Granada TV, NY Times set ‘Science’ docus

Learning Channel to bow skein

LONDON — Granada Television and the New York Times have unveiled the first fruit of their programming joint venture — “Science Times,” a documentary series based on the Times’ science section.

The series — eight to 12 one-hour programs every year for the next three years — is being made for the Learning Channel. Germany’s Kirch Media is the international co-producer.

Each installment will cover a single subject, everything from dinosaur fossil finds to uncovering forensic evidence in human rights abuses.

The show’s operations will be based in the Time’s newsroom, with TV producers working hand-in-hand with the newspaper’s reporters. Richard Flaste, who edited Science Times for eight years and is now the Time’s GM for TV, will oversee the unit.

Christian Gwinn, director of TV development for the Times, said Granada and the Times had still not determined a brand for their partnership, but added that another programming initiative would be announced within the next few weeks.