VFX powerhouse The Mill is opening an office in Santa Monica in January staffed by employees from existing London and New York offices along with local talent. ... Hollywood's north6 films, a division of bicoastal fashion print production company north6 announced it signed director team Rankin & Chris and French director Jean-Claude Thibaut. ... Chelsea Pictures signed director/photographer Lauren Greenfield. ... New York's Creative Bubble added David Cohen, formerly of Pure, as executive vice president, creative services. ... Sausalito's Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners added art directors Adrian Hilton and Steve Mapp, both to work as ACDs, Hilton on Converse (he was previously at Wieden + Kennedy/New York) and Mapp, formerly of Goodby Silverstein & Partners, to work on MINI. ... Minneapolis' Carmichael Lynch added Jarl Olsen, formerly a freelance writer and director, as an ACD and Doug Pedersen, formerly of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, as an art director. ... Music and sound company BWN and VFX house Gasket Studios moved into a new space in downtown Minneapolis.