'Quick Draw' duo joins CBS News


NEW YORK - Josh Landis and Mitch Butler, creators of the online animated news series "The Quick Draw" on ABC.com, joined CBS News on Monday.

The duo will produce a similar version of the three to five-minute interstitials called "The Fast Draw" that will air on a variety of CBS news broadcasts including "The Early Show" and "CBS News Sunday Morning."

Landis, a veteran news writer and producer who was the head writer for ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson," will also serve as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network's 24/7 satellite newsgathering service for its stations and international broadcast clients.

"The Fast Draw" will explore and explain the major stories of the day using a combination of live action and cartoons, CBS said. "We're always looking for new ways to help our viewers understand the increasingly complex -- and sometimes confounding -- world around us," said Paul Friedman, senior vp, news coverage CBS News. "Josh and Mitch do that in a unique and informative way that will complement the strong reporting of our anchors and correspondents."

Landis was also a writer for ABC's "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," head writer of weekend "World News" and a writer for "Good Morning America." In addition, he served as a producer/writer for CNN and an associate producer for Fox News Channel.

"After working on traditional broadcasts for years, it's extremely liberating to let the audience in on complex ideas by illustrating them in the simplest of terms," Landis said. "No matter what the story is, we find a way to show and tell people exactly what's happening behind the headlines."

Butler is an award-winning cartoonist who has used his talents to explain nonfiction topics for Discovery Channel, PBS, and ABC News, among others. He has directed episodes of "G.I. Joe" for Hasbro and has created graphics for commercial projects from American Express, Pepsi, Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola. Butler has also taught graduate classes in animation and storytelling and has consulted with technology companies to develop animation software.

"Josh brings credibility, I bring chaos," Butler said. "He looks for relevant, I look for unique. Together, it works."