April 19, 2024

High-Paying AI Job Openings at Netflix Amidst Industry-Wide Strike over AI Impact on Hollywood

Amidst the ongoing Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/Writers Guild of America (SAG-AFTRA/WGA) strike against the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in film and TV production, Netflix has recently opened up positions for AI developers in its R&D Labs and Machine Learning division. The streaming giant aims to fill Product Manager and Technical Director roles to enhance the effectiveness of its Machine Learning Platform.

The job postings specify that both positions will be based at Netflix’s headquarters in Los Gatos, California, but offer the option to work remotely. The positions come with competitive six-figure salaries, ranging from $450,000 to $650,000 for the Technical Director role and $300,000 to $900,000 for the Product Manager position.

The concerns raised by writers and actors in Hollywood regarding the increasing use of AI are significant. Writers fear that generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, may replace their jobs, while actors are uneasy about their likeness being scanned for background roles, raising worries about potential indefinite usage without appropriate compensation.

The job advertisement underscores the high demand for machine learning and AI expertise, particularly with the rapid advancements in AI technology since the introduction of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November. Both positions require experience in game design and machine learning, and interestingly, a college degree is not explicitly mandated as a requirement.

Notably, the Netflix job vacancies were announced last week, coinciding with the breakdown of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This has resulted in actors joining the striking writers in solidarity on the picket line, adding a significant layer of importance to the situation. Both parties are using collective action to express their concerns and demands during this critical period of contract negotiations in the film and television industry.

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