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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company to adopt inclusion riders

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

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are answering actress Frances McDormand's passionate call during her memorable Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars earlier this month.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck's production company Pearl Street Films would be adopting the inclusion rider in conjunction with USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The term reached wide public consciousness earlier this month at the 90th Academy Awards, when best-actress victor Frances McDormand noted it in her acceptance speech.

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The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star also took the chance to shine a light on the little-known term, inclusion rider.

An inclusion rider is an addition to a Hollywood contract that can stipulate 50 per cent diversity of gender, race and sexual orientation in both the casts and crews of movies and television shows. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive. Her aim was to improve diversity in some crew jobs and supporting actor roles when it doesn't interfere with story sovereignty, financing, or insurance. That was around the time when J.J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began actively trying to diversify their production teams.

Affleck - who won a best picture Oscar as a producer of "Argo" (2015) and shared an original-screenplay Oscar with Damon for writing "Good Will Hunting" (1997) - has not commented publicly. "And so the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business... we're not going back".


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