Creative Sustainability Session: Inclusion Riders

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Chat with the creators of Hollywood's first Inclusion Rider!

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You may have heard about it before, but what exactly is an “inclusion rider”?

In simple terms, an inclusion rider is legal language that filmmakers (like actors and producers) can embed in their production contracts, guaranteeing the project achieves a certain level of diversity, in front of and behind the camera. We’ll dive deeper into the subject with the creators of Hollywood’s first inclusion rider: Fanshen Cox, Kalpana Kotagal, and Tasmin Plater. We’ll cover how inclusion riders are a powerful tool in combatting Hollywood’s lack of diversity — and we’ll learn how to use them in our own work.

Learn more about Inclusion Rider's from this video and in these articles on Refinery29, Huff Post, The Hollywood Reporter, and Ms Magazine.

Download templates and check out the official Inclusion Rider website.

Inclusion Riders is an event in our Ethical Set Series. We hope to see you at future events, where together we’ll focus on building an industry with inclusion at the forefront of our work!


Thank you to our sponsor, Final Draft!

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About the panelists

Fanshen Cox is a creative development executive at Pearl Street Films. She is also the playwright/producer/performer of the one-woman show, One Drop of Love exploring the construction of race in the U.S. and how it effects our closest relationships. She is the co-author of the Inclusion Rider with Dr. Stacy Smith and Kalpana Kotagal, the co-host of the Sista Brunch podcast and is dedicated to contributing to change in the entertainment industry so that everyone feels seen and heard.

Keep up with Fanshen on Instagram and Twitter as well as her podcast on Instagram and Twitter.

Kalpana Kotagal is highly accomplished civil rights and employment litigation attorney at Cohen Milstein. She is also the co-author of the Inclusion Rider – a novel contract clause created for Hollywood (and other industries) to improve hiring practices and workforce diversity. Ranked one of the top employment lawyers in the nation, Kalpana represents women and other disenfranchised people in high-profile class action litigation. She is also a leading voice in national conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She is a TEDx presenter and has had the honor presenting several law school commencement speeches. Her Op-Eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, and Variety, and along with Cohen Milstein’s Anita Hill, she was featured in the highly-acclaimed documentary, “This Changes Everything,” produced by Geena Davis, which addresses gender discrimination in Hollywood.

Keep up with Kalpana on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Dr. Tasmin Plater’s, Head of HR for Endeavor Content, goal of building a “Studio with a Soul” transcends the business and is leaving a mark on the entertainment industry as a whole. Under his tenure, Plater has played an instrumental part in Color of Change’s #ChangeHollywood Initiative, led the creation of the “Content Scorecard,” and joined the original co-authors of the Inclusion Rider as the newest co-author. Plater and the team have created a task force, titled the Inclusion Audit Committee (IAC) that consist of executives across several departments with purview into all business, creative, and HR-related aspects of their work to develop accountability in maintaining diverse representation. His presence on the advisory board of Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP)’s HBCU in LA and co-heading the Diversity Working Group across Endeavor has allowed Plater to establish on-going partnerships to ensure Hollywood continues the fight for more inclusion at all levels.

Keep up with Dr. Tasmin Plater on LinkedIn.


About our partners

Women of Color Unite (WOCU) is a social action organization focusing on fair access, fair treatment and fair pay for women of color in all aspects of the entertainment and media industries. Check out their website and follow them on twitter and instagram.

Black Film Allegiance

Founded in 2018, The Black Film Allegiance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting and creating connectivity amongst Black filmmakers in the industry. Their latest ventures include the database hosted on their website where Black creatives can host their work, find each other, and employers can find them. They have also just released their Diaspora Table Talks series which is available on their YouTube channel. They highlight job, competition and festival application deadlines and holistically aim to encourage and unify creatives to exchange resources to execute their filmmaking goals. Follow them on instagram and twitter, join them on discord, and check out their youtube channel.

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