Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to adopt inclusion riders

Last week, actor Michael B. Jordan ("Creed", "Black Panther") said he would adopt an inclusion rider for all projects produced by his production company.

Pearl Street Films has been working toward addressing the crisis of representation in the entertainment industry with Annenberg's guidance for almost two years after Damon and his show "Project Greenlight" became embroiled a controversy over the show's choice to spotlight a film by a white, male director.

Pearl Street Films, the production company that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon founded, will now use inclusion riders on future projects.

In her tweet, Cox DiGiovanni thanked Jordan "for always supporting broader representation in the industry". It was originally created by Stacy Smith, the founder and director of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: "inclusion rider".

The movement comes just one week after Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, on Sunday, March 4, and brought the concept to light. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time.

In a clear nod to Jordan and his Outlier Society production company's first steps to adopt the inclusion rider, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, the head of strategic outreach for Pearl Street, tweeted their own support. 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. A clip of Damon explaining diversity to producer Effie Brown on Project Greenlight went viral back in 2015.

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