Gallery: NCIS: Sydney launch

Cast mingled with members of the NCIS, Australian Federal Police, Royal Australian Navy and Paramount CBS execs last night in Sydney.

The cast of NCIS: Sydney celebrated the launch of the new Australian series last night at an event at View by Sydney, Walsh Bay.

Olivia Swann (NCIS Special Agent Michelle Mackey), Todd Lasance (Sergeant Jim “JD” Dempsey), Sean Sagar (NCIS Special Agent, DeShawn Jackson), Tuuli Narkle (AFP Liaison Officer, Constable Evie Cooper), and Mavournee Hazel (AFP Forensic Scientist, Bluebird ‘Blue’ Gleeson), arrived at the launch event on board a luxury superyacht.

Joining the cast were Executive Vice President, Chief Content Officer & Head of Paramount+ Paramount ANZ, Beverley McGarvey; EVP, Chief Operating & Commercial Officer & Regional Lead Paramount ANZ, Jarrod Villani; President & CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News & Sports, Paramount+, George Cheeks; President, CBS Studios, David Stapf; and President, Broadcast & Studios International Paramount, Maria Kyriacou.

Also in attendance were Endemol Shine Australia Executive Producers of NCIS: Sydney, Sara Richardson, Sue Seeary and Michele Bennett, including Creator Morgan O’Neill, representatives from the NCIS, Australian Federal Police, and Royal Australian Navy.

Angela Bishop hosted the night, interviewing Paramount Global executives George Cheeks and David Stapf; Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AO, NCIS: Sydney Executive Producer/Creator Endemol Shine Australia Morgan O’Neill and cast Olivia Swann and Todd Lasance, in front of media, network personalities, social media influencers and industry guests.

George Cheeks said, “In looking to expand the NCIS universe, Sydney was the perfect backdrop for our first international version. When you watch the show, you’ll see this dynamic, vibrant beautiful city is more than just a location. It’s a character in the series. The DNA of NCIS is heart, humour, and compelling storytelling. It’s a family dynamic, both in front of and behind the camera. So welcome to the NCIS family.

“There are so many people and organisations that got us to this exciting moment tonight. Beverley (McGarvey) and Paramount+ and Network 10 teams, your amazing collaboration from day one was instrumental in turning this dream into reality. To Admiral Hammond, and with all of our partners with the Royal Australian Navy, we’re eternally grateful for the access and counsel you gave this production. It brought scale and it brought authenticity. And we’re lucky to have Endemol Shine Australia as our producing partner. They’re the best of best. To Morgan, Sarah, Sue and the entire crew and creative team you’ve done such a phenomenal job bringing to light what makes NCIS so special, while also making NCIS: Sydney distinct and unique in its own right.

“And this amazing cast I got the pleasure of spending some time with yesterday. The fans love their NCIS characters and now you’re part of this universe so please, please enjoy the ride. So big congrats to everybody who played a role in creating NCIS: Sydney. I cannot wait for the fans to see your incredible work.”

NCIS: Sydney is now screening on Paramount+.

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