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Hulu releases surprise Fyre Festival doc days before Netflix’s “Fyre”

NBCUniversal-, Fox- and Disney-owned American streamer Hulu has just released the feature-length doc Fyre Fraud, chronicling the ill-fated 2017 Fyre Festival. The film arrived without warning just four days before ...
January 14, 2019

NBCUniversal-, Fox- and Disney-owned American streamer Hulu has just released the feature-length doc Fyre Fraud, chronicling the ill-fated 2017 Fyre Festival. The film arrived without warning just four days before rival streaming site Netflix’s own Fyre.

The Fyre Festival was a luxury music festival set to take place over two weekends in April and May of 2017 on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Organized by Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland and hip hop artist Ja Rule, it was promoted online by celebrities including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. The festival was indefinitely postponed after guests had already begun to arrive and were left stranded to stay in tents and eat cheap prepackaged food rather than enjoy the lavish accommodations they had paid thousands for.

The organizers have since faced several lawsuits alleging fraud, and in October of last year, McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud.

“The Fyre Festival was the defining scam of the millennial generation, at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era,” said Hulu, in a synopsis on its press site.

Fyre Fraud is available to Hulu subscribers as of today. Netflix’s previously announced Fyre is still scheduled to stream on Jan. 18, covering similar subject matter.

The news of the release was first reported by Billboard, which is listed by Hulu as an executive producer on Fyre Fraud, along with directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, Michael Gasparro, The Cinemart and MIC.

Watch the trailer below:

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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