Matt Damon, Ben Affleck's Production Company to Adopt Inclusion Rider

Carla Harmon
March 13, 2018

According to Variety, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that their Pearl Street company will adopt the inclusion rider agreement in all their future production deals.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni made the announcement on Monday night via Twitter at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

An inclusion rider is a contract provision that compels producers to try to hire minorities, women and LGBTQ personnel in order to promote diversity. It is a "contract clause for actors that would require filmmakers to meet diversity benchmarks in their cast and crew", the New York Times reported.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are taking Frances McDormand's advice. While the concept of inclusion riders has been around since 2014, it didn't start to get widespread attention until McDormand's Oscar acceptance speech-and even McDormand said that she only found out what inclusion riders were a week before winning her Oscar.

Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan was one of the first few celebrities to announce that he supports inclusion riders after McDormand's historic speech.

"For those of you asking about the #InclusionRider, it's created to ensure equitable hiring in supportive roles for women, POC, the LGBT community, & people w/disabilities", the tweet said.

At the Oscars, the Best Actress victor made headlines (and got a lot of people Googling) when she ended her acceptance speech with two words: "inclusion rider".

"She has been a champion, advocate and co-creator of the rider and we're thrilled that Pearl Street Films is adopting and countering on screen and behind the camera bias with this tool".

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