Last week, Michael B. Jordan announced that his production company, Outlier Society, would adopt an inclusion rider into its contracts for all future projects.
As a reminder: 'inclusion rider' first came to the general public's ear during Frances McDormand's acceptance speech for Best Actress at the Oscars, where she closed her empowering monologue, in which she'd asked all the female nominees and winners in the room to stand, by employing the two word phrase.
An inclusion rider, we've since learned, is a legal addition to a contract that doesn't change the intention of the contract other than to alter it to demand at least 50% diversity in gender and racial representation, on-and-off screen.
Jordan wrote on Instagram "In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society":
In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative
Five days later, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company Pearl Street Films have retweeted and responded to Jordan's statement. Their head of strategic outreach Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said: "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."
.@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward. https://t.co/ODit24D2Rb
— Fanshen (@fanshen) March 13, 2018