Richard Cormier -- former managing director of RIOT/Santa Monica and VP of commercial digital services at RIOT's parent company, the Ascent Media Group -- has joined New York's Nice Shoes as senior vice president. Cormier will also serve as managing director of Guava and Freestyle Collective following the retirement of Nice Shoes founder and partner Ed Patrowicz. ... Swedish director Johan Edström -- who works out of his own company, Apparat Film, in Stockholm -- has signed with Portland's Vinton Studios for U.S. representation. ... Engineer and sound designer Pete Kneser, formerly of Hyena Editorial, has joined Santa Monica audio post facility AudioBanks.