Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to support inclusion riders in future deals

Joann Johnston
March 13, 2018

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who jointly run the production company Pearl Street Company, are reportedly set to include the inclusion rider in their future projects. 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.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films tweeted in response to Jordan on Monday night.

" Two days later, Black Panther thirst trap Michael B. Jordan announced he'd be adding an inclusion rider to future projects at his production company, Outlier Society".

In a statement to Variety, Smith and Kalpana Kotagal, one of the lawyers working on the inclusion riders, said of the Pearl Street Films announcement, "It's great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team using their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry".

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"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".

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

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". "Look around, ladies and gentlemen!"

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