Matt Damon And Ben Affleck commit to inclusion riders after Oscars appeal

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Pearl Street Films, the production company co-founded by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, will adopt inclusion riders for their projects going forward, following in the footsteps of Outlier Society, the production company started by Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are pledging to do their part to boost diversity in the entertainment industry.

An "inclusion rider" is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in the contract; it requires the cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity. The announcement was made on Twitter Monday.

The move follows Frances McDormand's call at the Oscars for actors to demand more inclusivity in front of and behind the camera.

In her acceptance speech, McDormand honoured the other women who were nominated in various categories.

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It comes after Three Billboards star Frances McDormand issued a rallying cry to Hollywood as she collected her Oscar for Best Actress, telling the audience: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider". She concluded her speech with: "I have two words for you: inclusion rider".

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, Pearl Street Films' head of strategic outreach, confirmed that it would use inclusion riders and praised Michael B. Jordan, who announced last week that his own production company would now adopt the policy.

"Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry", Cox DiGiovanni tweeted.

"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.

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