Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Production Company Pledges to Adopt Inclusion Rider


An inclusion rider is a way for actors and actresses to guarantee projects they work on have a level of diversity, onscreen and off-camera, that matches the location setting of the project.

The actors' production company Pearl Street announced Monday that they will be including an inclusion rider in all production deals going forward. ― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, March 14 ― Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said yesterday that his production company was adding an inclusion rider for future shows, the latest Hollywood figure to take up the call for more diversity on movie and television sets. The news was announced during SXSW, with the move being welcomed by Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

In her tweet, Cox DiGiovanni thanked Jordan "for always supporting broader representation in the industry".

Pearl Street Films has been working toward addressing the crisis of representation in the entertainment industry with Annenberg's guidance for almost two years after Damon and his show "Project Greenlight" became embroiled a controversy over the show's choice to spotlight a film by a white, male director.

Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar acceptance speech. McDormand said. "Because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed".

The heightened interest in inclusion also follows the #MeToo movement, Time's Up initiative and the success of films with diverse casts and crews, such as "Get Out" and "Black Panther".

"Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight. And I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that".