Jane Latman serves as president of HGTV for Discovery, Inc. where she oversees all programming, development, and overall strategy and operations for HGTV, the #1 network for upscale women. Previously, Latman held tandem roles as GM of Travel Channel, and executive vice president of development and research for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and as GM of Destination America. She played a pivotal role in driving ID’s meteoric rise from the #50 network a decade ago to the #1 network for W25-54 in total day and #1 in cable in length of tune for seven years running.
Latman has worked in nonfiction television for more than 20 years and has been with Discovery since 2003, when she joined the programming department for what was then the Discovery Times Channel. After a stint in development for the Military Channel, Latman was tapped to help transition Discovery Times to Investigation Discovery, giving her the challenging privilege of designing content for the network that would ultimately drive its astounding growth. Many of her series have become the network’s top hits, including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, On the Case with Paula Zahn, A Crime to Remember, the American Murder Mystery franchise, Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, Vanity Fair Confidential, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, Disappeared and In Pursuit with John Walsh. Latman also developed the critically acclaimed documentary film Into the Abyss and subsequent television series On Death Row with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog.
Also during her Discovery tenure, Latman oversaw the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications, and digital efforts for Destination America, and the launch of such programming hits as Paranormal Lockdown, Ghost Brothers, and Ghosts of Shepherdstown.
Previously, Latman was general manager of Discovery Life Channel where she championed the network’s transition from Discovery Fit & Health and oversaw a diverse slate of lifestyle and medical programming, including the groundbreaking series New Girls on the Block, the first television series to embed with a group of friends within the transgender community.
Prior to joining Discovery, Latman was a freelance producer, director, and writer for projects that included the award-winning series Nurses for Discovery Health Channel and Understanding Obesity for The Learning Channel’s acclaimed Understanding… series. She also did development work for a variety of ventures including PBS’s miniseries Stealing Time: The Science of Aging.