Matt Damon, Ben Affleck's company will use inclusion riders on future projects

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Image from Twitter/@THR

"On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Afflect, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward".

On Oscar night TheWrap obtained the inclusion rider document, which we wrote about and explained at length here.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company Pearl Street has confirmed they will now adopt inclusion riders for all future feature films. While the concept of inclusion riders has been around since 2014, it didn't start to get widespread attention until McDormand's Oscar acceptance speech-and even McDormand said that she only found out what inclusion riders were a week before winning her Oscar.

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The move follows Frances McDormand's call at the Oscars for actors to demand more inclusivity in front of and behind the camera.

Black Panther actor Michael B Jordan later pledged to insert an inclusion rider clause into his future movie contracts, with Cox DiGiovanni now sharing Affleck and Damon's announcement in response to that news.

The heightened buzz prompted the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, founded by University of Southern California professor Stacy Smith, who floated the idea of inclusion riders in 2016, to tweet out a quick explainer on the term. "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: "inclusion rider". The actress left the room abuzz, while viewers at home frantically began Googling the phrase-which refers to a contractual stipulation that stars can include in their contracts, assuring that their film sets are inclusive both on and off screen.

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