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Investigation Discovery Promotes Kevin Bennett to General Manager; Jane Latman to SVP Development

(Silver Spring, Md.) Kevin Bennett has been promoted to general manager, Investigation Discovery (ID) and retains responsibilities as senior vice president, programming and research ID, Destination America and Military Channel, effective immediately.  The announcement was made by Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery, Destination America and Military Channel, to whom Bennett reports.  In addition, Jane Latman has been promoted to senior vice president of development, Investigation Discovery, and will report to Bennett.

“Over the past year, Kevin has been my key business partner for growing ID into the #10 brand for women and Jane is the creative genius behind so many of our successful and highly addictive series,” said Schleiff.  “As integral members of my senior management team, and two of the most creative executives I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my career, our phenomenal 42 consecutive months of growth would not have been possible without their leadership and innovation.”

A 16-year programming and development veteran with Discovery Communications, Bennett has been instrumental in the management of multiple Discovery networks, including the team that created Investigation Discovery.  Before joining Schleiff’s senior management team to lead the centralized programming, scheduling and research division for ID, Destination America and Military Channel, Bennett was SVP of programming at Discovery Channel where he was responsible for planning, directing and executing the programming strategy for the flagship brand.  Prior to that, he was the key programming executive for ID and Military Channel, where he helped to launch many of the brands’ successful franchises, including On the Case With Paula Zhan, I (Almost) Got Away with It, Disappeared, Ultimate Weapons and Top Sniper.

Bennett received a master of arts in communication theory and research, and a bachelor of arts in communication studies, from West Virginia University.

Jane Latman is a nine-year veteran of Discovery Communications, where she has held key leadership roles at ID, Military Channel and Discovery Times Channel, developing such distinctive hit series as Deadly Affairs with Susan Lucci, Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Stalked: Someone’s Watching, Wicked Attraction, The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, Disappeared and I (Almost) Got Away with It and I Married a Mobster.  Prior to joining Discovery, Latman was an award-winning freelance producer, director and writer.  Latman began her career as a freelance theater director and is a graduate of Oberlin College with a bachelor of arts degree in theater and sociology.

About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is America’s leading investigation network and the fastest-growing network in television. As the source for fact-based analytical content and compelling human stories, ID probes factors that challenge our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. ID delivers the highest-quality programming to nearly 80 million U.S. households with viewer favorites that include On the Case with Paula Zahn, Disappeared, Unusual Suspects and Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets. For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories.

About Destination America
Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in nearly 59.5 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters, United States of Bacon, A Haunting, Cheating Vegas, and Buying Alaska. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica.  Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories.

About Military Channel
The Military Channel brings viewers compelling, real-world stories of valor, heroism, and courage from pivotal moments in American history, whether they were on the battlefield, in popular culture, or behind closed doors. Currently available in more than 60.5 million homes, the network incorporates the best state-of-the-art CGI animation, never-before-seen footage, and gripping interviews to offer in-depth explorations of the armed forces as well as seminal world events and iconic figures that shaped our nation’s history, including the Cold War, the struggle for Civil Rights, and the Space Race. For more information, please visit Military.Discovery.com, facebook.com/Military, or twitter.com/MilitaryChannel. Military Channel is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories.

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