Veteran Discovery executive Jane Latman has been named president of HGTV, said network officials.
Effective immediately Latman will oversee all programming, development and overall strategy and operations for the home design-themed network. She replaces former HGTV president Allison Page, who was recently named President of Discovery’s joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Latman, who will relocate from Silver Spring, Maryland to New York later this year, will report to Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer at Discovery.
Latman has served as general manager of Travel Channel as well as executive vice president of development and research for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and as general manager of Destination America. During Latman’s term as general manager of Travel Channel, the network has seen a rapid transformation, posting its best year ever in 2018 among A25-54, W25-54, P2+ and Households in Primetime, according to 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,” said Finch 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.”
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