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


Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig have said they'll adopt Inclusion Riders for their films.

The news comes from the company's head of strategic outreach Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, who responded on Twitter to Michael B. Jordan's recent announcement that he would be adopting the inclusion rider.

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The producing partners will use the riders, which allow actors to require diversity in the cast and crew of a film production as part of their contracts, in future projects through their company Pearl Street Films. ― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, March 14 ― Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said yesterday that his production company was adding an inclusion rider for future shows, the latest Hollywood figure to take up the call for more diversity on movie and television sets.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Cox DiGiovanni tweeted. An inclusion rider would stipulate that the cast or crew of a film include some number of women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals, or others.

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"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen", she concluded. She's also on the board of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the think tank housed at the University of Southern California that was, conveniently, founded by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, the co-originator of the official inclusion rider.

Accepting the best actress Oscar for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" earlier this month, McDormand said: "We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

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Affleck - who won a best picture Oscar as a producer of "Argo" (2015) and shared an original-screenplay Oscar with Damon for writing "Good Will Hunting" (1997) - has not commented publicly.