Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Add Inclusion Rider In Their Future Projects

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Add Inclusion Rider In Their Future Projects

Following McDormand's lead, "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan announced on March 7 that his company, Outlier Society Productions, would add inclusion riders on all future deals.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are pledging to do their part to boost diversity in the entertainment industry. It is a "contract clause for actors that would require filmmakers to meet diversity benchmarks in their cast and crew", the New York Times reported.

"On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward", actor/producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni announced on Twitter from the South by Southwest Film Festival.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Cox DiGiovanni tweeted.

"Franssen's leadership in developing and rolling out the inclusion rider began the first day we met in February 2016". While the concept of inclusion riders has been around since 2014, it didn't start to get widespread attention until McDormand's Oscar acceptance speech-and even McDormand said that she only found out what inclusion riders were a week before winning her Oscar. "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight".

Under their Pearl Street Films banner, Affleck and Damon have produced films such as Manchester By the Sea, Jason Bourne, and Live By Night, among other features and television series, and are now working on Matt Reeves' The Batman (with Affleck still set to star as the Caped Crusader) and Affleck's remake of Witness for the Prosecution. Invite us into your office in a couple days - or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them.

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