documentary series about Fyre Festival debacle coming to Hulu
The disaster that was Fyre Festival (which is coming up on its one-year anniversary of not happening) will be the subject of a new docu-series for Hulu. It’s being developed by Billboard magazine, Mic and The Cinemart. From Billboard:
The tropical festival that promised attendees a peak high-end experience enlisted some of social media’s biggest influencers — including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid — to promote the event. But in the days leading up to its launch, every major musical performing act withdrew as it became clear the show had been falsely advertised. Lawsuits totaling over $100 million in damages were filed against McFarland and Ja Rule, and last summer McFarland was indicted for wire fraud.
The series will provide a 360-degree, behind-the-scenes view of what happened before, during and after the failed festival, including in-depth interviews from inside sources, as well as hours of exclusive never-before-seen footage, leaked documents, emails and recordings. Drawing on reporting from some of the strongest voices and writers in the industry, including Billboard’s elite roster of artists, reporters and commentators, as well as Mic’s articles and in-depth investigative reporting, the series will draw on interviews from local Bahamians, stranded festivalgoers, vendors and investors.
According to an announcement of the series, it will serve as a “cautionary tale for the millennial generation about the corruptive power of ambition, social media and instant gratification in the digital age.”
Fyre Festival co-organizer Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to wire fraud in March. Stay tuned for more details on the documentary series which is set to premiere in 2019.