Matt Damon, Ben Affleck will support inclusion rider in future deals

Producing partners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that they will adopt the inclusion rider agreement in all their future production deals through their Pearl Street company.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni made the announcement Monday night via Twitter at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The move came a week after Frances McDorrmand sparked interest and support for the term after she concluded her Oscars best actress acceptance speech by saying, “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”

Michael B. Jordan announced on March 7 that he would add the inclusion rider to all projects produced by his company, Outlier Society Productions.

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LOS ANGELES - JULY 25: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon talk at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Picture's 'The Bourne Ultimatum' at the Hollywood Palladium on July 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Honoree actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck speak onstage during American Cinematheque 24th Annual Award Presentation To Matt Damon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Honorees Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck accept the Guys Of The Decade award onstage during Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actors Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Honorees Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon accept the Guys of the Decade Award onstage during Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon attend Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
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Cox DiGiovanni referred to Jordan in her announcement, saying, “Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. 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.”

In the press room backstage at the 90th Academy Awards, McDormand explained an inclusion rider can be added to contracts so that at least 50% of the cast and crew have to be diverse. The topic of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood has gained momentum in recent months and continued following the massive success of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” in which Jordan stars as the villain.

Kalpana Kotagal, one of the lawyers behind the inclusion rider, and Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, said, “It’s great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team using their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry. The Inclusion Rider is an important tool for Hollywood, and other industries, to create workplaces that truly reflect our diverse world.”

Here is Cox DiGiovanni’s Tweet:

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan take part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Black Panther hosted by SiriusXM's Sway Calloway on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Michael B. Jordan attends the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2018 at Verizon Up Arena at LACC on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Michael B. Jordan plays during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Celebrity Game at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan attend The Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony host the after party for Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' at The Skylark on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Michael B. Jordan attends the Calvin Klein fashion show during New York Fashion Week at the American Stock Exchange Building on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Michael B. Jordan attends the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chadwick Boseman(Left to Right) arrive at the red carpet of the Seoul premiere of 'Black Panther' on February 5, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images for Disney)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the press conference for the Seoul premiere of 'Black Panther' on February 5, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images for Disney)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Actors Michael B. Jordan (L) and Chadwick Boseman attend the Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 at Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Michael B Jordan attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Michael B. Jordan speaks onstage during the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NAACP )
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Michael B. Jordan attends the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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