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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders for future production deals

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck follow Michael B. Jordan and adopt inclusion riders Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have adopted inclusion riders
Hannah Rogers | 13 March, 2018, 20:05

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

In a statement released to media by the Initiative, it said: "It's great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team using their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry".

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

Two Broke Girls creator Whitney Cummings explained to us all non-movie folk what it was on Twitter, saying: 'An inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni made the announcement on Monday night via Twitter at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Frances McDormand gives her acceptance speech at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif.

Michael B. Jordan attends the European Premiere of "Black Panther" at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry."

No word on whether Affleck and Damon are also applying an inclusion rider to every acting project, or only their production company.

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who created the movement, said that Cox DiGiovanni had been a "champion, advocate and co-creator" of the inclusion rider since February 2016. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time.

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