Ridenhour writes new chapter at APA

Veteran lit manager, producer joins as agent

Veteran literary manager and producer Chris Ridenhour has joined APA as an agent in their feature literary department with a focus on emerging screenwriters and directors.

Ridenhour will report to David Saunders, exec VP and partner in charge of feature literary.

Ridenhour has been a partner at Prolific Entertainment, where he established the West Coast office of the start-up management and production company. Deals included setting up Darren Bousman’s “The Bystander Effect” to Strange Weather Films and Bedrock Studios; Stephen Susco’s “The Brink” pilot deal at Starz with Gore Verbinski; Tobe Hooper’s directing deal for “Djinn” at ImageNation; writing deals for client Matt Venne on a feature project for J.J. Abrams at Paramount and setting up Clive Barker’s “Arabat” book series.

Ridenhour spent seven years serving as a literary manager and producer at Evolution Entertainment, where he repped Bousman on three “Saw” movies; Clive Barker; Hooper; Joe Harris on “Darkness Falls”; Susco on “The Grudge” and Jake Wade Wall on “When a Stranger Calls” and “The Hitcher.”

Ridenhour also co-exec produced “Tennessee,” starring Mariah Carey and produced by Lee Daniels, and co-produced the suspenser “Red,” written by Susco and starring Brian Cox.

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