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HGTV head Jane Latman to take over Food Network as president

U.S.-based Food Network didn’t have to look far for its new president. As current topper Courtney White departs to launch her own company – Butternut Films – a new president has been ...
March 14, 2022

U.S.-based Food Network didn’t have to look far for its new president.

As current topper Courtney White departs to launch her own company – Butternut Films – a new president has been found in Jane Latman. Latman, who currently serves as President of HGTV and Streaming Home Content, is set to take on the added responsibilities of Food Network and Streaming Food Content as of April 30.

During her tenure, outgoing president White launched top-rated series like Buddy vs. Duff, Tournament of Champions and Girl Meets Farm, along with last year’s scripted feature Candy Coated Christmas. She led Food Network for four years, and held senior content roles at HGTV and Travel Channel.

New head Latman will continue to report to Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery.

“Jane has more than proven her leadership skills at HGTV where, so far this year, she leads the industry in launching six of the top 20 freshman hits among A25-54 — more than any other cable network,” said Finch. “She is the perfect choice to lead our important food and home content businesses and I’m confident she will bring the same creative magic to Food Network that she has to HGTV.”

Latman, who has a long history at Discovery, joined HGTV in 2019 to help develop a content strategy that delivered buzz-worthy tentpole series, as well as an expanded roster of franchises and fan favorites. Prior to HGTV, Latman held tandem roles as GM at Travel Channel and EVP of development and research for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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