Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Production Company to Adopt Inclusion Rider

Their Pearl Street banner is the latest to vow to implement the idea on future projects.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are adopting inclusion riders for projects made through their Pearl Street Films, according to head of strategic outreach at the production company, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.

"On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward," Cox DiGiovanni tweeted Monday, responding to Michael B. Jordan's tweet from last week in which he announced that his production company, Outlier Society, would also begin adopting inclusion riders.

An inclusion rider is a reference to the belief by some that there should be requirements in contracts that provide for gender and racial diversity. 

While Stacy Smith, director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, first introduced the idea of the inclusion rider in a 2014 guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Frances McDormand brought the idea into the spotlight recently during her best actress Oscar acceptance speech at the 90th annual Academy Awards. According to Smith, the rider focuses on improving diversity in select below-the-line jobs (cinematographer, production designer, sound, 1st and 2nd AD, editor, visual effects and composer) and supporting roles that do not affect “story sovereignty” or interfere with financing or insurance.

A request for comment from Affleck and Damon was not immediately returned.

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