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Cohen Will Spend Three Years In Prison Described As ‘Castle Behind Bars’

President Trump’s former lawyer will report to prison in just a few short days — May 6 — and serve his three-year sentence alongside some high profile residents in a prison just outside New York City that’s been dubbed the “castle behind bars,” The Daily Beast was first to report.  Otisville prison was described as a “castle behind bars” by the New York Post and listed as one of the “cushiest” prisons by Forbes Magazine, as the Daily Beast pointed out. The President’s former fixer will find h...
Tags: New York Post, News, Prison, New York City, Trump, Jersey Shore, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Sorrentino, Otisville, Billy McFarland, Nicole Lafond, Michael Cohen saga, Forbes Magazine as the Daily Beast

Hulu and Netflix may face subpoena over Fyre Festival documentaries

Hulu LLC and Netflix Inc. may face subpoenas over their production of documentaries about the festival. Gregory Messer, the Chapter 7 trustee for the Fyre Festival estate, sought the subpoenas in a filing Tuesday in bankruptcy court. He asked the judge to require Hulu and Netflix to show whether they paid for footage that should have been deemed an asset of the company. “In order to create the documentaries, both Hulu and Netflix used unique behind-the-scenes footage of the festival,” Messer s...
Tags: Advertising, Netflix, Hulu, Bahamas, Netflix Inc, Messer, McFarland, Hulu LLC, Billy McFarland, Gregory Messer

Attorney Recalls How the Fyre Festival Was Brought Down, Step by Step

Ben Meiselas wasn’t just a central figure in the class-action cases against the disastrous 2017 Fyre Festival — he’s also a star of both the Hulu and Netflix documentaries of the event. For anyone who doesn’t know, the Fyre Festival was advertised as a luxury event with gourmet chefs on a beautiful island where Migos, Blink-182 and […]
Tags: News, Netflix, Hulu, Mark Geragos, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, Ben Meiselas

Why You’re So Obsessed With Scammers

Experts weigh in on what makes us interested in fraudsters like Billy McFarland and Elizabeth Holmes.
Tags: News, Billy McFarland

Dreaming Big and Why Women Are So Bad At It

I know it’s a grand assumption to say that all women think and act this way but based on multiple conversations I have every year, it’s worth it to take a moment to talk about this. Similar to how topics like Why Your Background Matters, where its more of a systematic problem rather than superficial perspectives, the reason why women don’t dream big runs deeper.Although we believe ourselves to be strong women — if not downright feminists acutely aware of the effects of society on our gender —I’...
Tags: Startups, Startup, Austin, Elizabeth Holmes, Mentorship, Michelle, Austin Startups, Life-lessons, Women-in-tech, Billy McFarland, Female-founders, Homads

The minimalist, titanium Apple Card is perfectly positioned as a status symbol geared toward millennials (AAPL)

Apple announced this week it was launching a credit card that works with its virtual payment service, Apple Pay. The Apple Card is made of titanium and eliminates much of the information found on a typical card: no printed number, expiration date, or security code. The sleek design of the card follows in the footsteps of other aesthetically pleasing cards geared toward millennials, including the Chase Sapphire card, the Venmo card, and even the Magnises card from Billy McFarland of Fyre Festiv...
Tags: Apple, Trends, United Kingdom, Chase, American Express, SoFi, Chase Sapphire, Monzo, Billy McFarland, Magnises, Centurion Card, Apple Card, Apple Credit Card, Citi Chase and Capital One

He Created *NSYNC & Backstreet Boys — He Was Also The Ultimate Con Artist

There’s a moment in the Lance Bass–produced documentary about boy-band puppeteer and notorious conman Lou Pearlman that’s more heartbreaking than any one of the forlorn love songs *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys (Pearlman’s biggest conquests) ever recorded. It’s the scene in The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story when the five members of *NSYNC recount the time when, three years into their stadium-touring, million-of-records-sold, screaming-teen-inducing careers, they are finally presented with...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, Hbo, New York, Netflix, Aj, Jc Chasez, Hulu, Justin Timberlake, Bass, Backstreet Boys, Lance Bass, Elizabeth Holmes, Southwest, Aaron Carter

Apple's new credit card gets compared to Billy McFarland's credit card scam

Someone didn't watch the Fyre Festival documentaries. Apple announced its groundbreaking new pay feature during its event on Monday: A titanium credit card with no card number, no signature, no CVV, and no expiration date. All of the vital information would be stored in the Wallet app, so it's less of a credit card and more of a physical way to pay through the app. As wonderful as it seems, Twitter users couldn't help but compare it to Magnises, the credit card/social club scam that ...
Tags: Apple, News, Tim Cook, Michael Jackson, Eric Anderson, Eric Goldman, Ryan Perry, Parker Molloy, Julia Carrie Wong, Billy McFarland, Magnises, Erik Hinton, Apple Card, Raccoon City, William Needham Finley

Here's a look inside credit card startup Brex's new member-only San Francisco lounge

Credit card startup Brex has opened a members-only lounge in San Francisco's South Park district to give cardholders a place to gather — whether that be to work, hold meetings, or socialize.  Dubbed the "Oval Room," the space feels like a homier version of a WeWork, with sectional couches instead of communal work tables. It's also far smaller than a typical co-working space, as it's located above of what used to be a neighborhood cafe.  "It's not about exclusivity," Brex co-founder Henrique Du...
Tags: South Park, New York City, San Francisco, Trends, Business Insider, Oval Office, Nicholas, South Park Cafe, Oval Room, Billy McFarland, Brex, Henrique Dubugras, Pedro Franceschi, Dubugras, Deon Nicholas, Brex s Oval Room

Meet William Singer, The Ringleader At The Center Of The College Bribery Scandal

There's a new Billy McFarland in town, and his name is William Singer. Today, news broke of a $25 million nationwide college-acceptance fraud scandal, implicating at least 33 parents (among them, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, a famous fashion designer, and prominent real estate investors and CEOs); nine coaches at Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest, and Georgetown; two exam administrators; one exam proctor; one college administrator; and three people who organized the operation.At the cente...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Office, Yale, Elizabeth Holmes, Felicity Huffman, Georgetown, Lori Loughlin, Billy McFarland, Criminal ChargesA Week In Boston MA, William Singer Today, Yale Stanford USC Wake Forest, William Singer, Key Worldwide Foundation

Movie reviews. Almost.

I am on a sad-movie-watching binge. It started a few weeks ago. Wait. No. It probably started when I was in third grade and there was no grownup home until 8pm, so after school I went to the movie theater every day for a week to watch Wilbur lose Charlotte and learn to fend for himself. I think people who have sadness in their life use movies to work out their sadness by seeing it in other people. You know that truism about how we see other people so much more clearly than we see ourselves? I...
Tags: Careers, Charlotte, Blogroll, Frye, DSM, Wilbur, McFarland, Billy McFarland

Ja Rule Curses The Minnesota Timberwolves After Disastrous Halftime Performance

Ja Rule loves a scapegoat. Last month, he blamed the Fyre Festival documentaries for painting him and Billy McFarland in a negative light ("I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!") and now he's cursing the Minnesota Timberwolves for ruining his disastrous halftime performance during last night's Milwaukee Bucks game. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Ja Rule, Billy McFarland

Andy King, Subject of the Most Infamous Scene in ‘Fyre’, Begged Filmmakers to Cut It

Of the two recently released Fyre Festival documentaries, only one featured a scene where someone confessed that they’d be willing to perform fellatio in order to help the soon-to-be-doomed fest succeed. That would be Netflix’s Fyre, in which event producer Andy King admits that Fyre Festival “mastermind” Billy McFarland asked him to perform oral sex on some guy in order to secure a large quantity of Evian water for the festival. The moment quickly went viral after Fyre premiered, and turned Ki...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, Netflix, King, Andy King, Andy, McFarland, Billy McFarland, Fyre

This Is The Fyre Festival Documentary They Didn’t Want You To See

The Fyre Festival trilogy is now complete, and order to the universe is thus restored with this third documentary. It has Ken Bone! After Netflix and Hulu released their documentaries, Fyr3 steps into the Fyre Festival arena to complete the trilogy with a mostly crowdsourced documentary about everyone’s favorite disaster of a music festival. Featuring interviews with influencers Dolph Ziggler, Ken Bone and many more. All footage used without permission, FIELD NOTES FROM THE FUNNY OR DIE ...
Tags: Netflix, Humor, Hulu, Ja Rule, Best Of The Web, Billy McFarland, Dolph Ziggler Ken Bone, Joey Clift, Joey CliftNarrated, Joey CliftEdited, Joey CliftSoundtrack, Joey CliftWritten, Rena Hundert

Entertainment One Takes International Rights to Hulu’s ‘Fyre Fraud’

Entertainment One has picked up international rights to Hulu’s documentary on the disastrous Fyre Festival. “Fyre Fraud” looks at the unscrupulous dealings of Billy McFarland, the self-aggrandizing huckster who sold thousands of tickets to a music festival in the Bahamas that turned out to be a sham. Duped by a promotional campaign on social media […]
Tags: News, Global, Entertainment One, Hulu, Bahamas, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, Fyre Fraud

Ja Rule wants to put on another event like Fyre Fest: 'In the midst of chaos, there's opportunity'

The rapper Ja Rule told TMZ he has plans for an "iconic" music festival similar to the failed Fyre Fest, which was the subject of Netflix and Hulu documentaries this year. Ja Rule helped create the 2017 Fyre Fest with entrepreneur Billy McFarland, who is currently in prison for fraud.  "In the midst of chaos, there's opportunity," Ja Rule said. The catastrophic would-be music festival, Fyre Fest, was the subject of two documentaries this year from Netflix and Hulu. The rapper Ja Rule, who hel...
Tags: Google, Trends, Netflix, Hulu, Bahamas, Billy, Ja Rule, McFarland, Billy McFarland, Marie Kondo Ted Bundy

Fyre Festivals Billy McFarland Ordered to Pay $2.8 Million to Investor

In hot water … again. Fyre Festival cofounder Billy McFarland lost a pricey lawsuit that will require him to refund one of the investors who funded the botched event. Stars at Court According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, a judge in New York ordered the businessman, 27, on Thursday, February 7, to pay EHL Funding $2.8 million plus 30 percent interest and the company’s attorney fees. The ruling was a default judgment because McFarland “failed to appear, answer or otherwise...
Tags: New York, Religion, Netflix, Hulu, Bahamas, US Weekly, McFarland, Emily Ratajkowski, Patrick McMullan, Billy McFarland, TOP VIDEOS, Getty Images Fyre Festival, Kendall Jenner Hailey Bieber Bella Hadid

This leaked Fyre Festival pitch deck shows how Billy McFarland was able to secure millions for the most overhyped festival in history

A leaked sales deck for 2017's Fyre Festival contains the pitch CEO Billy McFarland gave investors ahead of the failed event. The sales deck contains misleading information about Fyre Festival, and has been described as "beyond parody." McFarland got investors to pump $26 million into the doomed festival, money he was ordered to forfeit after he was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud. A leaked sales presentation from Fyre Media reveals the pitch CEO Billy McFarland gave investors in t...
Tags: Trends, Netflix, Hulu, Bahamas, Vanity Fair, Securities And Exchange Commission, Don, McFarland, Nick Bilton, Billy McFarland, Fyre Media

After the Fyre Failure, What is the Role for Brand Influencers?

Brand influencers are a popular marketing tool because of their niche focus on a specific digital area. They include models, sports heroes, foodies, experts and all kinds of other bloggers. Companies use people (like me) to effectively increase their brand awareness because of our experience and online followings. After being heavily promoted by brand influencers on Instagram, the Fyre Festival failed spectacularly in spring of 2017. In addition, after watching the Netflix documentary, “Fyre: Th...
Tags: Instagram, Marketing, Sales, Netflix, Bahamas, Pablo Escobar, Bella Hadid, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, Kendall Jenner Emily Ratajkowski, Brand Influencers

This Nail Brand Is Donating Money to the Ripped-Off Fyre Fest Bahamian Workers

In 2017, "business man" Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule teamed up to create what was supposed to be a luxurious Bahamian music festival called Fyre Festival, that ended up being a severe failure with tents and cold cheese sandwiches. In the last month, both Hulu and Netflix have both come out with documentaries on the now legendary disaster, and it's coming to light that many of the Bahamian workers that were hired by McFarland were not paid. The people behind nail brand Digits are just as d...
Tags: America, Netflix, Beauty, Hulu, Nails, McFarland, Beauty Products, Beauty News, Beauty Trends, Manicure, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, Fyre Fest Orange Juicy Jelly Nails

Instagram: beware of bad influencers…

The picture-sharing site and its ilk are full of celebs peddling products and not being open about what they get in return. Will regulation help?The sun-drenched beaches of Exuma gleamed as brightly as the skin of the world-famous supermodels stretched out on yachts or dancing around flickering fires in the promotional video for Fyre, the glamorous music festival turned shambles turned scam that became the subject of the Netflix documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.The likes ...
Tags: Twitter, Fashion, Technology, Media, Instagram, Internet, Advertising, Social Media, Snapchat, Netflix, Kendall Jenner, Marketing & PR, Bahamas, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Bella Hadid Kendall Jenner

Fyre Fest Documentary Star Who Was Gonna Suck Dick For Water May Get His Own Show

Did you watch Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, Netflix's recent documentary about the spectacular Fyre Festival debacle? Event producer Andy King has emerged as the film's breakout star, a sympathetic guy who was just trying his best to pull the doomed festival off. And perhaps the most memorable moment in the … More »
Tags: Music, News, Netflix, Andy King, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Top Models Face Fyre Festival Subpoenas

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski and other top models, as well as the modeling agencies that represent them, can now be subpoenaed for their involvement in promoting the disastrous Fyre Festival, a federal judge ruled . The ruling is part of a bankruptcy case involving the festival, which took place in the Bahamas in April of 2017. The models all appeared in promotional videos and social media campaigns leading up to the ill-fated event, and now a judge says they mus...
Tags: Music, Netflix, Kendall Jenner, Hulu, Bahamas, Music Business, Live & Touring, Bruce Houghton, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, CC BY SA, Kendall Jenner Bella Hadid, Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland, Wikimedia Commons CelebrityAccess, Emily Ratajkowski. top models

Morning Docket: 01.30.19

* What do Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, and Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino all have in common? They may soon be inmates together at FCI Otisville, one of America's "cushiest" prisons. Oooh, looks like we've got a situation! [INSIDER] * "New York State’s campaign finance system is generally a scandal, and this is another example of it." Disgraced former New York AG Eric Schneiderman used campaign funds to pay the law firm that represented him during an in...
Tags: Prisons, Supreme Court, Law, America, Associated Press, Campaign Finance, New York State, Biglaw, Aba, ABA Journal, Trump, Jersey Shore, Michael Cohen, Clarence Thomas, New York AG, Eric Schneiderman

Keep Track Of The Theranos Scandal With This Detailed Timeline

Though the biggest scandal on people’s radar these days is Fyre Festival, there’s another one that's been brewing in the public's consciousness: Theranos.The story of the once famed biotech startup, founded by Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes, eerily echoes the quicksand-like trajectory of Billy McFarland’s doomed festival. And it’s the subject of a recently premiered HBO documentary by Alex Gibney, called The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley.Worth over $9 billion at its zenith, blood...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Stanford, Cms, Walgreens, Palo Alto, Austin, Pennsylvania, Medicare, Fda, Newark, Rupert Murdoch, Alex Gibney, Wall Street Journal, David Taylor

The Fyre Festival Drama Isn't Over — Now It's Coming For Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber & Kendall Jenner

The ashes of Fyre Festival continue to smolder. While Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland is currently serving his six-year sentence in federal prison for mail and wire fraud, civil suits are shedding light on more financial questions.Talent agencies representing big-name models who appeared in Fyre Festival’s promo commercial are expected to receive subpoenas, forcing them to reveal how much money was paid to them by McFarland, Billboard reports. Specifically, IMG Models, DNA Model Management, ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Kendall Jenner, Bahamas, Federal Trade Commission, Jenner, Bryan, Messer, McFarland, Chanel Iman, Billy McFarland, Fyre Media, Bella Hadid Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid Kendall Jenner Hailey Bieber, Gregory Messer

Original Content podcast: Fyre Festival docs shine light on a social media-fueled disaster

Netflix and Hulu have each released their own documentaries about the infamous Fyre Festival, and the hard-working hosts of the Original Content podcast have watched both of them. We’re joined this week by Brian Heater, and the three of us are unanimous on one thing: If you’re only going to watch one of these documentaries, make it “Fyre” on Netflix. It’s the better-made movie, offering a clearer retelling of what actually went wrong at the first-time music festival in the Bahamas. But if you...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Netflix, Hulu, Roma, Bahamas, McFarland, Brian Heater, Billy McFarland, Original Content Podcast, Fyre Fraud

The Internet Is Raising Money For the Only Sympathetic Person In Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ Documentary

Fyre, one of the two Fyre Festival documentaries that dropped last week, is a wall-to-wall showcase for frustrating to downright loathsome people. But there’s one truly sympathetic figure at the center of it all: Maryann Rolle, a restaurant owner who was hired to prepare food for the infamous, disastrous event. When the festival fell through, Rolle had to pay her staff out of her own pocket for the prep, taking a considerable financial loss int he process. Now, perhaps in an effort to prove tha...
Tags: Movies, Documentary, Netflix, Rolle, Fyre Festival, Great Exuma, Billy McFarland, Fyre, MaryAnn Rolle, Maryann Rolle Rolle

Netflix's 'Fyre' director explains how getting the footage of the NYC VIP Access ticket-selling scam was 'kind of an accident'

Netflix's "Fyre" director Chris Smith told Business Insider the footage that shows Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland doing the NYC VIP Access ticket scam was found by accident. Smith said the footage had been part of a shoot an artist named Kindo did of McFarland after he was on bail. Following McFarland's rearrest in connection to the ticket scam, Kindo realized he had shot McFarland doing the scam. "It was kind of an accident, they didn't even understand the significance of what they had...
Tags: New York City, Trends, Netflix, Vogue, Manhattan, Coachella, Smith, Hulu, Business Insider, Billy, Chris Smith, McFarland, Billy McFarland, Kindo, Anna Wintour McFarland, Kindo When Kindo