* Picture Park, the San Francisco-based production company, has launched a new division. Bad Company will be dedicated to representing musicians for commercials and music videos. The startup roster includes Devo co-founder and current Picture Park director Gerald Casale, Les Claypool of Bay Area-based band Primus, and Cake frontman John McCrea.
* Complete Pandemonium has signed Jacob Kornbluth, director of Haiku Tunnel, a first feature that was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Pandemonium also produced Kornbluth's debut, the first feature for the San Francisco-based production house.
* Optimus, the Chicago-based finishing house, has acquired offline editorial firm Edit Sweet, also of Chicago. As a result of the deal, Optimus will open an office in Los Angeles.
* Headquarters director Sean Mullens is now represented by BrandTV, a Headquarters satellite, launched this summer by executive producer Bryan Farhy. In addition to being featured in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at this year's International Advertising Festival in Cannes, Mullens recently directed a risque spot for Nintendo via Leo Burnett/Chicago and a Bronze Lion-winning campaign for Ground Zero and ESPN.
* Riot/Manhattan's former head of broadcast design/creative director Micha Riss and producer Doron Tadmor have left the New York-based post house to launch Meccanica, an independent broadcast design firm.
* Nonfiction Spots director and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple has completed a pair of commercials for GlaxoSmithKline, via McCann-Erickson, for Paxil. Kopple won Academy Awards for her documentaries Harlan County USA and American Dream. The Santa Monica-based production house has also added another award-winner to its stable of documentary filmmakers by signing Stacy Peralta, whose survey of the late-'70s Los Angeles skateboarding scene won an award for best documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
* Liquid Design Group, a New York-based design firm, has changed its name to Ultraviolet. The renamed shop will focus exclusively on broadcast design.