Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders for future production deals

Larry Hoffman
March 14, 2018

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.

The movement comes just one week after Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, on Sunday, March 4, and brought the concept to light.

USC Annenberg's Stacy Smith proposed inclusion riders in a column at The Hollywood Reporter in 2014.

Jordan announced last week that his production company, Outlier Society, would also begin adopting inclusion riders, and yesterday it was announced that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company, Pearl Street, would do the same.

The term refers to a clause that can be written into an actor's contract, requiring "at least 50% diversity, not only in casting but also [in] the crew".

In her tweet, Cox DiGiovanni thanked Jordan "for always supporting broader representation in the industry". And now, his decision has directly inspired a few more big stars: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider", McDormand said, concluding her powerful acceptance speech after winning the best actress Oscar.

Damon put his foot his mouth multiple times in an attempt to voice his opinions on the scandal involving his frequent film collaborator Harvey Weinstein, while Affleck followed in his brother Casey's steps and was accused of sexual misconduct himself. McDormand said. "Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed". A clip of Damon explaining diversity to producer Effie Brown on Project Greenlight went viral back in 2015.

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