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The Bud Light Digital Dreams 2016 Festival in Toronto, billed as "the adventure of a lifetime," was just that for many festival goers who came to see a lineup featuring acts like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Above & Beyond and more. We supported Electric Aura Lighting Designers Robert Sondergaard and Jason McKinnon's designs on the Main Stage and Bacardi Bass Tent and TD Echo Beach Stages. PRG proprietary products in the setups included 32 Best Boy Spots, 10 Bad Boy Spots, and 2 Mbox. All photos courtesy of Robert Sondergaard.
Lighting Design – Robert Sondergaard and Jason McKinnon, Electric Aura
Pete Lawlor – Festival Director/Production Manager, Digital Dreams
Produced by – Live Nation
24 x B-Eye K-20
58 x Sharpy
32 x Best Boy HP Spot
32 x Robe Robin 1200
52 x Atomic Strobe
48 x Impression X4
290 x Colorblast TRX
18 x ColorForce 12
16 x 4-Lite Blinders
Virtuoso Node for DMX over Artnet Distribution
MA2 for Main, Backup and Touring LD Control
Chamsys for Touring LD Control
Bacardi Bass Tent Stage
16 x B-Eye K20
16 x Sharpy
6 x Bad Boy Spot
56 x Impression X4
47 x Elation ACL-360 Bar
16 x Altman UV Light
24 x 2-Lite Blinder
MA2 for Main, Backup Control
Echo Beach Stage 16 x B-Eye K20
29 x Sharpy
32 x Mac Aura
4 x Bad Boy Spot
2 x Mbox
6 x ColorForce 72
240 x Versa Tube
16 x Atomic Strobe
MA2 for Main, Backup Control
For PBS's A Capitol Concert annual July 4th televised program, PRG supported the team at Full Flood and Capital Concerts, Inc. on lighting and audio solutions. For audio, our setup included DiGiCo consoles for FOH and Mon as well as a full L’Acoustics K2 rig for the main stage with KARA and ARCS for additional locations. We also provided L’Acoustics wedges for the bands and in-ear monitors, plus wireless as well as wired microphones.
Organized by PRG’s Senior Business Account Manager, Zoe Borys, and President of the Studio Mechanics Local 476, Bradley Matthys, over 50 people were in attendance for a special open house training day at our Chicago location. The day was filled with opportunities for members of the 476 to learn about PRG’s innovations and collaboration with filmmakers. Introductions and presentations on PRG’s services were led by the General Manager and VP of Audio Services in Chicago, Randy Hutson, our COO Of Television, Brian Edwards, and Senior Business Development Account Managers, Daniel Hammond and Zoe Borys. The group was broken down into two groups and taught by Daniel Hammond, Bryan Besterfeldt, Terran Belue, David James (GM of PRG Canada), Trisha Maas (North American Sales of Cineo Lighting), and Jared Moore (Dimmer Board Operator for the 1st Rated Television Show, EMPIRE).
Event Safety Alliance, a nonprofit safety trade organization serving the needs of the live event industry, is delighted to welcome Production Resource Group (PRG) to our family of sponsors. The world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, PRG, is affirming their commitment to ensuring safe events worldwide through their premier, diamond-level sponsorship of the ESA.
“We’re thrilled and humbled by PRG’s generous support of the mission, “stated ESA founder and Chairman Jim Digby. “Safety has been a key priority throughout all segments of PRG’s operations, and their support of the ESA is yet another testament to that fact. PRG's sponsorship will help the ESA secure vital resources needed to continue expanding our training initiatives, guidance development, and global outreach. Most importantly, PRG has stated their commitment to encouraging their employees to become involved in and uphold the values of the ESA throughout their professional lives.”
Bobby Allen, PRG Music Vice President of Special Events who has crafted safety plans for many complex events said, “Safety is of the utmost concern at the live events we support everyday around the world. We believe in the ESA’s mission to foster a culture of Life Safety First in our industry and we’re proud to sign on as a sponsor to assist the ESA in achieving their training and advocacy goals.
He continued, “Running a successful show starts with the safety and security of our people as well as those who will be attending. We’re excited to partner with the ESA and will do our part to ensure our employees’ involvement and training in their programs.”
PRG was proud to support the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards that were held at Bank United Center in Miami, Florida.
PRG XL Video provided the 5,375 square feet of LED technology with products including Unview 6mm floor modules, Absen 6mm, Pixled F-11, Pixled F-9L, ROE MC-18 Hybrid, and Barco FLX pixels.
The special Duets show was stage to a record setting 38 performers including Marc Anthony, Juan Gabriel, Don Omar, and Daddy Yankee. Almost everything on the stage was built custom to the needs of the scenic design team, including even removing tiles from their power supplies and frames to create a video driven light box for a set change.
PRG additionally supplied the lighting for the Red Carpet.
Special thanks to our team at Telemundo:
Abe DeJesus – VP of Production Services
Tony Mojena – Executive Producer
Alex Perrera – Scenic Designer
Pilar Lamadrid – VP Specials
And our PRG XL Video Team:
Aberaham Tilahun – XL Technical Director
Viktor Martinm – XL Project Manager
The new members in Poland, Hungary and Romania will support growing PRG Alliance demand for technical production services in the region.
The market is changing and major producers are bringing more projects to Eastern Europe. The region is hosting major international events in segments such as sports, music festivals and corporate events.
In order to keep up with this demand, PRG Alliance welcomes two new members to its international network: ARAM Multimedia in Poland; and Visual Europe, covering Hungary and Romania.
ARAM is one of the largest companies in Poland specializing in full production solutions with an emphasis on event design; creative video technology applications; and project management for large scale events, offering a wide range of services from concept to delivery.
Visual Europe is a new group in Hungary created by the merger of the companies DCN Rental and AV Control. The company today is owned by Garangold Venture Capital Fund, a private equity fund that is now investing in new technology, and soon in the acquisition of another company in the country. They will open a new office in Romania to follow its vision to be the largest technical event production company in the region.
The two companies explain the benefits in being members of PRG Alliance: “Now that we have invested in the creation of Visual Europe as one company, we need to have a strong partner in Europe to learn from them and to generate new business opportunities for both parties. We believe that our clients will be the ones to gain from the application of the technical knowledge we will get from the relationship with the other members”, says Szabolcs Botond, CEO of Visual Europe Group.
“ARAM has a similar strategy as PRG as we can support larger, more complex productions. We see a lot of synergy also with the other members of PRG Alliance and we believe this partnership will bring many benefits for both Polish and international markets”, comments Rafal Mrzyglocki, Managing Director of ARAM Multimedia.
“We are pleased to welcome these new partners in Eastern Europe,” said Tom van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “Our clients and Alliance partners are seeing a growing demand for events across the region, and the addition of these new rental suppliers to the PRG Alliance ensures we can expand our high quality of service into even more countries.”
The partnership has already started with the companies collaborating with the PRG Alliance members for support in productions in their regions and abroad across this busy summer season.
With 2016 marking the Diamond Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Charity is undertaking a variety of special fundraising events and initiatives during the year.
The Charity, which transforms the lives of young people through volunteering, physical, expedition, skill and residential challenges, held a unique Gala event in early June at the beautiful Stoke Park venue in Buckinghamshire.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary, the ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ Gala was held in the presence of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex, and included a dinner and entertainment including a performance from Sir Tom Jones.
The event was produced by Jeremy Hartley of Entertainment Industries, with production design by acclaimed creative Nicoline L. Refsing of Rockart Design, who has previously delivered iconic stage designs for major events such as The BRIT Awards, League of Legends Worlds 2015 and creative direction for Eurovision.
PRG XL Video’s Special Events specialist, Steve Greetham, was contacted by Hartley and Refsing to supply video and lighting technology for the event. Greetham has previously delivered event technology for other high profile events including the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert, and the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Wembley.
The event design was created by Refsing and themed as a sophisticated, spectacular event that James Bond himself would attend. There were several surprising elements, guests were greeted by a selection of 007’s famous vehicles outside the entrance and a row of sculptures of Bond girl dresses arranged on glitter plinths. These were lit using an array of LED fixtures from PRG XL.
Inside the venue, six large arched windows were covered with vinyl and transformed into shaped projection canvasses. Using six pairs of Panasonic 21k high brightness projectors and with content fed from a Catalyst media server, the shaped windows displayed a precisely mapped projection of graphics and logos from supporters of the event.
The main and central stages and rigging for the lighting and video were supplied by Blackout Ltd and PRG XL Video worked closely with them to ensure a seamless production.
Across the main room and above the stage, an array of PRG XL Video’s Varilite moving light spots and washes, and additional LED fixtures were used to light the space according to the lighting design by Svend Pedersen, and switched to an active design for the live performances. Philips Colorblast LED uplighters lined the walls around the hall, creating decorative effects on the golden drapes.
Lighting for the event was managed by PRG XL Account Manager, Mat Ilott, with Tony Fagan acting as lighting Crew Chief on site.
Upstage PRG XL Video supplied a large 11mm resolution LED screen which formed the backdrop for the live performances. Downstage, a roller projection screen from Blackout dropped down to show playback content including information films, and house right a further wall projection screen from Blackfriars Scenery mirrored the content.
To capture the live performances PRG XL supplied a four-camera Panasonic portable production unit paired with Sony HD cameras. A recording of the event was also captured for later use by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award organisation. The video set up of LED, camera system and projection was specified by PRG XL Video Senior Account Manager, Paul Wood.
Refsing created a unique look and experience beyond other event designs to distinctively brand the event, delivering a transformation that also retains some of the unique venue characteristics. By cleverly working with the venue’s architecture and weight limitations of the roof, Refsing created and supplied the integrated window and screen content, the gold and diamond colour palette and a unique, centralised gold drape design radiating from a central stage that would allow an inclusive, 360 degree vantage point for the audience.
“We were delighted to be asked to supply technology for this Gala event,” commented Steve Greetham. “Whilst events of this nature always present some specific challenges, working closely alongside experienced companies like Blackout, make the production run more smoothly. With Jeremy overseeing the event production and with Nicoline’s beautiful design, it’s no surprise the evening was a success.
“PRG XL Video would like to congratulate The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on this milestone anniversary!”
Nicoline Refsing, Founder and creative force behind Rockart Design added “It’s a huge privilege to be working on this incredible event with Jeremy and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team. I started with the essence of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award brand to come up with the event design, so that all the elements integrate to give an exciting 360 degree total theatre experience. It’s always fantastic for Rockart Design to work with PRG XL, the best in the business, it has been a great partnership which has seen us work together to deliver a true visual spectacle. I have collaborated with Paul Wood from PRG XL for years across many huge events, the company has always delivered outstanding results whether it has been LED or projection solutions.”
PRG had the privilege of providing production support for the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented by the George W. Bush Institute. The Symposium took place in Orlando where representatives from around the world gathered to discuss solutions to help returning servicemen and women overcome their invisible wounds and improve outcomes for their transition back to civilian life. For more information, including a complete video of the panel discussion from the event, please visit the official site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) – leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions is working with global entertainment design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. to ensure a seamless Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal. The Rock in Rio festival collaboration between PRG and Vectorworks will demonstrate the realization of workflows using ESP Vision software to previsualize each lighting designer's concept. As in previous years, PRG will be supplying lighting technology and all related rigging for the festival. The event technology specialist is now in its 13th year of working with Rock in Rio.
“We started working with Rock in Rio back in 2004; during this time, we were able to supply lighting and video technology at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Las Vegas and Lisbon,” said Christoph Hahnl, Senior Account Manager at PRG. “This year’s festival marks the 30th anniversary of Rock in Rio, and we are excited to be on board.”
Now owned by Vectorworks, Inc., Vision puts the power to previsualize and cue your show at your fingertips. The software enables entertainment designers to rehearse the look of a show before they arrive at the venue. Adaptations and changes can easily be made in advance, allowing for more efficient working.
"With the increasing need to simulate a lighting design before it's ever executed on a live stage, our collaboration with PRG at Rock in Rio Lisbon provides the perfect venue in which to demonstrate our commitment to empowering today's entertainment designers," said Stewart Rom, chief marketing officer for Vectorworks. "We look forward to showing the world how our two companies can contribute to the ultimate show experience in Lisbon this year and enable today's visionaries in lighting design to advance the way they work."
As part of their ongoing collaboration, PRG is working with Vectorworks' R&D department to create leading solutions and is among the first to use the companies latest software technologies. Vectorworks® Spotlight users are able to work with a catalog of PRG-owned gear in the software, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers. The close working proximity to designers allows PRG an active exchange of ideas to identify the latest requirements and be involved in leading the development of future technology. Spotlight is the industry-leading software for entertainment design that allows designers to work in 2D and 3D with integrated worksheet functionality and rendering capabilities.
“The collaboration with Vectorworks is well underway, and we have already identified ways to improve internal and external working processes,” said Götz Bauer, Special Operations Director at PRG. “By incorporating PRG’s gear into the Spotlight software library, users are able to work increasingly efficiently and improve working processes. Our close relationship with designers from around the world enables us to really make a difference by using their feedback, and our experience to create solutions from which the whole industry can gain.”
The festival will take place over two consecutive weekends starting on May 19, 2016. The lineup features acts like Queen + Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Korn, Ariana Grande, Hollywood Vampires and Avicii. The lighting design for the festivals in Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon was created by lighting designer Terry Cook for Woodroffe Bassett Design.
On Saturday 23rd April 2016 the world celebrated the life and work of William Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of his death. The commemorative events included Shakespeare Live! From the RSC – a live production including music, drama and comedy, which took place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate who, as well as appearing together in Doctor Who, shared the lead roles in a West End production of Much Ado About Nothing, the show took place in front of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and a specially selected audience.
Shakespeare Live! was also broadcast live on BBC2 in the UK, and was recorded for later screenings on TV and in cinemas worldwide.
Working with RSC Production Manager, David Tanqueray; Production Designer; Robert Jones; Lighting Designer, Vince Herbert; Video Designer, Alex Uragallo; and BBC Television Lighting Director, Nigel Catmur, PRG XL Video provided some key elements of technology for Shakespeare Live! including their GroundControl™ Remote Followspot system, and LED for a flown back wall and proscenium arch.
The GroundControl™ Remote Followspot system allows a specially customised PRG Bad Boy spotlight to be rigged and flown above the audience, whilst the control unit is situated on the ground. The light fixture includes a camera, and the control unit includes a live feed from the camera, enabling the operator to have local control of lighting intensity, iris, zoom and edge.
Peter Marshall, Account Director for PRG XL Video, was contacted by Lighting Designers Vince Herbert and Nigel Catmur to discuss the best options for adding followspots for this one-off event, and Marshall recommended the innovative GroundControl system. Peter comments: “We were pleased to be able to contribute to this special event, and to demonstrate the difference that the GroundControl Remote Followspot can make in a theater environment.
Peter continues: “We gave Vince, Nigel and David a demonstration at our warehouse in Longbridge, and they were sold on the concept.”
David Tanqueray explains, “The Royal Shakespeare Theatre does not usually have a requirement for roving high brightness followspots, but the nature of this unique production, including lighting it for television broadcast, meant that we needed to bring in spotlights, as they were a vital part of the show design.”
“We do not have traditional followspot positions in the auditorium, so this new GroundControl technology, enabled us to include bright spotlights in the production without having any seat-kill. It really helped us achieve the result we wanted without adversely affecting the production.”
Nigel Catmur agreed: “The GroundControl Followspot is a genius concept. We couldn’t have done the show without them.”
Production Designer, Rob Jones, whose credits include the RSC’s Hamlet with David Tennant, and The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse, both of which were filmed and broadcast on television, created a versatile layered environment for the performers. With the orchestra located upstage, during several performances it was masked by a flown LED screen, formed from PRG XL’s ROE MC-7 high resolution blackface LED.
The screen was raised and lowered as required, being used for segments including comedy from the Horrible Histories team; and scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’, and ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. The LED screen was also occasionally masked by a semi-transparent drape which created an extra layer of depth to the production.
Slightly downstage, Rob Jones’ design included a proscenium arch, which was also populated with the MC-7 LED both to the front face, and with an angled reveal on both sides and across the underside of the arch beam.
Video Designer, Alex Uragallo explains: “With the 3D planes of the arch, one the hardest things was mapping the video content across the LED panels. It took some extra consideration to make sure the content flowed seamlessly, wherever the camera moved.
“The arch worked really well, seemingly having the content move with the performers, and was clearly visible from multiple camera angles.
Alex continued: “I was surprised at how black the LED screen face is when off, and this created an almost glossy surface which matched well with the black formica floor. For the scenes where the moon was displayed on the rear LED screen, I was particularly pleased with the quality and subtlety of the moon reflection. The LED was a great way of achieving this effect without having a massive light source, and I would definitely consider using this again in other productions.”
Oliver Luff, Senior Account Manager at PRG XL Video commented: “We were delighted to help the Royal Shakespeare Company with this very special celebration event. Our MC-7 LED is a versatile product, and the combination of live theater performance and television broadcast showed that it is ideal for many different uses. Alex Uragallo’s content looked fantastic, and we were happy to contribute to making this historic occasion a success.”
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today a new brand for their creative LED special projects team, formerly a subsidiary of XL Video.
Now known as PRG Projects, the team, led by Frederic Opsomer and Kristof Soreyn, is renowned for creating and providing innovative custom video solutions. The teams are based at PRG’s location in Ostend, Belgium and in China. The new PRG Projects team will also incorporate, and work more closely with, the former XL Video research and development team based in Shenzhen, China. The combined expertise of the team has already been responsible for realizing some of the most technology-forward designs and custom installations in concert touring, large-scale spectacles, television, and sporting events, including ceremonies in Athens, London, and Sochi over the last several years.
In addition to working with the team in Ostend, PRG Projects in Shenzhen will continue to focus on sourcing LED products in China for PRG and for PRG Alliance partners.
“PRG Projects’ goals are now positioned to fit PRG’s overall vision to create bespoke creative LED products for all of the different market segments in which we are active,” explains Opsomer. “The designers and project managers that we have on our team, in both Ostend and Shenzhen, have decades of experience in creating and producing the world’s most innovative solutions.”
“PRG Projects leads the entertainment technology industry in advancing the creative application of LED technology and are an incredible asset for PRG and our clients,” says Stephan Paridaen, President & Chief Operating Officer, Production Resource Group. “The team, which consists of a range of creative and innovative experts in the field of custom video solutions, has a strong focus on innovation, product development, and system packaging. The team also works closely with strategic manufacturing partners to help develop and refine technology and options that meets the needs of producers and creatives in all of our markets.”
For further information, please visit the PRG Projects website.
PRG supported the inaugural Light City Baltimore, a week-long music and arts festival that took place on the inner harbor and surrounding neighborhoods. Working with The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, we provided all of the lighting support and projection support for over 23 artists' installations. To prepare for the outdoor event, which was meant to spotlight positive happenings in the city and promote international tourism, PRG needed to prepare for the weather as well. Projection screens were securely fastened to deal with the high winds by the water and, to protect the lighting fixtures, PRG's scenic team in New Windsor created custom enclosures for the 120+ lights lining the perimeter of the 2.5 mile art walk path along the harbor.
One of the biggest structures we supported at the Light City Baltimore was "The Beacon", a 16ft cube LED wall sitting atop a 12 ft base. The Beacon served as a visual hub for visitors by displaying schedule and sponsorship information that was easy to spot from a distance. While there were a number of projection installations that we supported at Light City, the Columbus Center's successful art display was a highlight given the challenge of working with its peaked topped pavilion. Come show time, our team was able to get the color intensity and fit of the image along the curved rooftop just right.
PRG is proud to be providing lighting support for Light City Baltimore, a mesmerizing festival of light shows, video projections, light sculptures, and more, happening at the Baltimore Inner Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods this week. Light City is a free event produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts and is going on now through April 3rd.
PRG was onsite supporting the Polartec Big Air at Fenway event in Boston in February where athletes from around the world came to compete on a 140-foot high snow ramp for two days of snowboarding and freeskiing in the middle of the historic Fenway Park field. As athletes tore down the jump, PRG lit the way, providing white light LED and PRG Best Boy Wash units for the NBC broadcast event.
PRG XL Video, event services and event technology specialist, will be present at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt and will be showcasing a broad program as well as various innovations. As in previous years, PRG will be located in the “Festhalle“ hall, which also hosts the PRG Live Entertainment Award on 4th April 2016, the evening before the exhibition officially opens.
For the first time, this year’s award ceremony will include acts from the entire German-speaking DACH region, consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The awards will be presented in front of 1300 guests during a “carbon neutral“ event.
For the duration of the Prolight + Sound the “Festhalle“ will be the exclusive presentation and showroom area for PRG XL Video and their cooperation partners. During this time, visitors can expect a show that will be even bigger then last year's event, including more than 1,000 light fixtures, video mapping, lasers, special effects, sound systems as well as kinetic solutions. The show will demonstrate the latest event technology in action. Visitors can also look forward to a backstage tour that includes a look at the equipment used for the PRG LEA award ceremony and also the 3D projections of the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis“ and a virtual warehouse tour, which is brought to live by ten projectors in the “Festhalle“.
At this year‘s Prolight + Sound PRG Video XL will also focus on presenting its wide service range. The division PRG Alliance will be present and inform visitors about the company’s global network. The PRG Subrental Portal division (http://subrental.prg.de/en) will also be attending. The portal aims to connect with suppliers, who would like to offer their equipment for rent to PRG. Also at the exhibition will be the newly launched PRG Crew Portal (http://crew.prg.de/en), an online portal that makes connecting and working with PRG easier.
There will be demonstrations of PRG’s Ground Control System and a range of technology innovations by SGM and EAW. The development division of PRG, PRG Projects, will present the latest custom-build LED and control technology products.
One of the highlights of this year‘s PRG XL Video attendance will be a used equipment sale hosted in a 3,000 sqm hall outside the exhibition grounds. More information about this event can be obtained at the ProShop information counter located in the “Festhalle“. A shuttle service to and from the hall will be provided.
In addition to PRG XL Video‘s services and equipment, several sponsors and partners will also be present with stands in the “Festhalle“. Please refer to our Prolight + Sound website for up to date information on our program at the exhibition.
PRG XL Video, event service and event technology specialist, has opened its new branch in Vienna, Austria. The new location allows for closer proximity to Austrian-based clients which include companies, agencies and institutions.
PRG XL Video in Austria will be managed by Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel. The experienced LED specialists join the company as directors of “Outdoor LED” and will be the main customer contact. Due to their extensive experience in the field of international sport, the main focus of the new branch will be Outdoor LED and sporting events.
The new branch allows Production Resource Group to be physically present in the Austrian market. “Austria is an attractive market for our company“ says Carsten Zwerg, member of the board at PRG, “With Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel we have found two very knowledgable specialists who complete the Austrian team and enable us to support our customers nationally and internationally. We are pleased to have them on board.“
Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel will be present at (the) PRG XL Video (area) in the “Festhalle“ at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
As French electronic music producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known as Madeon, made his way through the US for his Pixel Empire Tour, PRG was on hand to support, providing video for the custom chevron design on stage as well as lighting, truss, and rigging.
India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the UK in late 2015 and PRG XL Video was asked to supply lighting, video and rigging for a special celebration event at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The show combined the best of British and Indian culture and included dancing displays, musical performances, and speeches from both Modi and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. To compliment the festivities, a team from PRG XL Video, working with Production Stage Manager, Trish McGlenaghan, Lighting & Production Designer, Mark Cunniffe, and Production Manager, Tim Hudson, specified all the lighting, rigging and video technology and employed their expert know-how and to ensure the production was a success.
Rigging for the event incorporated many different elements both on stage, and around the stadium, and included a Kinesys system on stage for the automation. The rigging team were led by Q Willis, with Yose Lawson and Jay Call leading the team. Call also performed the role of Kinesys operator on show day.
Luke Jackson was the lighting crew chief tasked with delivering Mark Cunniffe’s design, which used over 500 fixtures around the pitch and stage, including PRG’s own Bad Boy and Best Boy HP units, more than 100 Clay Paky Sharpys, 80 Clay Paky Mythos, and over 240 SGM P-5 LED lights which formed a brightly coloured border around the stage.
To create a multi-layer lighting effect, lighting was situated around the famous Wembley pitch, as well as on Level 3 all around the iconic venue. Spotlights were also situated on level 3, and for this PRG XL Video employed ten 4K Gladiators, and two 2K Troupers. Alongside Jackson, Alex Passmore and Dan Young were key operators on the lighting crew.
The company also worked with Chris Ewington to supply 26 of his innovative IPIX DB1 light sources, which were used to great effect below and alongside the main video screen onstage. These lighting units are LED based, enabling them to create colour-changing effects. The DB1s were controlled via Avolites Ai media servers supplied by PRG XL Video, who worked alongside Ewington to install the fixtures at the venue.
On stage, a large 16m wide x 7 m high LED screen formed from ROE MC-18 displayed playback graphics and content fed from PRG XL Video’s Catalyst media servers.
Either side of the main stage, two IMAG screens in portrait format made from ROE MC-7 took live footage from PRG XL’s Large Karrera PPU system which was directed by Jerry Rosenfield. The PPU was engineered by broadcast specialists Malcolm Whittall and Richard Burford.
Three Sony HXC-100 HD cameras and three Bradley robocams captured the footage, which was streamed live on YouTube for four hours, as well as live broadcast to audiences around the world. The video can be viewed in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyoQWOHDdak.
The LED screens were built and managed by crew boss Jolyon Oliver and Steven Grinceri.
Word on the Street
The Account Director for Lighting and Rigging was Yvonne Donnelly-Smith, with Project Management support from Bill Martin.
Donnelly-Smith commented: “The event was interesting and creatively challenging. Whilst the lead time was short, we were fortunate to work with an amazing production team headed up by Tim Hudson and Trish McClenaghan. As we supplied lighting, video and rigging together, it meant that we were able to deliver solutions on budget and in a timely and efficient manner.”
Production Manager, Tim Hudson said: “With such a short pre-production period, and the many challenges that came with this event, the combined package provided by PRG XL Video, not least the HODs, was essential in ensuring that nothing was overlooked. The attention to detail and high standards of professionalism, combined with a proactive and imaginative approach, and a commitment to finding practical solutions, was a very welcome contribution to both Mark Cunniffe and myself.”
Special Events Account Director, Steve Greetham looked after the video setup for the event. He comments:
“This was an interesting project in that it was a large scale international event with a very short lead time, and as such relied heavily on effective communication between all elements of the production.
“The client, Wembley Stadium, the production team, creatives and suppliers all collaborated to pull together a once in a lifetime event of the highest standards, and this enabled the combined abilities of PRG XL Video to be shown off to great advantage. The integration of the video, lighting and rigging elements was smooth, efficient, and very enjoyable to be involved in.”
New PRG Lighting Library features growing repository of content that will enhance the user experience
As a part of their shared commitment to empower today's entertainment designers, Vectorworks, Inc. and Production Resource Group (PRG) announce that they will collaboratively develop and implement new features for Vectorworks® Spotlight software. More specifically, PRG will work with Vectorworks' research and development team to develop new tools and object libraries for Spotlight, the standard for CAD software in entertainment design, as well as drive efficient workflows that are crucial to the industry.
"Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art technology and tools that enable designers to explore their ideas so they can ultimately develop, document and communicate designs that create memorable entertainment experiences," said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Vectorworks. "We gravitate toward strategic industry partners such as PRG because they are uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services required for our customers."
Vectorworks is a global leader in developing 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries, including Spotlight software, which helps professionals in the lighting, scenery, set, event, theatre and exhibit design space balance the need for individual creativity with the requirement for synchronized, accurate design information.
Contributing more than 25 years of experience to the partnership, PRG is the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, providing integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery for clients all over the world. With more than 40 offices worldwide, the company has relied on Spotlight software for many years.
"In conjunction with the announcement of this partnership comes our initial efforts with creating a large catalog of PRG gear as library content for Spotlight users," said PRG's Special Operations Director Götz Bauer. "The increased content resources will be a tremendous efficiency gain, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers."
Initial content that will be shared through this partnership includes PRG’s own line of production equipment including lighting instruments, consoles, LED panels, trusses, motors and media servers. PRG is also adding other content from vendors that it represents and supplies, such as Prolyte Truss and Vari-Lite.
The growing content library is available initially as a first-access benefit for Vectorworks Service Select members and can be downloaded here. To learn more about the growing content library, Vectorworks Service Select members can visit this link
Zoe Borys, Dan Hammond join PRG in senior business development roles
Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), the partner of choice for the world’s leading creative talents in the entertainment field, has announced the addition of industry veterans Zoe Borys and Dan Hammond to the PRG team. Borys will serve as Senior Account Executive for Business Development, with responsibility for developing opportunities for the wide spectrum of PRG entertainment solutions in the feature film, television and commercial market segments in Canada and in the eastern United States. Hammond, in his new role as Senior Account Executive and Business Development, will serve in the same capacity for the western U.S., including Hollywood.
“The addition of Zoe and Dan is an important step in the continued expansion of PRG’s services and reach,” says Brian Edwards, CEO, Television and General Manager of PRG. “Both Zoe and Dan bring a strong personal relationships among key creatives in the motion picture business, and deep insight into their needs and working methods. PRG’s unparalleled technical prowess, inventory and problem-solving acumen, along with Zoe and Dan’s experience and expertise, make for an unbeatable combination.”
Known for bridging technology and talent, Borys brings to her work more than 20 years of trusted partnership with the cinematic community. Prior to joining PRG, she was General Manager at Fletcher Camera & Lenses during that company’s national expansion, and oversaw Fletcher’s service to groundbreaking, complex productions like Public Enemies and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Her resume also includes respected stints as account executive for industry stalwarts like Panavision and Eastman Kodak, as well as studio manager for Chapman Cranes and Dollies in Orlando, Florida. She is an associate member of the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers), an invitation-only organization for industry pros who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the craft of cinematography.
Hammond’s three decades of experience at the nexus of technology and creativity is similarly impressive. Working closely with many of Hollywood’s top storytellers, he uses his broad knowledge in image capture to help filmmakers realize their vision. Prior to joining PRG, Hammond worked Cineverse/VER, connecting filmmakers with resources to facilitate a wide range of productions. Previously, he was Director of Cinema Technical Services at Doremi Labs, where he was responsible for directing a global team providing technical support and training programs to digital cinema exhibition companies and post production facilities, and supporting a major expansion of the company’s global footprint. That role followed a 19-year tenure at Panavision in a variety of roles, always connecting motion picture imaging tools with cinematic storytellers. Hammond was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia College in 1996 and holds memberships in the International 3D Society, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Association of Independent Commercial Producers.
“I’m very pleased to join forces with PRG,” says Hammond. “From concept through execution, PRG has no equal when it comes to groundbreaking creativity in lighting and stage production. There’s so much innovation being driven by PRG’s worldwide operations, and our job will be to put that technology into the hands of today’s filmmakers as they create their stories. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Borys says, “In our business, it takes a team of creative and technical professionals working together to make a film. That’s what I find most compelling about PRG—the team here understands the collaborative creative process, and how to support that process with precision and efficiency. I’m thrilled to be part of the PRG team.”
Production Resource Group is the partner of choice for the world’s leading entertainment and event producers, designers, and creative talents. PRG teams stage some of the most unique, challenging, and groundbreaking projects across a broad range of markets. From corporate events, live music tours and festivals, theatre, television and film, to sports and other major public events, to permanent installations at theme parks, retails stores, and performing arts centers—PRG is on-site, from concept through execution, with the most creative and cutting edge production solutions available. No other company can match the depth and breadth of PRG's global resources, technological expertise and experience.