Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon attend the “Project Greenlight” premiere of “The Leisure Class” in Los Angeles. Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig jump on the recording rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand Oscar acceptance speech.
Leading producers and celebrities as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig jump on the recording rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand the best actress Oscar acceptance speech.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late Monday on Twitter that Damon and Affleck’s production company Pearl Street Films would be the adoption of the recording ruiter in cooperation with the USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Beginning Tuesday, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig followed say on Twitter that his company is also going forward with the recording rider for all film and tv productions.
Feig thanked Stacy L. Smith, the director of the USC Annenberg Media, Diversity And Social Change Initiative, for her guidance and inspiration.”
“We challenge other companies and studios to do the same,” Feig wrote.
“Black Panther” actor Michael B. Jordan was one of the first to lend his public support to the concept after the Oscars for his company Leaders in the Society, that is the development of a sci-fi series for Netflix, and other projects.
McDormand has brought new attention to the agreement addendum own studios to hire a diverse crew and cast for a project at the Oscars on March 4. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, explained the concept in December 2017 paper, the crediting of Smith to have created the driver with the employment lawyer Kalpana Kotagal.
Pearl Street Films has been working in the direction of the approach of 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 in a controversy over the choice to spotlight a film by a white, male director. During the production, he clashed with producer Effie Brown in a conversation that was seen as racially insensitive.
In response to a call for more diversity, Damon told The Associated Press in July 2016 that an idea they were exploring is the introduction of clauses in contracts for the promotion of a more inclusive rent — in what appears to be an early precursor of the recording rider. That was around the time that J. J. Abrams and Ryan Murphy began to actively try to diversify their production teams.
But as Pearl Street announced the adoption of the concept on Monday, some on social media scoffed. Both Damon and Affleck have in the past five months, faced public scrutiny for comments, Damon, in the case of alleged past behavior, in Affleck’s, in the #MeToo era, and some are an example of an old-fashioned entertainment industry. Others call it a step in the right direction.
And not all companies are jumping to embrace the practice of the courts, integration of the riders. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that his company, “Try to do things creatively” and not only by means of “agreements,” USA Today reported.