Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Vow to Embrace the Inclusion Rider Clause


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Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that their production company Pearl Street will be adopting an inclusion rider agreement in all their future deals.

The duo, who founded the company in 2012, are following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan, who pledged to adopt inclusion riders at his production company following Frances McDormand's Best Actress speech at the Academy Awards.

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"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. 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.

In her tweet, Cox DiGiovanni thanked Jordan "for always supporting broader representation in the industry". See her tweet in full below.

"For those of you asking about the #InclusionRider, it's created to ensure equitable hiring in supportive roles for women, POC, the LGBT community, & people w/disabilities", the tweet said.

The concept was developed by Dr Stacy Smith, with a clause requiring the cast and crew to be diverse in order to retain the actor.