The recent discovery of a Netflix AI product manager job with a pay ceiling of $900,000 has sent ripples through the entertainment industry. Critics argue that while Netflix, a major player in the tech space, is ready to shell out top dollar for machine learning talent, they seem to neglect adequate compensation for their writers and actors.
The AI product manager role entails working with generative AI, which has been integral to Netflix’s groundbreaking ventures in personalized content creation. A new dawn for artificial intelligence is powering innovation in all areas of the business. Netflix already uses AI through its machine learning platform, optimizing our payment processing and other revenue-focused initiatives, hence the need for a skilled product manager.
Seeking AI Product Manager Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike: A Netflix Controversy
However, the job posting comes amid a SAG-AFTRA strike, making Netflix’s AI manager offer seem even more controversial. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) are fighting for better terms for actors and writers, including content acquisition safeguards against AI, emphasizing the gap between the tech-savvy and the creatives.
The SAG-AFTRA strike started on July 14, 2023 after failed contract negotiations over issues like pay, residuals, and job security. The strike has halted many productions and impacted major entertainment industry events.
The critics note that while Netflix offers an AI manager up to $900,000 annually, there are ongoing disputes with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) about actors’ and writers’ pay. The creative team asserts that Netflix has enough money to go around and should be richer in its business practices.