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.
A rep for the dynamic duo's production company, Pearl Street Films, says Matt and Ben will be adopting so-called inclusion riders for upcoming projects. The term reached wide public consciousness earlier this month at the 90th Academy Awards, when best-actress victor Frances McDormand noted it in her acceptance speech.
The idea won attention thanks to a rousing Oscar best actress acceptance speech by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand. The news was announced during SXSW, with the move being welcomed by Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Specifics of the rider are also undisclosed at this time.More news: SEC Tournament Predictions: Will Arkansas upset Tennessee? 3/10/18
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 per cent of the cast and crew have to be diverse. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was perceived to be racially insensitive.
Under their Pearl Street Films banner, Affleck and Damon have produced films such as Manchester By the Sea, Jason Bourne, and Live By Night, among other features and television series, and are now working on Matt Reeves' The Batman (with Affleck still set to star as the Caped Crusader) and Affleck's remake of Witness for the Prosecution. Others called it a step in the right direction.
"I just found out about this last week".