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.
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Frances McDormand gives her acceptance speech at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif.
The clause, which can be added to actors' contracts at their request, has been around since 2016 and was co-created by University of Southern California communications professor Dr. Stacy Smith, civil rights and employment practice attorney Kalpana Kotagal as well as Cox DiGiovanni.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, Pearl Street Films' head of strategic outreach, confirmed that it would use inclusion riders and praised Michael B. Jordan, who announced last week that his own production company would now adopt the policy. This left plenty of people asking "inclusion wha t?".
The heightened interest in inclusion also follows the #MeToo movement, Time's Up initiative and the success of films with diverse casts and crews, such as "Get Out" and "Black Panther".