Hulu Boss Explains Why They Scooped Netflix with Fyre Fraud

TVGuide.com | 2/11/2019 | Megan Vick
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It was a serious case of shots fired (sorry, not sorry) in January when Hulu surprised everyone with its Fyre Festival film Fyre Fraud, just days before Netflix's highly publicized Fyre, about the same viral fiasco,was set to debut. The battle between the streaming giants pushed viewers to watch both documentaries to compare and contrast their take on the biggest fraud scam of 2017. According to Hulu, Fyre Fraud has been their most viewed movie for the last four weeks (Netflix historically doesn't release viewership numbers in case you wanted to compare those as well).

Hulu head of entertainment Craig Erwich explained to the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California on Monday why his service purposefully put its documentary out days before Netflix released its film, confirming it was an intentional move.

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"We had our documentary in the works for well over a year. We were aware of the other film. When the release date of that other film became clear, we moved very quickly with our finished film to get out ahead of them," Erwich said. "We felt that, given the story, we really wanted to be first and be on record with what we thought was the definitive account of it. It wasn't a dig at anyone else, it was just important for us and important to our viewers that we go first."

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