This year at the Academy Awards Frances McDormand introduced the phrase “inclusion clause” to industry outsiders during her acceptance speech. Several studios have answered the call- the latest being Paul Feig’s production company- Feigco Entertainment. Today Paul announced the move on twitter that he will be adopting an inclusion rider for all film and tv productions going forward. Feig challenged others to follow suit.
“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” Frances McDormand said during her Oscar acceptance speech. An inclusion rider stipulates that a production team is required to achieve a certain level of diversity in the cast and crew, and its a clause that even a movie star can demand be included in their deal.
Of course nobody has ever had to force Feig to be inclusive with cast and crew choices, particularly in the area of gender. He has drawn distinction as one of the best directors of female led films in the industry and is famous for making great films with women including The Heat, Spy, Bridesmaids, and Ghostbusters.
Feig joins Michael B. Jordan’s company and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s company in adopting a rider. He also thanked Stacy Smith, who was the first to bring the idea of an inclusion rider to national attention in 2014.
Thrilled to announce that Feigco Entertainment is officially adopting an #inclusionrider for all our film and TV productions moving forward. Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration. We challenge other companies and studios to do the same.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 13, 2018