EVP, Development & Research, Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel
A 15-year veteran of programming and development at Discovery Inc., Jane Latman currently holds a dual executive role as general manager of Travel Channel/Destination America and executive vice president of development and research for Investigation Discovery.
Leading the Travel Channel team, Latman has overseen a transition in the established brand to appeal to adventurers who embrace the thrill of the unexpected. Capitalizing on the tremendous success of the hit franchise Ghost Adventures, Latman has ushered in an expanded slate of content, including the weekly Haunted Live, resulting in almost immediate double-digit audience growth.
As a critical part of the executive team for Investigation Discovery, Latman leads a fierce and innovative department that is the creative force developing and monitoring the success of true crime and justice content. With her strategic guidance and creative vision, ID develops hundreds of hours of content each year which has propelled the network from #50 for women in 2008 to the #1 network for women in of ad-supported cable, today.
Latman is known for finding ways to push the ID brand in unexpected and innovative ways to super-serve fans of true crime content. Latman is responsible for bringing key talent to ID in series like Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, Barbara Walters Presents:American Scandals, Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, and the upcoming In Pursuit with John Walsh.
Latman has worked in non-fiction television for more than 20 years and has been at Discovery Communications 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 propel it to growth. Many of her series became hits and continue to perform today, including On the Case with Paula Zahn, A Crime to Remember and Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. 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 television producer, developer and writer, with programs that aired on Discovery Health, The Learning Channel and PBS. Before launching her television career, Latman was a freelance theater director in Washington, D.C., specializing in the development of new plays.