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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Adopt Inclusion Riders for Productions

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Adopt Inclusion Riders for Productions
Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and actor/producer Matt Damon speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 March 2018 12:43 PM

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck plan to adopt inclusion riders for projects they make through their Pearl Street Films production company, one of the company's executives said on Twitter Monday.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, head of strategic outreach at the production company, thanked actor Michael B. Jordan in making the inclusion rider announcement on social media.

The contract clause, meant to ensure that producers hire a diverse crew in front and even behind scene, considering race, gender, and sexual orientation, was highlighted at the Oscars by actress Frances McDormand.

Jordan, the costar of the mega-hit "Black Panther," announced last week on his Instagram page that he would be inserting an inclusion rider in his contracts.

"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," Jordan said on Instagram. "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."

During her acceptance speech after winning the best actress Oscar for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," McDormand created a social media buzz by mentioning inclusion riders in her speech, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The celebrity publication said Stacy Smith, director of the University of Southern California Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, first introduced the idea of the inclusion rider in a 2014 guest column in The Hollywood Reporter.

Damon and Affleck have been running Pearl Street Films out of Warner Bros. since 2012, according to Deadline.com. Jennifer Todd has served as its president for nearly as long when she was hired away from the Mark Gordon Company in 2012, per Deadline.com.

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Pearl Street Films, the production company of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, will adopt inclusion riders, a company executive said Tuesday.
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