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.