Matt Damon, Ben Affleck to support inclusion rider

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

Pearl Street Films, the production company that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon founded, will now use inclusion riders on future projects. " Two days later, Black Panther thirst trap Michael B. Jordan announced he'd be adding an inclusion rider to future projects at his production company, Outlier Society".

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.

Collaborator and childhood friend of Damon and Affleck Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, who along with civil rights attorney Kalpana Kotagal and media researcher Stacy Smith coined the term, tweeted out the news. "On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Afflect, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward". Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use "inclusion riders" in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.

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Michael, 30, was the first major star to formally announce he planned to heed Frances' call to support inclusion riders. She concluded her speech saying, "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".

"There has always been available, to everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider, which means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but also the crew", McDormand explained to reporters on March 4.

Other stars to speak out in support of inclusion riders include Captain Marvel star Brie Larson.

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