Following Michael B. Jordan’s move to use an “inclusion rider” in all the film projects his Outlier Society Productions company takes on, two Hollywood heavyweights have announced that they’ll both follow suit.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, lifelong friends and producing partners, announced last week that they would be using the diversity clause in future deals through their Pearl Street Films. The announcement came in a tweet sent out by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni last Monday night at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
An “inclusion rider” is a clause that actors and actresses can ask to be inserted into their contract that would require diversity among a film’s cast and crew. Deemed the Rooney Rule for Hollywood, Stacy L. Smith, who directs the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, introduced the idea in a 2014 column:
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