Hulu, Netflix threatened with subpoenas over dueling Fyre Festival documentaries

Hulu, Netflix threatened with subpoenas over dueling Fyre Festival documentaries
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Netflix and Hulu may be issued subpoenas over their documentaries about the failed 2017 Fyre Festival, according to a Bloomberg report.

Gregory Messer, the trustee for the state of the festival during its Chapter 7 bankruptcy, sought the filing Tuesday in bankruptcy court, moving for the two streaming giants to be forced to show whether they paid for footage that should have been deemed a Fyre Festival asset, according to the news outlet.

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“In order to create the documentaries, both Hulu and Netflix used unique behind-the-scenes footage of the festival,” Messer wrote. “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.”

Both Hulu and Netflix released competing documentaries earlier this year about the event, which was originally pitched as a two weekend-long music festival in the Bahamas.

Organizer Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to financial fraud after the event collapsed due to cancellations by musical acts and the promised luxury accommodations and catering fell through. Caterer Maryann Rolle raised more than $100,000 through GoFundMe after revealing she was not paid for her work catering nearly 1,000 meals per day.

Neither Netflix nor Hulu immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.