Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

And now, Damon and Affleck are doing the same for projects from their Pearl Street Films.

Actor Michael B Jordan joined the movement last week when he announced he would add an inclusion rider for all projects created by his Outlier Society Productions banner. The whole thing was thrown into the spotlight by Frances McDormand during his Oscar speech, and already Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan have agreed to take on the clause in all future films.

Actress-educator Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, a childhood friend of the duo, who are coproducing her one-woman stage show, "One Drop of Love", tweeted the announcement Monday from the annual South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas.

An inclusion rider is a contract provision that compels producers to try to hire minorities, women and LGBTQ personnel in order to promote diversity.

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"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry."

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider", McDormand said, concluding her powerful acceptance speech after winning the best actress Oscar. But the concept, attributed to Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, is that contracts stipulate movies feature actors that represent the demographics of their settings, and that crew members behind the scenes come from diverse backgrounds.

"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".