Sometimes it's not good to be the queen.
Producers of The Crown have revealed that star Claire Foy -- who plays Elizabeth the Second on the Netflix drama -- was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for the show’s first two seasons.
Not only did Foy have more screen time on the series, but she also won an Golden Globe for her performance. The producers explained that Smith commanded a higher salary because of his three years as the high-profile Doctor Who.
Producer Suzanne Mackie said they're going to remedy the situation. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” she told a panel during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.
But that won't help Foy. Starting next season, she'll be replaced by Olivia Colman. (Page Six)
Meanwhile, Variety has released the biggest salaries in TV. Ellen DeGeneres ($50 million) and Judge Judith Sheindlin ($47 million) top the list.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company will adopt inclusion riders, according to the company’s head of strategic outreach.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward.”
Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig have also said their production companies will adopt the rider, which guarantees that the casts and crews on their upcoming movies are diverse.
The moves come only a week after Frances McDormand ended her Oscar acceptance speech by saying, “I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentleman: inclusion rider.” (Us Magazine)