January 8, 2008 / 1:14 PM / in 10 years

CBS News hires ABC.com animation duo

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The creators of ABC.com’s animated news series “The Quick Draw” have joined CBS News, where they will produce a similar version of the three to five-minute interstitials.

“The Fast Draw,” from Josh Landis and Mitch Butler, will explore and explain the major stories of the day using a combination of live action and cartoons, CBS said. It will air on a variety of CBS news broadcasts including “The Early Show” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”

“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,” said Landis, who was the head writer for ABC’s “World News With Charles Gibson.” “No matter what the story is, we find a way to show and tell people exactly what’s happening behind the headlines.”

Butler has also used his cartoon talents to explain nonfiction topics for Discovery Channel and PBS. 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.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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