The Fyre Festival continues to make headlines, two years after the failed music festival fizzled out before it even finalized. To examine the history behind the ill-fated festival, Netflix and Hulu each released documentaries in 2019: Fyre and Fyre Fraud, respectively. It seems as if everything involved with the infamous festival has to end in lawsuits and other legal actions, because now both Netflix and Hulu are reportedly slated for subpoenas related to the footage used in their documentaries. When will the Fyre Festival fiasco finally end?
This week, the bankruptcy trustee assigned to liquidate the rest of the Fyre Festival estate filed documents to subpoena footage used in the Hulu and Netflix documentaries to determine if the footage might be property of the Fyre Festival estate. “In order to create the documentaries, both Hulu and Netflix used unique behind-the-scenes footage of the festival,” reads the filing. “Due to a lack of information, it is impossible for the Trustee to determine where the footage came from and whether such footage was an asset of the Debtor’s estate.”
Hulu and Netflix have both declined to issue comments related to the possible subpoenas. If it is determined that any of the footage in the documentaries are indeed the property of the Fyre Festival, Netflix and Hulu would most likely settle out of court in order to quietly sweep the matter under the rug.
The Fyre Festival surfaced on social media in 2017 when major promoters like Kendall Jenner were paid to promote what was being billed as a “luxury music festival” on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. When the big weekend finally came, the festivals’ music acts all backed out as it became obvious that the event’s promoters had misled ticket holders and had absolutely zero idea how to organize and manage a festival.
Nevertheless, hundreds of attendees who had paid thousands of dollars for the festival arrived to discovery their luxury accommodations consisted of FEMA tents and prepackaged sandwiches. Today, the organizers of the festival are the subject of several lawsuits for more than $100 million in damages.