Monday, 25 June, 2018

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

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck follow Michael B. Jordan and adopt inclusion riders Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have adopted inclusion riders
Nicole Thomas | 13 March, 2018, 21:29

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are taking Frances McDormand's advice.

It comes after Three Billboards star Frances McDormand issued a rallying cry to Hollywood as she collected her Oscar for Best Actress, telling the audience: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider".

The inclusion rider agreement will be adopted by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in production deals they plan to make in the future through their company.

An inclusion rider, McDormand later explained to the press backstage, "means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50% diversity, not only in casting but also [in] the crew".

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

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Jordan had previously confirmed the news on Instagram: 'In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society.

In her acceptance speech, McDormand honoured the other women who were nominated in various categories.

The heightened buzz prompted the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, founded by University of Southern California professor Stacy Smith, who floated the idea of inclusion riders in 2016, to tweet out a quick explainer on the term.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Cox DiGiovanni tweeted.

"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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