Ben Affleck And Matt Damon's Production Company Adopts Inclusion Rider

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

The producing partners will use the riders, which allow actors to require diversity in the cast and crew of a film production as part of their contracts, in future projects through their company Pearl Street Films.

Frances McDormand brought up the term in her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars, where she called for greater equality in the film industry.

The news was announced on Twitter by the company's head of strategic outreach Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni in response to a tweet from Michael B. Jordan in which he announced his own production company would be adopting the rider. "@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry".

"In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society", Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.

Cox DiGiovanni had previously helped to create the inclusion rider clause recently popularised by Frances McDormand at the Oscars.

On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here. But the concept, attributed to Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, is that contracts stipulate movies feature actors that represent the demographics of their settings, and that crew members behind the scenes come from diverse backgrounds. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed", she said. She concluded her speech with: "I have two words for you: inclusion rider".

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