MICHAEL B. JORDAN SHOWS SUPPORT FOR 'INCLUSION RIDERS'
'Black Panther' actor Michael B. Jordan announced that his production company will officially adopt inclusion riders which are clauses in someone's contract for them to increase diversity on projects they are on. He posted the following on Twitter:
At Sunday night's Oscars, actress Frances McDormand mentioned "inclusion rider" in her acceptance speech for Best Actress. Also referred to as an "equity rider," the term was created by a University of Southern California professor, Stacy Smith, civil rights attorney Kalpana Kotagal and producer/actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. Smith referenced it during a TED Talk in 2016 in which she talked about new ways that women, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBT talent, in front of and behind the camera, could get more opportunities in the film industry.
Jordan's Outlier Society, which was founded in 2016, has projects in the works including Netflix's family sci-fi drama, Raising Dion, a The Thomas Crown Affair remake starring Jordan, an untitled coming-of-age drama on OWN produced by Jordan and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and a film adaptation of the YA novel The Stars Beneath Our Feat, which will be Jordan's directorial debut. Outlier has an exclusive first-look pact with Skydance Media.