Paul Feig, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon latest producers to back inclusion riders

Paul Feig, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon latest producers to back inclusion riders
From CBC - March 13, 2018

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.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, head of strategic outreach at Damon andAffleck'sproduction company Pearl Street Films, said late Monday on Twitter that thecompanywould be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

.@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.


Early Tuesday, Bridesmaidsdirector Paul Feig followed suit saying on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the inclusion rider for all film and television productions. He thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, for her "guidance and inspiration."

Thrilled to announce that Feigco Entertainment is officially adopting an #inclusionrider for all our film and TV productions moving forward. Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration. We challenge other companies and studios to do the same.


"We challenge other companies and studios to do the same," Feig wrote.

Black Pantheractor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support to the concept after the Oscars for his company Outlier Society, which is developing a sci-fi series for Netflix and other projects.

McDormand brought new attention to contract addendums requiring studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative explained the concept in a December 2017 paper, crediting Smith as having crafted the rider with employment attorney Kalpana Kotagal.

Producers working on inclusive hiring


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