now to Next With Nick Nanton Feat. James Altucher

James Altucher is an American hedge-fund manager, author, podcaster and entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded over 20 companies. In this episode, he dives into his “Choose Yourself” mentality and what that means in terms of finding your own passions, forging your own path, and his daily practice with what he calls the four bodies (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual). James also discusses the reaction he faced (the good and the bad) after his “New York City is Dead Forever" article went viral during the pandemic. We talk reviews from the 8-part docuseries about James on Amazon Prime video that I directed, and finally James gives some insights on his new book, "Skip The Line."

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Now to Next With Nick Nanton Feat. Dan Sullivan

Nick Nanton is joined by Dan Sullivan, the founder of Strategic Coach, to discuss his new book “Who Not How”. Sullivan, who’s coached thousands of entrepreneurs since 1974, discusses the importance of collaboration and understanding one’s own ‘Unique Abilities’ to achieve the four freedoms crucial to entrepreneurial success - the freedom of Time, Money, Relationships and Purpose.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale is a wildly popular college basketball broadcaster for ESPN. Known for his unbridled enthusiasm and charismatic delivery, Dickie V first coached high school basketball, then moved to Rutgers University, the University of Detroit, and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in a period of just nine years — before joining ESPN where he’s spent the last 40 years. Host Nick Nanton and Dick talk about the overwhelming support of Dick’s family and how it led him to undergoing corrective surgery. Nick and Dickie V also discuss the documentary they are working on together, raising money to battle pediatric cancer through the V Foundation, and his biggest failure in life involving a former player.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Quan Huynh

Quan Huynh is the post-release program manager for Defy Ventures — a non-profit that provides opportunities to men and women with criminal histories. Host Nick Nanton and Quan talk about his new book, “Sparrow and the Razor Wire,” which begins when Quan recieved a sentence of 15 years-to-life for killing a man in gang-related incident. Nick and Quan also discuss how he discovered a new path while being incarcerated that led to self-reflection and the ability to help those that may feel “stuck,” how joining and creating groups that do good in prison made Quan feel the best he ever had, and what he did during his final 150 days behind bars to officially move on.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton is a venture capitalist, author, managing partner of Backstage Capital and the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Fast Company — that isn’t an athlete or entertainer. Backstage Capital has raised more than $30 million and invested in more than 130 companies led by underestimated founders. Host Nick Nanton and Arlan discuss the types of educational companies she loves currently being created, how sitting front row at a Janet Jackson concert inspired her ideals and future career path, and what drove Arlan to start a fund to invest in the companies that were being overlooked. Nick and Arlan also talk about building Backstage Capital for three years before receiving any funding, her book, “It’s About Damn Time” which shares the principles of entrepreneurship, and the benefits of backing syndicate members via Backstage Crowd.

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Now To Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Alwyn Cosgrove

Recorded during the California wildfires, CEO of Results Fitness, Alwyn Cosgrove is one of the most respected fitness experts in the world — on top of being a business coach, author, and speaker. Host Nick Nanton and Alwyn discuss the reason Allwyn first got into Tae Kwon Do, how his entrepreneurial mindset spurned the idea of becoming a gym owner, and the rule of threes — that if you complain about something three times, you’re the person that needs to fix it or stop complaining. Nick and Alwyn also discuss writing the methodology to scale and differentiate his business, how one decision in business can change everything, aka the ripple effect, and either hiring and expert to help you or becoming that expert.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Steve Sims

What you see is what you get with Steve Sims. London-native Steve Sims is a massively successful serial entrepreneur and author that tells it likes it is but is still compassionate in his approach. Host Nick Nanton and Steve discuss the true and positive meaning of being a "hustler," imagining what you could achieve if you weren't afraid of trying, and how entrepreneurs are able to tweak a bad situation into a diamond situation. Nick and Steve also talk about learning the art of negotiating from Steve's days working in clubs, the reasons you should always ask “why" three times within a conversation, and how to become so valuable that famous people want to engage with you.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is the founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals — a global hunger charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education for more than 1.6 million of the world’s poorest children per day. Host Nick Nanton and Magnus discuss his second book — Give” Charity and the Art of Living Generously,” how any genuine act of charity will always involve a risk, and learning from the people he was trying to help. Magnus also talks about founding Scottish International Relief, empowering communities to volunteer their own time to cook and grow food, and how the business model has been replicated across 19 countries.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Todd Herman

Todd Herman is New York Times Best-Selling author, entrepreneur, business coach and mentor who has spent more than 20 years as a performance adviser to athletes and business executives at the highest level. Host Nick Nanton and Todd discuss his recovery from COVID-19, the principles behind Todd’s latest book — “The Alter Ego Effect,” and the importance of having a mentor. Nick and Todd also talk about the four layers of the core self, creating a secondary ego to reach new levels of performance as well as protecting yourself from criticism, and the language of peak-performance.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Joe De Sena

Joe de Sena is CEO and founder of Spartan Race, a New York Times best-seller, and a popular keynote speaker and podcast host. Host Nick Nanton and Joe discuss three business/life lessons that Joe got from the most unlikely of sources, the entrepreneurial mindset of serving first, and the evolution of Spartan Race. Nick and Joe also talk about the people that inspire Joe to get after it every day, work-life integration, the challenge of teaching persistence to children, and focusing on the things in life that you can control.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is an IT risk consultant, speaker, and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author of "The Bezos Letters." Host Nick Nanton and Steve talk about the 14 principles grouped into four cycles that Bezos references in his shareholder letters, Amazon’s culture of experimenting and inventing, and creating meaningful differentiation through Amazon Go and Kindle. Nick and Steve also discuss understanding your flywheel — Amazon’s secret sauce for to making their business grow, and the incremental differences between type one and type two decisions.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Chris Voss

Chris Voss is the CEO and founder of The Black Swan Group Ltd, a best-selling author, and the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator. Host Nick Nanton discusses Chris’ national best-selling book, "Never Split the Difference," the attributes that make a master negotiator, and empathy’s effect in business negotiations.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Keith Ferrazzi

Host Nick Nanton talks with New York Times Best-Selling author, Keith Ferrazzi, about the term he coined, “co-elevation,” why networking begins with providing enough value to people, and serve, share, care — the inspiration behind Keith's new book “Leading Without Authority.”

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Jay Abraham

In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, host Nick Nanton speaks with his longtime collaborator Jay Abraham. The pair break down 10 of Jay’s 21 all-important Power Principles of Success. Nick and Jay also answer questions in hopes of helping citizens of the world thrive through pillars of value and bounce back once the pandemic has passed. Jay also touches upon the current uncertainty surrounding the real estate market, establishing your superior skillset, and uncovering the real meaning of life.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton SPECIAL EDITION: Human Trafficking in Uncertain Times

Tim Ballard and Jessica Mass from Operation Underground Railroad join host Nick Nanton to share O.U.R.’s mission of saving children and seeking justice for those who victimize them. Committed to enhancing law enforcement efforts by providing resources where budget shortfalls prohibit, Tim and Jessica, shed light on the ever-present problem of child exploitation. With child pornography and human trafficking on the rise, O.U.R. shares the opportunities that exist to save lives and the aftercare program designed to make a better tomorrow for those affected.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Ross Thornley

Nick Nanton sits down with Ross Thornley, the CEO and co-founder of AQai. This purpose-driven conversation touches upon Ross' three key attributes — adaptability, assessments, and coaching. Ross, a relentlessly curious individual, discusses the possible outcomes of working remotely in a post-COVID-19 world — and how humans are built to adapt even in the most dire of situations.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Anthony Scaramucci

Probably best known as the former White House Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, is a brilliant guy with an incredible amount of grit, hustle, and life experiences. Learn about Anthony’s Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole (2016) — and why it’s more relevant today than ever. Written from his experiences during the previous financial downturn, Scaramucci gives you a primer on how to succeed in an unpredictable business market. Although Scaramucci believes you can't necessarily control what happens to your business, you can absolutely control how you react in the moment — and the ones that precede.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Andre Norman

Andre Norman sits down with Nick Nanton to discuss his new book, Ambassador of Hope. A #1 Amazon Bestseller, Andre details how he turned poverty and prison into a purpose-driven life. His life-changing true story provides motivation for a better tomorrow. Andre’s continuing mission is to spread awareness to the poor, the youth, and the professionals of the world.

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Addiction in Uncertain Times

Host Nick Nanton speaks with three of the foremost experts in addiction — Dr. Ned Hallowell, Dr. Andrew Nanton, and Joe Polish. Topics of discussion include addicts being unable to receive treatment due to the quarantine associated with COVID-19, how those affected by A.D.D. are currently dealing with isolation, and ways that people can support one another — not only through the toughest of times but daily, once the world resumes its traditional functions.

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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Keni Thomas: Leading in Uncertain Times

Host Nick Nanton talks with friend and former Army Ranger, Keni Thomas about a plethora of topics including The Battle of Mogadishu, which was the inspiration for the motion picture Black Hawk Down. Nick and Keni also discuss servant-leaders and how they can whiteboard a better America, building trust through Keni’s Downrange Advanced Leadership Course, and the importance of doing the right thing even when it’s hard.

Podcasts

Blog

December 1 2020

London-native Steve Sims is a massively successful serial entrepreneur and author who tells it just like it is… with a dash of compassion. As CEO of the exclusive personal concierge service, Bluefish, Steve has become to many a real-life “fairy god-father,” but in Harley attire. On my “N [...]
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November 18 2020

If you’ve ever felt stuck in a situation or life circumstances with no way out, you’ll appreciate Quan Huynh’s story. Author of Sparrow in the Razor Wire and a recent guest on my “Now to Next” podcast, Quan Huynh is the post-release program manager for Defy Ventures, a nonprofit [...]
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October 30 2020

The story of Arlan Hamilton is one of the most encouraging come-up stories that you’ll ever read/hear in your life. If you want an example of what the American Dream truly looks like, then she’s the cover girl: unbiased, relentless, and self-confident. Arlan is the founder of Backstage [...]
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October 9 2020

Some great ventures start with a grand plan. For Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, the global hunger charity that provides a daily meal with access to education for over 1.6 million of the world’s most impoverished children, the job found him instead of him planning [...]
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News

September 30 2020

The Multiple Emmy® Winning Director, Producer and Filmmaker, Nick Nanton,  is Set to Direct A New Documentary About The Sports Icon, Dick Vitale September 30, 2020 – Emmy® winning Director and Producer, Nick Nanton, has joined with DNA Films® and Abundance Studios to produce a new documentar [...]
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August 5 2020

“Slave Stealers,” A New Series Designed To Cast A Light On Slavery (Past and Present) Is Currently In Development Orlando, FL—August 5, 2020, StoweAway Productions, in conjunction with the Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, Tim Ballard, multiple Emmy® award winning Director/Pr [...]
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July 28 2020

“Choose Yourself: The James Altucher Story,” Premiered At Select Studio Movie Grill Locations Throughout The US Orlando, FL—July 28, 2020 – DNA Films, released the new documentary, directed by Emmy® award winning director, Nick Nanton, about the life of well-known hedge-fund manager, au [...]
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July 27 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nick Nanton, Central Florida Director, Wins 16th Emmy® Award for the Documentary “Folds of Honor” Orlando, FL – July 27, 2020 – The Heartland Emmy® Chapter hosted a virtual award ceremony on Saturday, July 25th, to honor the best of the best in the television industry [...]
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