9:20am PT by Rick Porter
HGTV Names Jane Latman as New President
There's been a change at the top of HGTV, with veteran Discovery executive Jane Latman taking over as president of the cable network.
Latman is moving to HGTV from Travel Channel and Destination America, where she was general manager; she was also executive vp development and research at ID. She replaces Allison Page, who earlier this month was named head of Discovery's new venture with former HGTV stars Joanna and Chip Gaines.
Latman will report to Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brands officer at Discovery.
"Jane understands how to grab and hold viewers' attention, as evidenced by her tremendous track record of success with Investigation Discovery and, most recently as general manager of Travel Channel,” Finch said Wednesday in a statement. "I am thrilled to have Jane and her expertise at the helm of HGTV, one of the most iconic, successful and well-loved brands in all of media."
Said Latman, "This is truly a dream job to lead the terrific team at a passion brand like HGTV. I am delighted at the opportunity to work with some of the most creative and focused storytellers in the business and take HGTV to even greater heights."
Latman has been with Discovery since 2003, when she joined what was then called the Discovery Times Channel. When it rebranded as Investigation Discovery in 2008, she was instrumental in designing the content for the true crime-focused channel that has helped fuel its growth in recent years: Among the shows she developed for ID are Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, On the Case With Paula Zahn, Disappeared and the American Murder Mystery franchise.
"Jane is a terrific creative executive with a proven ability to build strong formats, long-running hit series and superfan brands that nourish passionate audiences," said Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. "With Jane's promotion, we are pairing a talented leader with one of our top lifestyle brands, and I look forward to seeing where she, Kathleen and team take HGTV next."
HGTV, along with Food Network and Travel Channel, came under the Discovery umbrella in March 2018 following the latter's acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
Variety first reported the news.