Last week actor/producer Michael B. Jordan announced that his production company, Outlier Society, would adopt an inclusion rider policy for all upcoming productions.
The move came after actress Frances McDormand made the term popular while giving her Oscar acceptance speech. Now, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films, which has produced such films as “Jason Bourne,” “Live by Night” and “Manchester by the Sea,” is following suit. A tweet by producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni says:
“[Michael B. Jordan] Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, [Ben Affleck], Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward.”
An ‘inclusion rider’ is a contractual clause that says that a production, bar certain exceptions (such as historical accuracy in a period film), should have a certain level of diversity in the project’s cast and crew. The hope is that this rider will help Hollywood become more inclusive of diverse creators and performers.
Damon and Affleck came under fire in social media circles late last year for some clumsy comments in regards to the Weinstein scandal and the rise of the #MeToo movement.