That’s up to $3,500 a day, while many actors earn $200.
Will this pair of Hollywood strikes ever end? Big corporations seem to be engaging in a long battle, as illustrated by Netflix’s recent job posting for a machine learning platform product manager. The position commands an annual salary of $300,000 to $900,000 at a time when many actors earn about $200 a day, according to this SAG-AFTRA contract. The role AI will play in creating the future of entertainment is a key topic of debate for both sides of the strike.
The job listing indicates that artificial intelligence will be used to “create great content” and not just develop new algorithms to recommend shows and movies. The announcement also alludes to the streaming giant’s far-reaching efforts to integrate artificial intelligence into “all areas of business.” A separate section on the company’s website goes on to say that Netflix uses AI “to optimize the production of original movies and TV shows.”
It’s not the only ad for an AI job that promises a huge salary. Netflix is also hiring a CTO of generative artificial intelligence at its growing game studio, paying an annual salary of up to $650,000, it reported The Intercept. These efforts are already bearing fruit, as Netflix is currently airing a Spanish dating reality series titled Deep fake love which scans contestants’ faces to create AI-generated “deepfakes,” and its gaming studio uses generative AI to compose narrative and dialogue.
All of this comes after striking actors rejected a proposal from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that generously offered workers a one-off daily rate of $200 for performers to be scanned for future use as AI-enhanced CGI simulacrums forever, until the end of time. SAG-AFTRA says the company “will own that scan, their image, their likeness and will be able to use it in perpetuity in any project they want without consent or compensation.”