Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Inclusion Rider Discrimination

Inclusion Rider Discrimination --- ===


March 4, 2018 Inclusion Rider Discrimination  The term came into popular prominence when at the 2018 Academy Awards March 4, 2018 actress Frances McDormand said at the end of her acceptance speech, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider!"[10][11] idea was developed by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, professor at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism[2], in a 2014 op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter[3] and in her 2016 TED talk[4].

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Inclusion rider - Wikipedia created March 5, 2018

An inclusion rider or equity rider is a provision added to a contract of an actor to ensure that casting and production staff meet certain levels of diversity, for example regarding the inclusion of women, people of color, LGBT people and people with disabilities.[1]

The idea was developed by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, professor at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism[2], in a 2014 op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter[3] and in her 2016 TED talk[4]. After meeting with Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni[5], Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films, the idea took flight and the two began looking for an employment attorney to craft the language for an inclusion rider in film. Smith and Cox DiGiovanni were connected with Kalpana Kotagal[6], a civil-rights and employment-practice attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC[7] in Washington, D.C.[8]. The three are the co-architects of an original inclusion rider template[9].

The term came into popular prominence when at the 2018 Academy Awards March 4, 2018 actress Frances McDormand said at the end of her acceptance speech, "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider!"[10][11] McDormand had learned about inclusion riders only the week before the awards ceremony[12]. Soon after the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, filmmakers Michael B. Jordan[13], Brie Larson[14], Paul Feig,[15] Matt Damon and Ben Affleck[16], committed to adopting inclusion riders in all their future production agreements. In an unprecedented move, WME threw its support behind the inclusion rider calling for adoption of the rider across their clients[17]. The full, original inclusion rider template can be accessed on the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative website.

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  1. ^ Belam, Martin; Levin, Sam (5 March 2018). "Woman behind 'inclusion rider' explains Frances McDormand's Oscar speech". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. Jump up^ "Stacy Smith | USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism". annenberg.usc.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. Jump up^ Stacy L. Smith (15 December 2014). "Hey, Hollywood: It's Time to Adopt the NFL's Rooney Rule–for Women". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. Jump up^ Smith, Stacy, The data behind Hollywood's sexism, retrieved 2018-03-21
  5. Jump up^ Haring, Bruce (13 March 2018). "Matt Damon And Ben Affleck To Add Inclusion Riders on Pearl Street Projects". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. Jump up^ Reisman, Sam (5 March 2018). "Oscars Shine Spotlight on Atty's Work On 'Inclusion Rider'". Law360.
  7. Jump up^ Schneier, Cogan (6 March 2018). "Meet the Cohen Milstein Lawyer Behind The #InclusionRider". National Law Journal.
  8. Jump up^ Keegan, Rebecca. "What's an Inclusion Rider? Let the Professor Who Helped Invent the Concept Explain". HWD. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. Jump up^ "Annenberg Inclusion Initiative | USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism". annenberg.usc.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  10. Jump up^ Judkis, Maura; Merry, Stephanie (5 March 2018). "What is an inclusion rider? Explaining Frances McDormand's call to action at the Oscars". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  11. Jump up^ Dobuzinskis, Alex; Allen, Jonathan (5 March 2018). "Oscar-winner McDormand wants an 'inclusion rider' What's that?". Reuters.
  12. Jump up^ Abrahamson, Rachel Paula (5 March 2018). "Frances McDormand Explains the Meaning of 'Inclusion Rider' After Her Oscars Win". Us Magazine. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  13. Jump up^ "Michael B. Jordan on Instagram: "In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  14. Jump up^ Belam, Martin; Levin, Sam (5 March 2018). "Woman behind 'inclusion rider' explains Frances McDormand's Oscar speech". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  15. Jump up^ McNary, Dave (13 March 2018). "Paul Feig Adds Inclusion Rider in Feigco Entertainment Productions". Variety. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  16. Jump up^ McNary, Dave (12 March 2018). "Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Will Support Inclusion Rider in Future Deals". Variety. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  17. Jump up^ "Ari Emanuel: "It is Imperative" That WME Supports Inclusion Rider (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-2

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4 ways to turn the Oscars' promise of equality and inclusion into reality https://mashable.com/2018/03/05/oscars-frances-mcdormand-inclusion-rider/  Mar 5, 2018 - "Proportional representation across a story or film slate should not be viewed ... an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ... Her research shows that girls and women receive far fewer speaking roles in films than boys and men, and representation for Black, Latino, Asian, and LGBTQ characters, and people with disabilities, is abysmal.   Smith, with the attorney Kalpana Kotogal, devised and championed the inclusion rider as a way for the entertainment industry's biggest stars to leverage their power by making equal and fair representation a part of their contracts.  nclusion rider instantly became an Oscars buzzword...  four more of Smith's recommendations.  1. Add five female speaking characters to every film.  so that people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are represented  the industry would reach gender parity in four years — after decades without measurable progress.  demanding that companies create consideration lists that feature women. That would put female directorial candidates in front of studio heads and producers who might not otherwise take such meetings because their first impulse is to hire a male director  Brie Larson✔  @brielarson  I’m committed to the Inclusion Rider. Who’s with me? "Proportional representation across a story or film slate should not be viewed as a threat to profits, particularly as most characters in movies say only one word," Smith wrote in a 2017 report.

What's an Inclusion Rider? Frances McDormand's Oscar Speech ... https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/.../what-is-an-inclusion-rider-frances-mcdormand...  Mar 4, 2018 - Frances McDormand's Oscars Speech Explained ... across 25 top films in 2013 had made this change to their contracts, the proportion of balanced ... noted that the category was almost 50-50 in terms of gender representation. eference to the belief by some that there should be requirements in contracts that provide for gender and racial diversity. 2 Broke Girls and Whitney creator Whitney Cummings expanded in a post Sunday night on Twitter Whitney Cummings ✔  @WhitneyCummings   an inclusion rider is something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets. We should support this for a billion reason  2014 guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Stacy Smith, director of USC Annenberg's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative, brought up a similar contract clause — what she called an "equity rider" — as a solution for improving diversity in Hollywood.

What Is an Inclusion Rider? Frances McDormand Explains | Money  Mar 5, 2018 - At the 2018 Oscars, Frances McDormand used her time on the ... to a clause in a contract requiring equal representation for minorities in a ...

What's An Inclusion Rider? Here's The Story Behind Frances - NPR
https://www.npr.org/.../whats-an-inclusion-rider-here-s-the-story-behind-frances-mcdor...Mar 5, 2018 - So, what is an inclusion rider, exactly? ... About 29 percent of speaking characters were from nonwhite racial/ethnic groups, compared with ... "I think there's an appetite now to ensure thatequity and inclusion are part of the ...


Are 'Inclusion Riders' a Libertarian Solution to Workplace Inequality or .P.C. Run Amok?
There's nothing wrong with pushing to work with people you want to work with. Nick Gillespie|Mar. 5, 2018 (Libertarian defends race and gender quotas)  https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/05/are-inclusion-riders-a-libertarian-solut  Mar 5, 2018 - ... 

 After asking all the women in the audience who had been nominated for an award to stand up, McDormand concluded:
Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we'll tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: "inclusion rider."
an acceptance speech that foregrounded issues of gender equity in Hollywood. ... ...a typical inclusion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. ... Let's leave aside for the moment whether writing gender and racial ...

 A rider is a condition or set of conditions added to a contract. For instance, a band could have a rider that says the concert promoter has to give ...Stacy Smith, who runs the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, told The New York Times, ...a typical inclusion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. As an example, it could require the cast be 50 percent female, 40 percent underrepresented ethnic groups, 20 percent people with disabilities, and 5 percent L.G.B.T. people.... It would also require that there be "a good-faith effort to ensure representation in key areas behind the camera".... A failure to meet the terms of the rider could lead to a fee or a penalty for the studio or distributor that doesn't meet the contract terms."

Let's leave aside for the moment whether writing gender and racial equality into contracts for movie productions will make them better. Are inclusion riders compatible with libertarian ideas about using "market power" and voluntary association to change society? At first blush, absolutely

 When political statements override all other concerns in creative endeavors, the result is often the worst sort agitprop that turns off even sympathetic audiences. There are plenty of ways in which any sort of diversity directive can go wrong, but that's also equally true for the status quo. Most movies are pretty mediocre, after all. There's no reason from the outset to believe that inclusion riders will raise costs or decrease quality. And if it will help change a Hollywood culture that has often lagged the larger culture in inclusion, that's good