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  • - God! This (beep) is not fair, man!

  • What does that mean?

  • - I don't know what it means!

  • - Okay, so like,

  • please put that down.

  • (laughing)

  • Thank you.

  • These videos are taking years off my life.

  • I'm John, I'm a private investigator.

  • Today I've been asked by Buzzfeed

  • for some reason, to figure out which one

  • of these subjects is the boss.

  • How about you? Would you join me?

  • - Yeah.

  • I'm Aidan.

  • - Aidan?

  • - Yeah, nice to meet you.

  • - That's my first question. Where are you from?

  • - I'm from Connecticut originally.

  • - Where do you live now?

  • - I live in LA, Silver Lake.

  • - What do you do?

  • - I work at Buzzfeed.

  • - What do you do?

  • - I work in media management, I'm the lead there.

  • - Media management, that sounds kinda vague.

  • - So I actually work with Stanley here,

  • we each have one person under us.

  • We do a lot of archiving and then,

  • like, redistribution of videos.

  • - So does stuff come off of, for example, like,

  • eventually get pulled off the social channels

  • but you guys have to back it up on drives?

  • - Yeah, like, glorified librarians.

  • - Okay, right on. Who's your boss?

  • - Me.

  • - You're the boss?

  • - I'm within post-production. But, yeah,

  • I'm a lead.

  • - Do you have employees that report to you

  • or that are, like, under you?

  • - Yeah, there's three.

  • - You're a lead, you said?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Okay. What's your football team?

  • - 49ers.

  • I'm not like Jets, Giants,

  • I don't subscribe to those teams.

  • - Okay.

  • - Are you an East Coast guy?

  • You seem offended.

  • - No, I like talking sports,

  • I find it interesting more than anything,

  • but no.

  • - Are you Tom Brady's brother?

  • - I'm not personally affronted,

  • no I'm not.

  • You said you do work with Stanley, right?

  • - Yeah, yeah.

  • - Okay, so what's his role?

  • - He does more like the archiving side

  • of things, I do like the redistribution side of things.

  • - How'd you get the job?

  • - Through a friend of mine actually.

  • - Were there any sort of like cloak

  • and dagger behind closed doors,

  • turning people against him,

  • kind of plotting his downfall,

  • anything Shakespearean going on there?

  • - Yeah, Big time.

  • - Okay, so that would indicate your more

  • of like a team effort,

  • not necessarily the boss.

  • So how long have you been working at BuzzFeed?

  • - Bout a year and a half.

  • - All right, well I think I'm good for now Aidan.

  • Why don't you join me please.

  • - Hello

  • - What's your name?

  • - Destiny.

  • - What do you do here Destiny?

  • - Video producer and manager.

  • - What does that really mean?

  • - I kinda just help facilitate,

  • making sure all the needs are met for production,

  • look over the videos,

  • leave notes.

  • - What does that mean, making sure the needs are met?

  • - I guess if they have any questions about

  • like production or like the shoots that we have

  • or like just working with the editors

  • or just making sure everyone is cool.

  • - Yeah, but what does that mean?

  • - I don't know what it means.

  • - Okay, so like use this as an example,

  • this is one of the producers ideas

  • to shoot this video,

  • he needs a place to shoot it,

  • he has to book this room,

  • and schedule it right?

  • - Right.

  • - Does that run through you at all?

  • - Nah we have like a production team

  • with like coordinators who kinda handle that.

  • - Do they have anything to do with you?

  • - I mean I talk to them sometimes,

  • but not really.

  • - Okay well what is something

  • that your subordinates would need

  • that they would come to you asking for help with?

  • - Honestly, I have a lot of meetings.

  • I don't think their like, oh I need,

  • Destiny needs to approve this or see this.

  • It's more of like.

  • - Sounds easy

  • - Just there, It is.

  • - Most bosses don't really do any work so.

  • - True that.

  • - How are you?

  • - I'm good, how are you?

  • - I'm a little down,

  • I got my last one of these videos wrong so.

  • - I'm sorry.

  • - Kinda really hit my ego harder than I thought.

  • (buzzer)

  • - All right you got me!

  • I was close, but.

  • - You can't win 'em all.

  • - Yeah but I had a good run there for a while.

  • Also, I really have no idea what

  • the point of this video is,

  • I don't even know why I'm here really.

  • Sort of an existential thing I'm going through.

  • I just don't even know what questions

  • to ask you so I'm just kinda making small talk.

  • - Okay, that's fine.

  • - Have you seen any movies lately?

  • - I haven't.

  • - Really?

  • - Really, not lately.

  • - I've seen 3 this weekend

  • and I'm like dying to talk about movies,

  • but how long have you worked here?

  • - 7 months.

  • - So who's your boss?

  • - Well, I'm the boss.

  • It's weird even bosses here have bosses,

  • like it doesn't just stop,

  • like it you know.

  • - Am I supposed to figure out who three

  • of these people work for the fourth one, is that it?

  • So their all telling me their managers.

  • - There's really no way of you knowing.

  • I hope you know that.

  • - I don't really need that right now.

  • All right well that makes sense cause you can't

  • really seem to explain to me what a manager does.

  • - Yeah.

  • - So maybe you don't know anything about it.

  • - Maybe I don't.

  • - What's your biggest strength?

  • - I think communication.

  • - What do you think is a weakness that you may need

  • to work on?

  • Professionally.

  • - Time management.

  • - You keep getting pulled away

  • to these videos so.

  • - I mean.

  • - Maybe you could speak to your boss about that.

  • Thanks Destiny, I think I'm okay for now.

  • - Okay.

  • - You can head on back to the wall if you want.

  • - Great.

  • - Will you join me?

  • - Sure.

  • - Hello.

  • - What's up?

  • - What do you do here?

  • - I actually lead a team for

  • the archiving department of this company.

  • - How big is your team?

  • - It's like 4 people.

  • - Can you take me through like a day

  • or like a week with the archive department?

  • Cause God's honest truth it's all digital,

  • so like how hands on is an archiving process even?

  • - You can kind of get away

  • with doing a lot of nothing,

  • but there's a ton of videos we've made here,

  • and then we distribute it to our team,

  • then they have to like upload it to a cloud.

  • We otherwise have like these hard drives

  • but they're archaic and it's something we're phasing out,

  • that's technical stuff.

  • - As a matter of principle I don't trust clouds.

  • I mean I trust drives.

  • - Damn.

  • - I gotta be able to run into my burning house

  • and like grab something and run out with it.

  • - But if it's on the cloud you don't even have

  • to go into the burning house to begin with.

  • - Yeah but eventually the cloud is gonna

  • be the burning house.

  • - I'm gonna have to talk to my.

  • - Boss?

  • - Subordinates about that one.

  • - Subordinates?

  • - I mean you know it's a big company,

  • everyone's got a boss here.

  • - How long have you worked here?

  • - Going on like a year.

  • - How'd you get the job?

  • - My former roommate just kinda like plugged me in,

  • I didn't even have to interview.

  • How about that?

  • - You just showed up one day?

  • - Technically, yeah.

  • Nepotism is a hell of a thing.

  • - Did you go to college?

  • - Went to the University of New Orleans,

  • it was otherwise known as

  • the University of no opportunity

  • but you know here I am.

  • - Okay, so 4 people under you,

  • and what do they do?

  • - They have to like make sure everything's there

  • and then they have to like put it up in the cloud.

  • While everyone is like editing projects

  • but nobody knows what they're doing,

  • so they'll give us these projects

  • but they won't realize like half

  • the stuff in the actual video is like on their desktop.

  • - So you think all of the editors at BuzzFeed,

  • are kind of hacks and they're not good at what they do?

  • - Well I mean some of them are some of them aren't,

  • I can pinpoint some,

  • probably not the best idea.

  • (techno noise)

  • - I can too.

  • - There's 2 pens here.

  • - Please put that down.

  • (laughing)

  • Thank you, Stanley,

  • thanks for now I think I'm done.

  • Perhaps we'll chat later.

  • Will you join me?

  • What's your name?

  • - Becky.

  • - What do you do?

  • - I'm an attorney here at BuzzFeed.

  • - So what do you do on a daily basis?

  • - I do a lot of rights

  • and clearances reviews,

  • I confirm with our media management team

  • to make sure that all necessary releases

  • for people who are not BuzzFeed employees are signed,

  • and archived, and properly put with the videos.

  • I negotiate contracts,

  • both talent for internal and external people.

  • Production releases, location agreements

  • (echoes)

  • See this is why I don't get invited to parties,

  • I swear I'm fun.

  • - What's your title?

  • - Staff attorney.

  • - Do you have people that report to you?

  • - 1 directly and then I help out some folks in New York.