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

Angelo Anderson
March 13, 2018

On Monday, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni-the head of strategic outreach at Pearl Street Films, Damon and Affleck's production company-tweeted at Jordan, saying that the company would be following in his footsteps and adopting the rider as well.

Inclusion riders, contractual clauses whereby actors or executives can demand diverse cast and crew members on a project, hit the headlines earlier this month (Mar18) after Best Actress victor Frances McDormand asked stars to adopt them in her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards.

Michael, 30, was the first major star to formally announce he planned to heed Frances' call to support inclusion riders.

She asked for all the female nominees in the room at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to stand, and then said: "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed". "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight". Invite us into our office in a couple of days - or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them. 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".

The clause, which can be added to actors' contracts at their request, has been around since 2016 and was co-created by University of Southern California communications professor Dr. Stacy Smith, civil rights and employment practice attorney Kalpana Kotagal as well as Cox DiGiovanni.

The Pearl Street Films company will adopt the inclusion rider for all of its projects moving forward, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

"I have two words for you: Inclusion rider".

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