“Black Panther” and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan has announced he will add an inclusion rider to all projects produced by his company Outlier Society Productions.
The announcement follows in the wake of Frances McDorrmand’s Best Actress Oscar speech which ended with the line: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” The comment has sparked interest and support for the term, a contractual clause to enforce equitable casting and hiring, with financial penalties for failure to comply.
Dr Stacy Smith, the founder of the USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, and Washington lawyer Kalpana Kotagal came up with inclusion riders which are being seen as a solution to get more under-represented demographics in front of and behind the camera on film sets.
The aim would be to have film casts and crews better reflecting the actual demographics of society – namely a 50% men/50% women split, 40% being people of colour, 20% being people with some sort of disability and around 5% being of LGBTQ status. Jordan says in a statement:
“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman and persons of color throughout my career and it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”
Jordan launched his production company in 2016 with both HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” and the “Creed” sequel coming out this year. Jordan stars in both.