“Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Production Company to Enact Inclusion Rider,” CBS News
March 13, 2018
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attend the Project Greenlight Season 4 Winning Film premiere "The Leisure Class" on Aug. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles.
It looks like Matt Damon is finally listening, as he promised after making controversial comments about the #MeToo movement. He and his producing partner Ben Affleck, along with prominent filmmaker Paul Feig, are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand's Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech.
The announcement came via Twitter from Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, the head of outreach for Damon and Affleck's production company, Pearl Street Films. She said they would be adopting the inclusion rider, a contractual provision promoted by USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to ensure greater diversity in casts and crews.
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McDormand brought new attention to contract addendums requiring studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative explained the concept in a December 2017 paper, crediting Smith as having crafted the rider with employment attorney Kalpana Kotagal.