Strictly Business Podcast: Group Nine’s Ben Lerer on How Digital Publishers Deal with Facebook

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It’s not easy for any digital publisher to make money in the age of the very powerful platforms that dictate the terms of the content business. Despite the challenges, Group Nine CEO Ben Lerer is sanguine about the future of the digital media ecosystem. In the latest episode of Variety‘s “Strictly Business” podcast, Lerer acknowledges […]

‘Naked and Afraid’: Anthony Battles a ‘Freakin’ Pissed’ Poisonous Fer-de-Lance Snake (Exclusive Video)

There are deadly, poisonous snakes — and then there is the fer-de-lance.

On Sunday’s season finale of “Naked and Afraid, ” entitled “Pick Your Poison,” search and rescue expert Anthony and mother-of-four Suzänne are fending for themselves in the jungles of Brazil. Among them are swarming wasps, deadly anacondas, poisonous toads and venomous stingrays. And a “freakin’ pissed” fer-de-lance snake.

In the clip above, which is exclusive to TheWrap, the pair come across one of the deadliest reptiles known to man, and Anthony uses his survival experience to try to kill it before it can kill them. Oh, and so they can eat it. When he goes in to battle, Suzanne gives him this sage advice, “Do. Not. Get. Bit.”

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For the uninitiated, here is how the series works: Over 21 days, two complete strangers are paired together and tasked to survive against the relentless elements of the wild. Hungry predators, volatile climates, and scarce food and water are just baseline challenges… and they’re in the buff.

“Naked and Afraid” is produced for Discovery Channel by Renegade 83; David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Steve Rankin and Mathilde Bittner are executive producers. For Discovery, Joseph Boyle and Michael Gara are executive producers and Greg Wolf is coordinating producer.

Watch the clip above.

The “Naked and Afraid” season finale airs tonight, Sunday, at 9/8c on Discovery, and new episodes of “Naked and Afraid XL All-Stars” continue at 10/9 c.

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There are deadly, poisonous snakes — and then there is the fer-de-lance.

On Sunday’s season finale of “Naked and Afraid, ” entitled “Pick Your Poison,” search and rescue expert Anthony and mother-of-four Suzänne are fending for themselves in the jungles of Brazil. Among them are swarming wasps, deadly anacondas, poisonous toads and venomous stingrays. And a “freakin’ pissed” fer-de-lance snake.

In the clip above, which is exclusive to TheWrap, the pair come across one of the deadliest reptiles known to man, and Anthony uses his survival experience to try to kill it before it can kill them. Oh, and so they can eat it. When he goes in to battle, Suzanne gives him this sage advice, “Do. Not. Get. Bit.”

For the uninitiated, here is how the series works: Over 21 days, two complete strangers are paired together and tasked to survive against the relentless elements of the wild. Hungry predators, volatile climates, and scarce food and water are just baseline challenges… and they’re in the buff.

“Naked and Afraid” is produced for Discovery Channel by Renegade 83; David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe, Steve Rankin and Mathilde Bittner are executive producers. For Discovery, Joseph Boyle and Michael Gara are executive producers and Greg Wolf is coordinating producer.

Watch the clip above.

The “Naked and Afraid” season finale airs tonight, Sunday, at 9/8c on Discovery, and new episodes of “Naked and Afraid XL All-Stars” continue at 10/9 c.

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Jane Latman Named Travel Channel GM

Jane Latman has been named general manager of Travel Channel. She carries the same title at Destination America.

“Jane is an unrivaled force in the television industry whose visionary creativity, natural leadership skills and passionate belief in collaboration make her one of the most, deservedly, respected executives in the industry,” said her boss, Henry Schleiff. “I’m continually impressed by her ability to cultivate content that converts viewers into passionate fans – and, move a brand forward — a trait that will undoubtedly make her a successful steward at Travel Channel.”

Latman is also an executive vice president of Development and Research at Discovery’s ID and American Heroes Channel. She’ll continue to work in Silver Springs, Maryland.

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Below is Latman’s full bio, per Discovery, Inc.:

Jane Latman has worked in non-fiction television for more than 20 years and has been at Discovery, Inc. 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 astounding growth. Many of her series have become the network’s top hits, including “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda,” “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” “A Crime to Remember,” the “American Murder Mystery” franchise, “Web of Lies,” “Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen,” “Vanity Fair Confidential,” “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” and “Disappeared.” Latman also developed the critically acclaimed documentary film Into the Abyss and subsequent television series “On Death Row” with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog.

As general manager of Destination America, Latman oversees the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications, and online efforts for this growing brand. Under her stewardship, the network successfully launched paranormal programming hits such as “Paranormal Lockdown,” “Ghost Brothers,” and “Ghosts of Shepherdstown.”

Previously, Latman was general manager at Discovery Life Channel where she championed the network’s transition from Discovery Fit & Health and oversaw a diverse slate of lifestyle and medical programming, including the groundbreaking series “New Girls on the Block,” the first television series to embed with a group of friends within the transgender community.

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. An adventure-seeker at heart, Latman travels often with her husband and son.

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Jane Latman has been named general manager of Travel Channel. She carries the same title at Destination America.

“Jane is an unrivaled force in the television industry whose visionary creativity, natural leadership skills and passionate belief in collaboration make her one of the most, deservedly, respected executives in the industry,” said her boss, Henry Schleiff. “I’m continually impressed by her ability to cultivate content that converts viewers into passionate fans – and, move a brand forward — a trait that will undoubtedly make her a successful steward at Travel Channel.”

Latman is also an executive vice president of Development and Research at Discovery’s ID and American Heroes Channel. She’ll continue to work in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Below is Latman’s full bio, per Discovery, Inc.:

Jane Latman has worked in non-fiction television for more than 20 years and has been at Discovery, Inc. 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 astounding growth. Many of her series have become the network’s top hits, including “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda,” “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” “A Crime to Remember,” the “American Murder Mystery” franchise, “Web of Lies,” “Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen,” “Vanity Fair Confidential,” “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” and “Disappeared.” Latman also developed the critically acclaimed documentary film Into the Abyss and subsequent television series “On Death Row” with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog.

As general manager of Destination America, Latman oversees the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications, and online efforts for this growing brand. Under her stewardship, the network successfully launched paranormal programming hits such as “Paranormal Lockdown,” “Ghost Brothers,” and “Ghosts of Shepherdstown.”

Previously, Latman was general manager at Discovery Life Channel where she championed the network’s transition from Discovery Fit & Health and oversaw a diverse slate of lifestyle and medical programming, including the groundbreaking series “New Girls on the Block,” the first television series to embed with a group of friends within the transgender community.

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. An adventure-seeker at heart, Latman travels often with her husband and son.

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