Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company to introduce inclusion riders

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR
Ginger Lopez | 14 March, 2018, 00:36

Inclusion riders came to the public attention after Frances McDormand closed her Oscar acceptance speech with the phrase, "two words - inclusion rider".

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company Pearl Street has confirmed they will now adopt inclusion riders for all future feature films. 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.

Following McDormand's lead, "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan announced on March 7 that his company, Outlier Society Productions, would add inclusion riders on all future deals. The term reached wide public consciousness earlier this month at the 90th Academy Awards, when best-actress victor Frances McDormand noted it in her acceptance speech.




An inclusion rider is the idea that people who have negotiating power in the film industry, such as A-list actors, directors, and producers, insist on language in their contracts demanding diversity in both on-screen and behind-the-camera positions. "There has always been available, to everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider, which means that you can ask for and or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but also the crew", the 60-year-old actress said at the time. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen!" "And I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that". Actress Hilarie Burton claimed on social media that Affleck groped her during an appearance of MTV's Total Request Live in 2003.

Weinstein produced the award-winning debut which made their careers, Good Will Hunting, and they worked with him on several other projects. "I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done".

After the scandal broke, Affleck said: "I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn't uncommon".

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