American Race Production Bios


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Production Bios

Charles Barkley

Analyst, TNT’s Inside the NBA & Basketball Hall of Famer
Host & Executive Producer, TNT’s American Race

Charles Barkley is now in his 17th consecutive year as an analyst for TNT’s Sports Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA studio show.  Barkley, who has won two Sports Emmys in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst category, first joined Turner for the 2000-01 NBA season.  In 2016, the iconic Inside the NBA – with Barkley, long-time host Ernie Johnson and fellow analysts Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. 

In addition to his NBA responsibilities, Barkley will be a host and executive producer for TNT’s American Race in 2017. In American Race, Barkley takes a journey across the country to explore the issue of race from different angles and engage in thoughtful but spirited dialogue with a diverse cross section of Americans.

Prior to joining Turner, Barkley had a Hall of Fame career on the hardwood. Drafted fifth overall out of Auburn University by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, he spent 16 seasons in the NBA including the Sixers (1984-92), Phoenix Suns (1992-1996) and Houston Rockets (1996-2000). During that time, Barkley won the NBA MVP Award in 1993, was a five-time All-NBA first team selection and member of 11 NBA All-Star teams. Upon his retirement after the 1999-2000 season, Barkley was one of only four players in NBA history with at least 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists.

Barkley’s No. 34 has been retired by Auburn University, the 76ers and Suns. In addition to his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2008, Barkley is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2008) and is a member of Auburn’s All-Century Team as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (2001).

In 2015, Barkley was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award during Auburn University’s prestigious International Quality of Life Awards ceremony at the United Nations.  Auburn also announced a statue of Barkley to be erected in his honor on the campus.

Barkley has also authored four books: Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man? (2005), I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It (2002), Sir Charles (1995) and Outrageous! (1992). He has made numerous donations to the Auburn University Foundation, the Cornerstone Schools in Alabama, Leeds High School (his alma mater), Macedonia Baptist Church in Leeds, Ala. and the Minority Health & Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Lee Gaither

Executive Producer

Lee Gaither is a partner in KIN TV, the production studio founded by Charles Barkley, Marc Perman and Gaither in 2011 to foster positive storytelling that confronts the societal ills of race, culture and class in every genre and on every platform.

A veteran media executive and producer, Gaither has distinguished himself for more than 20 years with a broad skill-set that spans scripted, non-scripted, digital media and senior network management. As an executive and producer, Gaither has held posts at companies such as ABC, TV One, FOX, Disney Channel, USA Network, HBO and NBC/Universal.


Mark Perman

Executive Producer

Marc Perman is the president of Perman Management, Inc., a talent management and production company based in Los Angeles. For more than two decades, Perman was a talent agent specializing in commercial endorsements for sports, fashion and music personalities with major corporations around the world. He has also been a consultant on behalf of brands, with a focus on managing their celebrity relationships. Perman's past work includes working as an executive at IMG, The William Morris Agency, International Creative Management and J. Michael Bloom & Associates. He has also worked extensively with Charles Barkley, managing the "Barkley Brand" since the NBA legend's early days as a professional basketball player.


Dan Partland

Executive Producer

Dan Partland is writer/producer of both scripted and unscripted films and television. His work has found success in theatrical, art-house, cable and network outlets and includes several landmark films in American independent cinema.

Partland's recent work in unscripted television spans nearly all non-fiction genres. In the 15 years that the Emmys® have recognized primetime nonfiction series, his shows have been nominated for best in class five times in three different sub-genres: Reality, Nonfiction and Documentary. Partland has twice won nonfiction series Emmys and in 2011 and 2012 was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Nonfiction Producer of the Year.

In 2014, Partland's work spanned several nonfiction genres as he produced and directed How to Raise an Olympian, a winter Olympics special for NBC's Winter Olympics coverage and served as showrunner for the multi-award-winning CNN archival series The Sixties and the A&E reality series Godfather of Pittsburgh.

Partland was the executive producer and showrunner for A&E's Intervention through more than 150 episodes. He joined the series after its second season and brought the show to new heights in ratings and acclaim, garnering countless awards and accolades, including the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Series. Further exploring the redemptive space, Partland created A&E's Relapse, which featured the leading experts in relapse prevention/ and aftercare known as "sober coaching." He also created Animal Planet's Confessions: Animal Hoarding, which focused on a task-force approach to bringing meaningful help to chronic animal hoarders who would otherwise be facing legal jeopardy.

In 2001, Partland won the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program – Reality for his work on the groundbreaking 13-part reality series American High for FOX. Partland served as the supervising producer and a director of the critically acclaimed show that is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of the current docu-soap genre.

Prior to his years in television, Partland ran the New York Indie Shingle Other Pictures, from which he produced five feature films and countless commercials and music videos throughout the '90s. His indie features include Welcome to the Dollhouse, directed by Todd Solondz, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Fiction Feature in 1996, and the documentary feature The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, directed by Aiyana Elliott, which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2000 and an Independent Spirit Award.

Partland spent the early days of his career working under Albert Maysles, a founding filmmaker of the cinema verité movement. While on staff at Maysles Films, Partland worked on the dozens of cinema verité films and television commercials that the legendary company produced during his tenure.

In addition to serving as executive producer and showrunner for TNT's American Race, Partland is currently president of the newly formed Doc Shop Productions.