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

Lawrence Kim
March 13, 2018

On Monday, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production partner Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni announced they - along with Jennifer Todd and Drew Vinton - would be adopting inclusion riders for all future production deals at Pearl Street company.

On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

"We all have stories to tell and we need finance", McDormand said. The move came a week after Frances McDorrmand sparked interest and support for the term after she concluded her Oscars best actress acceptance speech by saying, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider".

Michael B. Jordan announced on March 7 that he would add the inclusion rider to all projects produced by his company, Outlier Society Productions. 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. "@michaelb4jordan 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. See her tweet in full below.

No word on whether Affleck and Damon are also applying an inclusion rider to every acting project, or only their production company.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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