Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Become Next Stars to Formally Adopt Inclusion Riders

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Become Next Stars to Formally Adopt Inclusion Riders

It's basically a clause that can be added into any actor's contract that states at least 50% of the cast and crew of a film must have people from a diverse background.

The move comes just over a week after McDormand urged other actors to ask for inclusion riders as a way to ensure gender and racial diversity in films.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have agreed that inclusion riders will be a part of all their future Pearl Street production deals.

At the Oscars earlier this month (March 4), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star McDormand used her Best Actress acceptance speech to call for greater equality in the film industry and helped shine a spotlight on the little-known diversity clause.

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.

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If you haven't yet read our explainer from the day after the Oscars about what an inclusion rider is, here's the cliff notes.

Cox DiGiovanni referred to Jordan in her announcement, saying, "Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry".

No word on whether Affleck and Damon are also applying an inclusion rider to every acting project, or only their production company.

The heightened buzz prompted the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, founded by University of Southern California professor Stacy Smith, who floated the idea of inclusion riders in 2016, to tweet out a quick explainer on the term. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time.

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