GM - Destination America and SVP, Development - Investigation Discovery
Shadow Jane Latman for a day and you could be sitting in on a pitch session with famed filmmaker Errol Morris; a robust discussion of which death row inmate should be interviewed by Werner Herzog; a quick check in about access to Whitey Bulger's former girlfriend; and a brainstorm around the who's who of jilted Hollywood starlets to host a Valentine's Day special. The subjects may be dark but, as Senior Vice President of Program Development for Investigation Discovery, Latman is an integral member of the leadership team for America's fastest growing network. She keeps the darkness at bay with stimulating duties that run the gamut from seeking out A-list filmmaking talent to developing a rogue's gallery of the criminal element.
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 rebrand Discovery Times in Investigation Discovery, giving her the challenging privilege of designing content for the new network that would ultimately become hit series that continue to perform today - for example: Wicked Attraction, Fatal Encounters, I (Almost) Got Away With it, and I Married A Mobster.
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 PBS's miniseries Stealing Time: the Science of Aging. Before launching her television career, Latman was a freelance theater director in Washington, D.C., specializing in the development of new plays.