Frank Cardea
Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner, NCIS

Hometown: Connecticut

July 2019

Frank Cardea’s show business career began in 1976 when Paramount Pictures transferred him from New York to Los Angeles to head up production finance. After three years in the executive ranks, he moved into television production where he was involved in pilots and mini-series, including the Emmy Award-winning “Shogun.”

In 1977 Cardea partnered with George Schenck to create and executive produce television pilots. The two wrote and produced five network series, including “Bring ‘Em Back Alive,” “Crazy Like A Fox,” “Pros & Cons,” “Search & Rescue” and “The Great Defender.” Over the next 20 years, Cardea and Schenck had overall development deals at Columbia TV, MGM/UA, Lorimar/Warner Bros., NBC and MTM, and they were the showrunners for several network and syndicated shows, including “The Cosby Mysteries.”

After two years as consulting producers on “Hack,” on the Network, Cardea and Schenck joined NCIS.

Born in Connecticut, Cardea now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.