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Netflix Seeks AI Developers Amidst Ongoing Strike

Amidst the ongoing joint SAG-AFTRA/WGA strike, which hinges on the use of AI in film and TV production, Netflix continues to actively hire AI developers for pivotal roles in its R&D Labs and Machine Learning division.

In an effort to bolster its Machine Learning Platform, Netflix has created a new Product Manager position, while also seeking a Technical Director.

Both positions will be based in Los Gatos, CA, but the company is open to remote work arrangements.

With attractive six-figure salaries, ranging from $300,000 to $900,000 for the Product Manager role and $450,000 to $650,000 for the Technical Director, the company is emphasizing the importance of market factors and individual qualifications in determining compensation.

At the heart of the current writers' strike lies a contentious clause centered around AI's use, particularly the prohibition of machines generating "literary material."

Unfortunately, studios have rejected this proposal, leading to an ongoing stalemate between the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) and film studios.

The strike is now joined by actors from the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), who share concerns about AI's impact on their livelihoods.

Both writers and actors fear that generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, might replace writers' roles, while actors may face challenges due to data capture for background roles, potentially leading to unauthorized use of their likeness without adequate compensation.

Despite the strike, Netflix's move to hire AI experts reflects the industry's high demand for machine learning expertise.

The rapid advancement of AI, including the introduction of Magenta Green Screen (MGS) by Netflix researchers for more realistic visual effects, underscores the need for specialized talents in the field.

Interestingly, the job postings do not mandate a college degree, highlighting the value placed on practical experience and skills.

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