Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be adopting an inclusion rider in all future projects, the head of strategic outreach for their Pearl Street Films production company announced on Twitter Monday.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni also thanked Michael B. Jordan for pledging to adopt the document last week. “@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. 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,” she tweeted.
While Hollywood has made some strides forward in recent years, the industry still struggles to achieve widespread diversity. Frances McDormand used her Best Actress Oscar win to encourage Hollywood to use “inclusion riders” in their contracts, which would require any production to interview a broad spectrum of diverse people for supporting roles and key jobs on set.
“In support of the women and men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” Jordan went on to announce via Instagram March 7.
On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.
Damon and Affleck will next produce — and Affleck will direct — “Witness for the Prosecution,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.