September 06, 2018

 

The parent company of Warner Brothers, WarnerMedia, announced a new policy for including women and underrepresented groups in all areas of production. It's also known as an inclusion rider.

 

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Warner Bros. has become the first major Hollywood studio to adopt the inclusion rider. Parent company WarnerMedia announced the policy yesterday. Its goal, as NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, is to increase diversity behind and in front of the camera.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: It was Frances McDormand who introduced the idea publicly when she accepted her best actress Oscar last year.

FRANCES MCDORMAND: I have two words to leave with you tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, inclusion rider.

DEL BARCO: The concept may have been met with bewilderment at that moment, but it had been in the works for years by scholars and others who saw how little progress has been made in Hollywood in terms of diversity. Attorney Kalpana Kotagal co-authored the original idea. She says an inclusion rider is an addendum that can be put in an A-lister's contract. It stipulates that the cast and crew of a production include women and underrepresented groups - people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities.

KALPANA KOTAGAL: This is not a series of quotas. It's a decision that's made for every single member of the cast or every single member of the crew on an individual-by-individual basis. As an overarching objective, you know, we would like to see the communities that take shape on screen more closely reflect the world in which we live.

DEL BARCO: Kotagal applauds Warner Bros. for being the first Hollywood studio to make this commitment.

KOTAGAL: I think it's fantastic news. This is the kind of broad, companywide change that we hoped the inclusion rider would galvanize.

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