'[Professor Stacy] Smith said that an inclusion rider is a provision added to actors’ contracts to ensure that casting on productions is more representative. “It stipulates that in small and supporting roles, characters should reflect the world we live in,” she said. That includes 50 percent gender parity, 40 percent inclusion for people of color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q., and 20 percent disabled.

“We’re hoping agencies can ask every actor, ‘Would you like an inclusion rider?’” Smith said. “If you get the Hollywood elite to adopt it in their contracts, it becomes baked in. [Read more...]”'