Paul Feig's Production Company to Adopt Inclusion Rider
The director joins Michael B. Jordan's Outlier Society and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street in taking the pledge.
Paul Feig is the latest filmmaker to adopt an inclusion rider for his projects that are set to be produced under his banner, Feigco Entertainment.
Feig on Tuesday morning tweeted 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 best actress Oscar acceptance speech.
Michael B. Jordan announced last week that his production company, Outlier Society, would also begin adopting inclusion riders, and on Monday it was announced that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company, Pearl Street Films, would do the same.
"We challenge other companies and studios to do the same," Feig said in his tweet.
Stacy Smith, director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, first introduced the idea of the inclusion rider in 2014 in a Hollywood Reporter column. Its focus is on improving diversity in select below-the-line jobs.
"Movies fail to feature females, individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities," reads a summary from Smith and Kalpana Kotagal, a civil rights employment attorney at Cohen Milstein. “The Inclusion Rider is a solution.”
See Feig's tweet below.
Thrilled to announce that Feigco Entertainment is officially adopting an #inclusionrider for all our film and TV productions moving forward. Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration. We challenge other companies and studios to do the same.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 13, 2018