Jane Latman serves as president of HGTV for Discovery, Inc. where she oversees all programming, development, and overall strategy and operations for the network. HGTV currently ranks as the #1 non-news cable network for W25-54 in total day and the #4 non-news cable network for P25-54 in total day. It also is a top 5 cable network in prime for W25-54. It also is a top 5 cable network in prime for W25-54. Latman helped develop a content strategy that delivers more buzzworthy tentpole series as well as an expanded roster of franchises and fan favorites. On her watch, blockbuster hits like A Very Brady Renovation, Rock the Block, the reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and, most recently, the ratings record-breakers Celebrity IOU, Renovation Island and Windy City Rehab are just a few of the series that keep HGTV at the top of its game.
Prior to leading HGTV, Latman held tandem roles as general manager, Travel Channel, and executive vice president of development and research for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel. 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.
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 the PBS miniseries Stealing Time: The Science of Aging.