Travel Channel has named veteran TV exec Jane Latman as General Manager, expanding her current role with Discovery. Latman now will be responsible for the creative leadership and programming strategy for the 83 million subscriber network.
Latman will remain in Silver Spring, MD and continue to serve as EVP, development and research for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel and general manager of Destination America. She will continue to report to Henry Schleiff, Group President.
The move is part of the restructuring following the company’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, in which Travel Channel was added to Schleiff’s portfolio.
A 15-year veteran of programming and development at Discovery, Latman has been credited as the creative leader behind ID’srise from the #50 network a decade ago to the #1 network for W25-54, today.
“Jane is an unrivaled force in the television industry whose visionary creativity, natural leadership skills and passionate belief in collaboration make her one of the most, deservedly, respected executives in the industry,” said Schleiff. “I’m continually impressed by her ability to cultivate content that converts viewers into passionate fans – and, move a brand forward – a trait that will undoubtedly make her a successful steward at Travel Channel.”
Latman 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. 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, Web of Lies, Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, Vanity Fair Confidential, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall and Disappeared. Latman also developed the critically acclaimed documentary film Into the Abyss and subsequent television series On Death Row with Werner Herzog.
As general manager of Destination America, Latman oversees the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications, and online efforts for the growing brand. Under her stewardship, the network launched paranormal programming hits such as Paranormal Lockdown, Ghost Brothers, and Ghosts of Shepherdstown.
Previously, Latman was general manager at 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.