Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause

  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause

Actors and producing partners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that they will adopt the inclusion rider agreement in all their future production deals with their Pearl Street company.

"We challenge other companies and studios to do the same", Feig wrote.

The company's head of strategic outreach, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, tweeted the announcement in response to Michael B. Jordan's own inclusion rider announcement from last week. McDormand ended her powerful speech, "I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider", and took the opportunity to explain what it means during an interview in the backstage press room. 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. During a 2015 segment of the show "Project Greenlight", the Cambridge native rebuffed the suggestion of producer Effie Brown ("Dear White People") to hire a white woman and a Vietnamese-American man to co-direct a "Greenlight"-backed film featuring a minority character who is a prostitute". That was around the time when J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began actively trying to diversify their production teams. Damon, who has no social-media accounts, also has not commented. Onscreen, specifically, the goal is to reach at least 50 percent gender parity, with 40 percent inclusion for people of color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion, and 20 percent disabled inclusion.