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PRG, the global partner of choice for the world’s leading entertainment and event producers, designers, and creative talents, announced today the debut of GroundControl Longthrow™ (GCLT), a revolutionary new product addition to PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System. In addition, PRG has announced Mbox v4 software for media server professionals as well as enhancements to the RH+A ReNEW-LD–a line dimmable LED Retrofit Assembly. PRG’s new product lineup will be showcased in Booth #2236 with daily demos and hands-on access to products provided during LDI 2016 held this week in Las Vegas, October 21-23, 2016.
“Our goal is to be the market leader across all product categories offering our customer a single-source solution for the most innovative, functional, high-performance, intelligent products and services,” stated Jere Harris, Chairman & CEO of PRG.
Chris Conti, Product Manager for GCLT, added, “At this year’s LDI event we’re very excited about introducing our new GCLT, a precision engineered automated luminaire, built from the ground up to have a small footprint, big feature set, high output, and fully optimized for long throw followspot applications. The GCLT is not just an incremental improvement of a traditional followspot. It’s going to revolutionize a category that has seen very little innovation over the past 30 years.”
GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also does away with or minimizes “seat kills,” the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.
PRG’s new GroundControl Longthrow™ (GCLT) Luminaire is a precision engineered automated luminaire, built from the ground up to have a small footprint, big feature set, high output, and fully optimized for long throw followspot applications. The GCLT feature set includes an ultra-narrow, 2º to 6º zoom, variable frost, a dichroic cross fading CMY color mixing system, variable dichroic color correction, framing shutters, and an iris; as well as full pan and tilt control. All of these features are remotely controlled by a GroundControl Followspot Controller from up to 2000’ away, keeping the operator safe while giving designers more creative tools and options for placement. The GCLT changes the fundamental way in which big long throw followspots are employed by changing the dynamics of safety, rigging, accessibility, and even trucking costs as well.
Experience the all new Mbox v4 software— With live in-booth demos in LED Video, projection, and multiple output systems. Recently used on the Drake ‘Summer Sixteen’ tour, Mbox v4 is a must-see for any media server user looking for a simple, robust solution that provides professional results.
Improved UI: Mbox’s revised user interface provides new controls for patching, output setup, mix setup, and preferences. And the UI now supports independent windows for each output plus the setup window.
Increased Playback Layers: In a dramatic upgrade from previous versions, Mbox v4 increases the number of playback layers in each version of the software along with the maximum content size and output size to allow for 4K playback and output, enhances the pixel mapping, and allows for up to 32 independently mastered outputs (Mbox Designer).
Updated Playback Engine: One of the most significant upgrades to the Mbox software is the heavily revised playback engine. The switch away from QuickTime technology to AVFoundation has unlocked new potential within the software, enabling more layers for simultaneous playback, playback smoothness, both 4K playback and output, and more outputs. With these updates, the software can more efficiently and effectively manage additional pixel mapping capabilities like group mastering and merging, plus the new configurable sources for pixel mapping.
Also on the LDI Show Floor from PRG:
The new RH+A ReNEW-LD— LD Line Dimmable LED Retrofit Assembly + the Bullet 2.0 focusable and compact LED luminaries for a range of architectural and entertainment applications.The line, which includes a daylight and tungsten white light version and a powerful UV blacklight spot, has been installed in a wide variety of themed entertainment, retail, and architectural lighting projects.
The all-new PRG ProShop— Professional Used Gear Website. Come by booth #2236 for a quick tour of the new site with expanded category offerings.
On Friday 30th September 2016, the AV Awards took place at a glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards, which celebrate the best product, projects, and people in the AV industry, was attended by a team from PRG XL Video, led by Executive VP & COO, EMEA, Gary Boyd.
Following the announcement of the shortlist for Production Product of the Year, sponsored by DB Systems, PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System was announced as the winner in the category which included products from Barco, Elation Professional, Sennheiser, X-Rite Photo and Video, and NewTek Inc.
The revolutionary product is already making waves across the production industry, particularly in the concert touring, theatre and television markets, and the judges commended the way the product is having a huge effect on the way lighting designers and producers design their shows and events.
The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of a specially customized PRG Bad Boy spotlight which includes an in-built camera, and can be flown from rigging or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accomodate a followspot; a truss box which provides the link between the fixture and the controller; and the ground-based controller unit which can be operated from up to 610 metres away from the fixture.
GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue, without the need to climb rigging. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also negates the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.
Gary Boyd comments: “I was delighted to accept the award for Production Product of the Year for GroundControl. The product is making huge waves across our industry, and we’re very proud to have developed this in-house. Our R&D team in Dallas have done an excellent job in creating a followspot system which is rapidly growing in popularity and demand!”
For a full list of the AV Awards Winners follow this link.
As Drake's Summer Sixteen Tour nears it's finale, we look back at our best shots from the shows. The PRG crew supported production designer Guy Pavelo's vision with lighting and video. Some of the gear highlights include the GroundControl Followspot System, PRG Mbox v4s, six dozen PRG Icon Beams, 22 PRG Best Boy Washes, 22 Best Boy HPs, 32 Bad Boy Spots, and an 83 ft wide curved video wall made up of PRG-provided Galaxia WinVision 9 tiles.
This summer, PRG Argentina proudly supported the III Edition of the Premios Platino, the most important movie award show for spanish speaking countries. This inaugural event was held at the brand new Punta del Este Convention and Exhibit Center in Uruguay
Punta del Este is known as the “St. Tropez of South America”, due to its beautiful beaches, upscale resorts and nightclubs. This new venue features 25 acres of land, can host 4,000 attendees, has a 72,000 sq ft exhibition hall and 646,000 sq ft of outdoor spaces.
The Award Show is organized by the Entidad de Gestion de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (EGEDA) in collaboration with the Federacion Iberoamericana de Productos Cinematograficos y Audiovisuales (FIPCA). Eight hundred movies from 23 countries participated in this edition of the Premios Platino. The gala was televised through CNN Español, TNT and TVE showcasing in 50 countries, reaching approximately 50 million homes.
Some of the most important acts were: Paulina Rubio, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Torres, Jesse & Joy, and several others.
PRG provided support for this prestigious event with lighting (indoor and outdoor), rigging and full technical services. Eight technicians were onsite for 14 days to assemble and support this event including: 223 moving lights, 154 Conventionals, 90 LED Lighting fixtures, 6 Spotlights and 515 meters of truss
Top 5 reasons you should upgrade to the NEW Mbox v4 Software.
1. Mbox’s revised user interface provides new controls for patching, output setup, mix setup, and preferences. And the UI now supports independent windows for each output plus the setup window.
2. Mbox v4 increases the number of playback layers in each version of the software, increases the maximum content size and output size to allow for 4K playback and output, enhances the pixel mapping (more pixels and new sources), allows for up to 32 independently mastered outputs (Mbox Designer).
3. Synchronization between outputs and servers has been greatly improved, allowing for perfect playback sync across multiple outputs of multiple servers.
4. As with previous versions of Mbox, v4 continues to support the ability to perform single-layer crossfades on every layer.
5. The texture effects in Mbox v4 have been enhanced to allow for better control with up to five modifiers per effect.
Check out some of the new features:
NEW Patch tab has the ability to see what universe/address each component of the server is patched to, as well as the current value for each parameter.
NEW Outputs tab shows the ability to add outputs, arrange those outputs on the Global Surface, assign outputs to displays, and finally assign output masters to the outputs.
The Mixes tab can be arranged on the Global Surface similarly to outputs. Mixes are used to help position, crop, scale, and rotate content.
Within the Preferences tab, all of the server’s preferences can now be edited in the Mbox application itself (and in Mbox Remote). Those preferences can be compared between servers and easily copied from one to another.
Seen below are three independent outputs in window mode. Six layers are currently playing, one spread across the Global Surface and the other five assigned to Mixes.
The same three outputs and highlights have the ability to have independent control over color, brightness, contrast, keystone, and shuttering for each output.
NEW capability of the Mbox Remote application to monitor Mixes.
Revised Pixel Mapping interface in Mbox Remote. As in previous versions of Mbox, pixel mapping Contexts can use the Global Surface as their source.
The pixel mapping in Mbox Remote shows that Contexts can also use Layers as a source - instead of the Global Surface.
The pixel mapping in Mbox Remote shows that Contexts can also use Mixes as a source.
Mbox v4 is available for download here!
License keys can be purchased from your local PRG office.
Updated Mbox hardware, running the Mbox Designer v4 software, is available for rental.
2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Dragon Quest, one of Japan’s most popular role-playing computer game series, and for the first time, Dragon Quest was created into an original spectacle live show titled “Dragon Quest Live Spectacle Tour”. The show toured with great success in 5 cities from July 22 through August 31.
PRG Japan provided technical direction and production services for lighting, video, scenery, rigging, stage automation, flying effect and LED wrist bands.
London-based STUFISH designed the set and PRG Scenic Technologies in New Windsor made the DMX-control hoist system for the roll-down screens. PRG V476® control console was used to control the 52 roll-down screens to rise and lower individually and in groups, changing formations at each scene, and mapped video images projected on the screens created the digital scenery as the story on adventurous journey rolled on the stage.
PRG is announcing the appointment of Joseph T. Cirillo as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Cirillo will oversee all of the company's financial affairs and work closely withJere Harris and the other members of PRG's Senior Leadership Team directing the company's strategic growth and assisting in the Company's capital market transactions.
Prior to joining PRG, Cirillo was Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Blyth, Inc., a multi-national consumer products company, where he was instrumental in the company’s growth and managed a variety of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and IPOs. Previously he held the role of Vice President, Reporting & Planning at Blyth, Inc.
“Joe comes with a strong finance and M&A background,” comments Jeremiah J. Harris, Chairman and CEO of PRG. “His experience with a multi-product, multi-national company will be an excellent fit for PRG. Joe will bring good experience and a fresh perspective to the team. We ran an exhaustive search process to find the right person to fill this important role and I am confident we have found that person.”
Cirillo also sees the connection between his career background and his work now at PRG. “I have extensive experience working with multi-national companies both at the corporate and operational levels, and I look forward to working with PRG to help address the exciting challenges of this rapidly expanding global business.”
He sees his role as CFO for PRG to include strengthening and growing PRG’s business. “Today’s CFO has quite logically evolved into much more than a number crunching, analytical assignment. It’s about rolling up your sleeves and carefully listening, partnering and collaborating with all disciplines within the organization to yield real value-added benefits -- better plans, better decisions and increased profits. And that's exactly what Jere and PRG want and something I intend to deliver”.
A graduate of Fordham University, Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and resides in New York where he has lived and worked throughout his career. He will be based out of PRG’s New Windsor, NY office. When not at work, he can be found running, mountain biking and spending time with his family.
PRG was onsite to #KickItTrackside in London, Ontario during the inaugural Trackside Festival, celebrating country music. Acts like Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Randy Houser, and more rocked Ontario’s Western Fair District July 1-2. PRG Canada was pleased to provide audio, lighting, and video support for the festival. Lighting for this event was designed by PRG Canada. Mike Manuel served as production manager for design. Branden Charlton served as production manager for PRG Canada. Produced by Live Nation Canada, Budweiser Gardens, London Music Hall and Western Fair District.
ELeague, the new professional eSports league formed by Turner & WME | IMG, celebrated their first championship in style. The event was held at Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta on July 29th-30th and broadcast live on TBS network and digital platforms. Pro competitive video gaming teams Fnatic, Virtus Pro, Na'vi, and Mousesports faced off in front of a captive crowd, where Virtus Pro emerged the victor of the inaugural season, and PRG got a front row seat, proudly supporting with integrated solutions for scenic, LED video, and lighting.
PRG invites you to come try out the award-winning PRG GroundControl Followspot System and other proprietary PRG products at the PRG Lighting Product Showcase August 9-10 at our Atlanta location. This showcase will feature a full demo of the PRG GroundControl Followspot System, as well as PRG Best Boy, Bad Boy, and Series 400 products.
The PRG GroundControl Followspot System won the Live Design 2015-2016 Products of the Year Award for Best New Followspot and is continually getting buzz in major trade journals for its innovative applications.
The two-day showcase will take place at the PRG Atlanta office at 1053 Willingham Drive, Atlanta, GA. The August 9th showcase is from 1 PM - 4 PM, by appointment only. Please contact Kerry Keenan at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for a private demonstration (limited availability). The August 10th showcase is open to the public and runs from 9 AM to 2 PM EST.
PRG Atlanta Lighting Product Showcase
Demo PRG GroundControl, Best Boy, Bad Boy, and Series 400
August 9th - 1 PM - 4 PM, By Appointment Only; Contact Kerry Keenan email@example.com
August 10th - 9 AM - 2 PM, Open to the Public
Hosted at the PRG Atlanta location, 1053 Willingham Drive, Atlanta, GA
GroundControl on Springsteen's Take Me to the River Tour via Lighting and Sound America - Excerpt: "It can do anything a regular followspot can do, but a lot of those functions also can be controlled by the console operator; for instance, if you want an extremely smooth fade that's insynch across five lights, it can happen in a way that five human operated lights rarely can do in lockstep with one another." Jeff Ravitz, Production Designer for Springsteen
Shakespeare Live! from the RSC with Technical Support from PRG XL Video - Excerpt: "We do not have traditional followspot positions in the auditorium, so this new GroundControl technology, enabled is 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." David Tanqueray, Theatre Production Manager for Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Production Resource Group (PRG) is proud to announce they have joined the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) sponsorship family. PRG’s New York-based Media Services group will serve as the official video partner for CEMA and the 2016 Summit by providing video production services.
PRG will be providing video support for the duration of the event, including lighting, grip, cameras, and editing needs. The result will be a selection of videos created exclusively for the event, including kickoff, daily recap videos, promotional videos, recorded interviews, and custom CEMA animations. In addition, PRG will create video content to help promote CEMA through social media channels.
PRG intends to create a case study based upon the results from the video content marketing strategy they created in collaboration with CEMA. PRG then plans to present this case study during a breakout session at the CEMA Summit in 2017. In the future, PRG and CEMA hope to work together to provide new educational content for the event marketing field, including additional video content and curated catalogues of presentations based upon the success of this partnership.
“We’re delighted for the opportunity to serve as a CEMA sponsor,” says Matthew Carson, Vice President of Agency Channel Support at PRG. “CEMA is one of the top professional event organizations in the country, and we’re excited to work with them during this year’s Summit, and on additional upcoming events. Our team is known for bringing world class integrated event solutions to our clients, and we’re excited for the opportunity to promote awareness of CEMA’s educational offerings through content produced by PRG Media Services.”
The CEMA Summit 2016 took place July 17-19 at the Mariott Newport Beach Resort and Spa in Newport Beach, CA.
Above: Day 2 video from CEMA Summit, shot and edited onsite by PRG Media Services
About CEMA A voice for the industry, CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association) is the premier community for event marketing professionals, association peers and partners. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA creates solutions to business issues. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com or call (916)-740-3623.
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.