14 Aug 2013

Johnsons TV drama to screen in US

9:38 pm on 14 August 2013

The Almighty Johnsons, a TV drama series made in New Zealand, has been sold to a US cable television channel, SyFy.

It is the first time a series produced in New Zealand will be shown on American TV in its original format.

South Pacific Pictures chairman John Barnet said SyFy is a popular channel in the United States with a loyal following.

Mr Barnett, says US networks usually only buy the format and produce their own version.

"This is the first New Zealand story produced here with all New Zealand actors speaking in New Zealand accents and a contemporary series - so we're absolutely thrilled."

Mr Barnett says the series, about a group of brothers with the powers of Norse Gods, is already playing in Australia, Britain and Canada.

The Almighty Johnsons is in its third season.