Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company will use inclusion riders

14 March, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Michael B. Jordan Adopts an Inclusion Rider for His 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.

Feig tweeted on Tuesday morning that he would pledge his support of the proposed contract that was introduced into the greater Hollywood lexicon after Frances McDormand name-checked it in her Oscars acceptance speech.

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On Monday, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production partner Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni announced they - along with Jennifer Todd and Drew Vinton - would be adopting inclusion riders for all future production deals at Pearl Street company.

It looks like Frances McDormand's Oscar speech, requesting that members of the Hollywood community ask for inclusion riders in all of their upcoming projects, has already made an impact. This move comes just after Michael B Jordan's own production company, Outlier Society, announced it would be doing the same.

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Damon put his foot his mouth multiple times in an attempt to voice his opinions on the scandal involving his frequent film collaborator Harvey Weinstein, while Affleck followed in his brother Casey's steps and was accused of sexual misconduct himself. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive. Both Damon and Affleck have in the past five months faced public scrutiny for either comments, in Damon's case, or alleged past behavior, in Affleck's, in the #MeToo era and to some are emblematic of an outmoded entertainment industry.

And not all companies are jumping to embrace the practice of instituting inclusion riders.

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