Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan by announcing their production company, Pearl Street Films, will adopt inclusion riders on all future productions made under its banner. An inclusion rider is an amendment to a contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain percentage of diversity. The term gained widespread attention after Frances McDormand ended her Oscar speech by urging everyone to look into the policy.
The Pearl Street announcement was made on behalf of Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni at the SXSW Film Festival on March 12. DiGiovanni’s announcement also included a thank you to Michael B. Jordan for “always supporting broader representation in the industry.” Jordan announced earlier this month that his production company, Outlier Society, would be using inclusion riders on all future productions as well.
.@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
Pearl Street Films is based on Warner Bros. and most recently produced the Affleck-directed gangster drama “Live By Night.” The company’s other titles include Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” the Damon-produced “Manchester By the Sea,” and the Damon-starring “Jason Bourne.” Pearl Street has Affleck’s “Witness for the Prosecution” in development.