Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentary

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Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentaryAndy King

Andy King’s ears have been burning with delight. Event-producer-turned-meme-sensation, King has ascended to internet phenomenon status following his cameo on Fyre, Netflix‘s wildly popular documentary on the boutique festival that never was.

Viewers of the Netflix original will recall King as the interviewee who recounted a now-infamous phone call with Fyre Festival founder, Billy McFarland, who in short asked King to trade sexual favors to ensure the delivery of the event’s store of Evian water, after Bahamian customs detained Fyre Festival’s supply, demanding that staff pay a total of $175,000 in fees in exchange for the water.

Much like a phoenix, King is poised to soon rise from the ashes of the failed Fyre Festival. Vanity Fair reported that King has received a number of attractive offers following his famed documentary role. Three water companies, and three TV networks  have reportedly approached King.

“I can’t talk about it too much, but they’re essentially like, ‘Listen, we’re working on a new ad campaign,’” King said of the water companies’ promotional advances. “I had three TV show offers this week, from notable networks… Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events, what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliffhangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”

King is adamant that he isn’t interested in using his newfound fame to push a line of products stamped with his surname. Safe to say, King isn’t parched when it comes to promotional prospects.

“You’re not going to see me launch a handbag line or makeup,” King said. “I think I’m being given a platform that a lot of people, at age 58 especially, don’t get the opportunity to have. And I’m kind of excited about it.”

H/T: Vanity Fair

Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional payments

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Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional paymentsModels Fyre Festival

Fyre Festival had positioned itself in 2017 to be the world’s top luxury festival experience, capitalizing on promotion from globally revered models and eye-catching locations to draw millions of dollars in ticket sales. However, Fyre’s grisly end yielded a new reputation as something of an anti-festival, ending in open-and-shut catastrophe and, ultimately, cancellation. Recently released documentaries from Netflix and Hulu catapulted the failed festival back into public discussion and solidified its status as something of an organizer’s guide on how not to throw a festival.

Now, the modeling agencies representing Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin)—the stars of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video—have been purportedly subpoenaed to reveal details surrounding the payments they received from Fyre Media and convicted festival organizer, Billy McFarland.

Among the subpoenaed models is also Kendall Jenner, whom fire paid $250,000 to make a single Instagram post about the festival. Jenner, having hinted that members of G.O.O.D. Music would be performing at the festival, has since removed all related posts on the topic; the main point of contention here being that Jenner never indicated that she was being paid to promote the festival.

With, Gregory Messer, the trustee handling Fyre’s bankruptcy proceedings looking for more insights on the festival’s failure and McFarland’s shoddy planning, more subpoenas and legal orders are likely in store. In addition to the models, Messer plans to subpoena multiple talent agencies, including Paradigm and Jerry Media.

This story is still developing. 

H/T: Billboard

Netflix releases official trailer for forthcoming FYRE Festival documentary

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Netflix releases official trailer for forthcoming FYRE Festival documentaryFyre Festival Billy Mcfarland

The lamentable story of Fyre Festival will live on, thanks to a new Netflix documentary that weaves a narrative of the entire abysmal string of events leading up to the disaster of a music festival.

For anyone looking for a tutorial on how not to organize a music festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the ideal instructors. The failed and now infamous “festival” ended in thousands of people stranded on an island in The Bahamas. As a result, McFarland will be facing up to six years in prison and owes more than $25 million in damages.

According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves. The two-minute trailer showcases the mass panic of the workers as they attempted to prepare for the incoming fans, knowing that the conditions were not suitable to host them. It also displays behind the scenes moments with both McFarland as he conned investors to come on board, even though the execution of the festival was becoming increasingly unlikely.

The documentary will be titled FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened and is set to be released on Netflix January 18.

Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP

Netflix to release Fyre Festival documentary, as told by the the organizers themselves

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Netflix to release Fyre Festival documentary, as told by the the organizers themselvesFyre Festival Billy Mcfarland

In case the Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland being sentenced to six years in prison didn’t satisfy the narrative ending needs, Netflix looks to fill in the blanks with a new documentary, FYRE, about the disastrous music festival. The streamlining service recently released the trailer to the documentary, which showcases the expectations versus reality facade promoted by McFarland and Ja Rule. According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves.

FYRE will be released on Netflix on January 18. Additionally, Hulu will be running a docuseries about the event, set to air in 2019. Even Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island mentioned interest in making a movie with a similar story line to the cataclysmic failure.

The Netflix documentary was directed by Chris Smith, who made the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, about Jim Carrey’s transformation into performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.

H/T: Pitchfork

Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP

Fyre festival co-founder sentenced to six years in prison

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Fyre festival co-founder sentenced to six years in prisonFyre Festival Founder Sentenced Si Years Prison

Billy McFarland, the disgraced organizer of 2017’s now infamous Fyre music festival has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Billed as as ultra-luxe festival experience featuring names like Disclosure and Major Lazer, the ill-fated endeavor was a legal and logistical nightmare of viral proportions. The fest left defrauded investors and outraged fest-goers both clamoring angrily for their money back, with hundreds stranded on an island with everything from tent fires to packs of wild dogs.

McFarland and rapper Ja Rule’s joint dumpster fire set off a string of lawsuits and unfathomably shady business practices that culminated with McFarland’s arrest on wire fraud charges in June of of 2017. The disgraced businessman settled with the SEC for a whopping 27.4 million as part of his plea deal, which included a reduced sentence. The legend of the most epic fest fail of all time has only grown since, spawning everything from a sold out NYC merch pop up to a Hulu docuseries. The legal saga may be over, but the infamous tale of Fyre fest is sure live on.

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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland settles with SEC for $27.4 million

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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland settles with SEC for $27.4 millionBilly Mcfarland Ticket Scam Wire Fraud Grammys Coachella

The Fyre Festival shenanigans have finally come to an end as the founder and potential one-percenter island paradise provider Billy McFarland has accepted a plea to the tune of $27.4 million for the doomed disaster.

While news of McFarland’s legal battles don’t outright confirm whether or not he’ll be serving jail time, McFarland’s plea does come on the heels of him already accepting a guilty plea on two counts of wire fraud earlier this year. Essentially, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ensured that McFarland may never serve as an officer or a director of a public company again. Part of the SEC’s latest press release reads as follows:

“McFarland induced investors to entrust him with tens of millions of dollars by fraudulently inflating key operational, financial metrics and successes of his companies, as well as his own personal success – including by giving investors a doctored brokerage account statement purporting to show personal stock holdings of over $2.5 million when, in reality, the account held shares worth under $1,500.”

McFarland and investors Margolin and Simon have all been charged with “violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws,” and the three have all accepted the plea deals they have been offered.

H/T: The Verge

Fyre Festival founder ordered to pay two attendees $5 million

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Fyre Festival founder ordered to pay two attendees $5 millionBilly McFarland Fyre Fest Billboard 1548

More than a year after the train wreck that was Fyre Festival, Seth Crossno and co-plaintiff Mark Thompson have won their lawsuit against the disastrous event’s founder, Billy McFarland. The blogger who chronicled the vastly underdelivered Bahamian event, Crossno, and Thompson are the first festival victims to win a suit against McFarland. Their attorney Stacy Miller told Vice News, “I think there’s going to be a lot of people looking to collect, but we’ll be first.” Miller has delivered, to the tune of $5 million.

Together, the two men paid $13,000 for travel, accommodations, and luxury VIP passes. As it goes, Crossno and Thompson ended up on a storm-ridden island with disheveled tents, sandwich lunches with less dignity than prison food, and none of the “glamorous” amenities that lured high-rolling festival goers in from all over the world. According to Miller, each plaintiff was awarded $1.5 million in compensatory damages for hotels, flight, mental anguish, pain, and suffering in addition to $1 million in punitive damages.

The win came after McFarland failed to show up to court for over a year, piling on his current jail sentencing stemming from two counts of wire fraud. These new charges were brought against Ja Rule‘s “tech buddy” since the Fyre Festival incident, alleging he was still scamming people while out on bail. Old habits don’t die quick enough, it seems.

As to whether or not McFarland will be able to pay the plaintiffs, Miller seems optimistic. Despite failing to pay attorneys and crisis management groups for their services, a recent motion filed by federal prosecutors in McFarland’s criminal case suggests he has cash tucked away and makes $40,000 per month from freelance work.

Vice News also reported Crossno recently applied for the expired Fyre trademark, working on a new podcast called “Dumpster Fyre,” where he will discuss his hellish experience in depth.

H/T: Billboard, Vice

Hulu secures Fyre Festival docuseries

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Hulu has secured a new series just days after announcing its intent to release a joint subscription service with Spotify at $12.99 a month, a currently untitled, multi-part documentary focused on Billy McFarland’s infamously mishandled Fyre Festival.

Expected to air in 2019, the docuseries is in developmental stages, overseen by Billboard, Mic, and leading producer, The Cinemart. The Cinemart is memorable for its work on Jay-Z’s TV miniseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, and continues to collaborate with the rapper on Paramount Network’s six-part documentary series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

The series will feature interviews from inside sources, including local Bahamians, the duped attendees who were stranded upon their arrival at the defunct festival, vendors, and investigators. The documentary will additionally offer viewers hours of “never-before-seen footage,” leaked documents, emails, and recordings.

H/T: Hollywood Reporter

Fyre Festival head Billy McFarland pleads guilty to fraud, faces 40 years in prison

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Billy McFarland‘s career appears to have officially gone up in flames, the Fyre Festival organizer pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud on Tuesday, March 6.

McFarland had originally plead not guilty to charges of wire fraud and the admission of false statements to a bank in early October. The Fyre Festival spearhead was arrested back in June of 2017.

“As he admitted today, William McFarland tendered fake documents to induce investors and ticket vendors to put more than $26-million into his company and the disastrous Fyre Festival,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a statement following the entry of McFarland’s guilty pleas.

McFarland will now await his sentencing, which is slated to take place in July. Each of McFarland’s fraud charges bear a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, thus subjecting McFarland to a total possible sentencing of 40 years in prison.

H/T: Billboard

Fyre Festival founder pleads not guilty to fraud charges

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Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and making false statements to a bank.

McFarland was arrested in June on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of making false statements to a bank after he reportedly defrauded investors in Fyre Media. McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to convince investors to contribute more than $3 million to his company and the Bahamian festival.

In addition to the criminal charges, a number of civil lawsuits have been filed against McFarland and the festival’s other co-founder, Ja Rule, who has not been criminally charged.

Attendees of the late April festival paid thousands of dollars for the luxury event and were promised the “unparalleled best in music, cuisine, design and hospitality on a private island in the Exumas.” When they arrived, however, they were met with the total chaos of a completely underprepared event.

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H/T: FACT Magazine