Netflix will literally pay you to binge-watch movies and TV shows and come up with category names

Business Insider / John Lynch
  • Netflix pays a group of 30 people to binge-watch TV and film on its platform and label the content with category tags and metadata.
  • Fast Company recently profiled a professional “Netflix tagger,” who described how her team develops descriptive “tags” for the service’s recommendation algorithm and content sorting.
  • Netflix currently has several job openings for the position.

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could get paid to binge-watch TV and films, Netflix might actually be able to hook you up with a job.

Fast Company published a profile of a professional “Netflix tagger” on Wednesday, describing how the streaming service currently employs a group of 30 people whose sole job is to watch Netflix content and “tag” TV shows and films with category information and metadata.

Sherrie Gulmahamad, the “tagger” profiled, discussed how her team develops Netflix’s subjective and often bizarrely specific “category tags,” which the service uses in its recommendation algorithm to label and sort content for viewers’ discovery.

“We work with a sprawling palette of tones and storylines to capture the spirit of our content, and when it comes to those sorts of tags, we can be more editorial,” Gulmahamad said.

For example, Gulmahamad listed a long series of the available tags for “supernatural content” on the platform, which she said included “zombies, witches, dragons, cannibals, Bigfoot, mad scientists, mutants, magical creatures, angels, demons and even ‘evil kids.'”

Gulmahamad described the job as “like being a librarian” with a “broad knowledge base of how TV shows or movies are related,” where you spend up to 20 hours a week watching Netflix content.

There are currently several available listings for the “tagging” job, officially labelled “editorial analyst” on the company’s website.

Qualifications for the job include: “Ability to distinguish nuances within different movie and TV genres,” “Ability to distill the essence of a movie/show and share findings in a concise manner,” and “5+ years experience … in the film and/or television industry.”

Read Fast Company’s profile here.

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