Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

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

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

In the announcement DiGiovani also referred to actor Michael B. Jordan's announcement last week that his company, Outlier Society Productions, would adopt riders for its projects.

At the 90th Academy Awards earlier this month, Frances McDormand won the Oscar for Best Actress and ended her speech with, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider".

Public-relations-wise, it's a positive move for Affleck and Damon. 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.

"On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward", actor/producer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni announced on Twitter from the South by Southwest Film Festival.

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An inclusion rider essentially means that any given project must be representative of the world outside it. Film crews and casts are overwhelmingly white and male, and these riders, in theory, make sure at least 50% of the cast and crew are diverse. Actress Hilarie Burton and makeup artist Annamarie Tendler have said that Affleck has groped them, while Rose McGowan has said that Affleck was lying about not knowing about what she says Harvey Weinstein did to her.

Damon famously dismissed African-American producer Effie Brown's concerns about the lack of diversity among the show's contestants, saying that diversity happened "in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show".

After the scandal broke, Affleck said: "I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn't uncommon". "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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