Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company adopting inclusion riders

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

Producing partners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that they will adopt the inclusion rider agreement in all their future production deals through their Pearl Street company.

An inclusion rider is a contract provision that compels producers to try to hire minorities, women and LGBTQ personnel in order to promote diversity.

Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan later pledged to insert an inclusion rider clause into his future movie contracts, with Cox DiGiovanni now sharing Affleck and Damon's announcement in response to that news.

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The concept was developed by Dr Stacy Smith, with a clause requiring the cast and crew to be diverse in order to retain the actor. "On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Afflect, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward".

"Franssen's leadership in developing and rolling out the inclusion rider began the first day we met in February 2016". The term reached wide public consciousness earlier this month at the 90th Academy Awards, when best-actress victor Frances McDormand noted it in her acceptance speech. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed", she said. "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight".

Frances McDormand really set Hollywood's talking point for the next year when she ended her best actress acceptance speech at this year's Oscars with these two words: "inclusion rider". Onscreen, specifically, the goal is to reach at least 50 percent gender parity, with 40 percent inclusion for people of color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion, and 20 percent disabled inclusion.

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