Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni—the head of strategic outreach for the company—tweeted the news on Monday. The news came shortly after Michael B. Jordanpledged to adopt inclusion riders for all future projects produced by his company Outlier Society.
“@michaelb4jordan Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry,” she tweeted. “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.”
The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, of which Cox DiGiovanni is a board member, also tweeted the news. The organization has been leading the promotion of and research behind equality and diversity in the entertainment industry.
Frances McDormand called for more inclusion riders during her Best Actress in a Leading Role acceptance speech at the 2018 Oscars. However, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star isn’t the first one to introduce this concept. Stacy L. Smith, an associate professor of communication at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, proposed the idea in a 2014 article for The Hollywood Reporter and talked about the concept again in a 2016 TED Talk.
Damon has also received backlash for comments he’s made about the sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood. Damon apologized for his comments earlier this year.