Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders

Paul Feig is the latest filmmaker to adopt an inclusion rider for his projects that are set to be produced under his banner, Feigco Entertainment.

An idea floated by Frances McDormand at the Academy Awards to boost gender and racial diversity in films is being adopted by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Damon and Affleck's production company Pearl Street Films said on Monday it was adopting the inclusion rider, and Jordan said last week that his company Outlier Productions would do the same.

USC Annenberg's Stacy Smith proposed inclusion riders in a column at The Hollywood Reporter in 2014.

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Revisit McDormand's Oscar speech below.

"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. An inclusion rider would stipulate that the cast or crew of a film include some number of women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals, or others.

It's basically a clause that can be added into any actor's contract that states at least 50% of the cast and crew of a film must have people from a diverse background. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive. An inclusion rider is a way for actors and actresses to guarantee projects they work on have a level of diversity, onscreen and off-camera, that matches the location setting of the project. That was around the time when J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began actively trying to diversify their production teams. "And so the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business... we're not going back".

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