An inclusion rider
is a stipulation performers place in contacts to ensure that a production's cast and crew hire a stipulated percentage of women or people of colour.
And Emma Thompson has revealed that no matter what money she's offered for a movie role, she will turn it down if they don't agree to an inclusion rider
where production staff meet certain levels of diversity.
* In an especially weird moment, Best Actress winner Frances McDormand asked all of the female nominees to stand up and bid the audience to "Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed." McDormand ended the bizarre scene by saying, "I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider." An inclusion rider
is a clause in a contract that ensures diversity in a film.
90% POC on staff as well as a healthy mix of women and men as key crew members, talk about an inclusion rider
Jordan added an inclusion rider
on all of his projects under his Outlier Society Productions company.
If you want Meryl Streep to star in your next movie and she insists on an inclusion rider
, rest assured, she can get it.
But insisting on an inclusion rider
might diminish an individual actor's chances of getting hired themselves.
So what is an inclusion rider
? The phrase was coined by Dr Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative of Californian university USC Annenberg in a 2016 TED talk she gave titled "The data behind Hollywood's sexism".
She said she knew of at least one actor who was negotiating to get an inclusion rider
included in a contract, but declined to say who.
An inclusion rider
, or equality rider, is a clause that actors can include in their contracts in order to demand a certain level of gender, racial or other diversity on movie sets.
"An inclusion rider
is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets," (https://twitter.com/WhitneyCummings/status/970520101630836736) she tweeted shortly after McDormand's speech.
She also admitted that she was astounded it had taken so long for her to be made aware that such a thing existed and explained how making sure that everyone was aware of the power they had with an inclusion rider
would help change things in Hollywood for good.