Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are the latest movie stars to commit to inclusion riders.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have promised to introduce inclusion riders into movie contracts for their Pearl Street Films production company.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovani, the head of strategic outreach for the company, announced on Twitter Monday that Pearl Street will be adopting an "inclusion rider" for all future projects.

"@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry". 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.

The move follows Frances McDormand's call at the Oscars for actors to demand more inclusivity in front of and behind the camera.

"For those of you asking about the #InclusionRider, it's created to ensure equitable hiring in supportive roles for women, POC, the LGBT community, & people w/disabilities", the tweet said.

Google searches for "inclusion rider" spiked in the wake of McDormand's speech and there were thousands of tweets mentioning the term in the 20 minutes after her speech concluded.

As a reminder: "inclusion rider" first came to the general public's ear during Frances McDormand's acceptance speech for Best Actress at the Oscars, where she closed her empowering monologue, in which she'd asked all the female nominees and winners in the room to stand, by employing the two word phrase. 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.

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