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Netflix acquires Chris Smith’s “Fyre” doc

Director Chris Smith’s documentary about the unraveling of the 2017 Fyre Festival has been acquired by Netflix. Fyre goes inside the festival as told by the organizers themselves. Created by Billy ...
December 11, 2018

Director Chris Smith’s documentary about the unraveling of the 2017 Fyre Festival has been acquired by Netflix.

Fyre goes inside the festival as told by the organizers themselves. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the Fyre Fest was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, featuring A-list musical performances, first-class amenities and beautiful people. Guests arrived to discover a very different reality, which many documented via social media.

Fyre is produced by Danny Gabai, Chris Smith and Mick Purzycki. Executive producers are Brett Kincaid, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Gabrielle Bluestone, James Ohliger and Elliot Tebele.

Smith’s previous works include the Emmy Award-nominated documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond; The Pool, which took home the 2008 Sundance Audience Award; and American Movie, the 1999 winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.

Fyre will be released globally Jan. 18, 2019 on Netflix.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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