For Best Hiring Practices in Hollywood

The demand for addressing systemic discrimination in Hollywood has never been greater.

Not only does the lack of employment equity shut out career development at every level, but the lack of diverse talent and authority leads to unforgivable misrepresentations broadcast on screens far and wide — inaccurate and harmful representations that affect how millions of people think, feel and act in the real world. We must answer the call to action.

The Inclusion Rider is a powerful tool for ensuring equity in the hiring process and in other decisions about employment and career paths. There are four essential principles that define the Inclusion Rider.

Below you’ll find the Inclusion Rider and Policy — flexible adaptable templates along with answers to frequently asked questions, an Inclusion Rider Policy Implementation Guide, and diverse hiring databases and resources that can help studios and other organizations deliver on their diversity commitments and move the industry towards real equity.

A commitment to DEEPENING

and diversifying hiring pools


benchmarks or targets for hiring

Collecting, measuring & analyzing

application and hiring data

Implementing accountability measures

to support progress if you fall short of your goals



For Individuals

The Inclusion Rider, developed by civil rights attorney Kalpana Kotagal and Pearl Street Film’s head of strategic outreach Fanshen Cox, is an addendum added to a contract that sets forth a process for hiring and casting to expand and diversify the candidate pool, encourage hiring qualified cast and crew who have been traditionally underrepresented in productions, track progress and create accountability. It is a flexible template that should be tailored to particular settings and productions with the involvement of counsel.

For individuals

Examples of riders in contracts: an actor might ask their employer to provide a certain kind of trailer to stay in during a film shoot, or might ask for cruelty-free makeup on set. The Inclusion Rider says that the employer and employee want to positively contribute to an industry that cares about DEIA and they want to reflect this commitment through their hiring practices.

We strongly recommend consulting with an attorney to help negotiate this clause. There are programs for low-fee and pro-bono attorneys such as California Lawyers for the Arts and California Employment Lawyers Association that can support you. 


Frequently asked

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