PRG is the Middle East’s longest established provider of professional event technology services to the live event industry. We supply lighting, audio, event communications and video technology as well as rigging and scenic services. We offer support at the conception, planning, design and implementation stages along with pitch support, technical delivery and follow-up for all kinds of events. Our comprehensive consulting and support services guarantee our clients a creative and professional implementation, unmatched by any of our competitors.
PRG is located in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and has operated in the market for more than 25 years, serving the Middle East region and beyond. As the only truly global provider in the region, we offer local expertise and access to the world's resource of technology.
Internationally, Production Resource Group operates more than 62 branches around the world. PRG Middle East is a wholly owned subsidiary of Production Resource Group, LLC based in New York.
Management - Middle East
CEO - Middle East
Peter McCann is the Chief Executive Officer, Middle East operations.
Beginning his career in London in the mid-80’s, Peter’s 30 years of experience in the world of ‘industrial theatre’ have allowed him to deliver technical excellence and a creative edge to the communications process for many regional and global event companies in the live event environment. With experience working within a number of the UK’s leading event production companies delivering corporate, public and governmental events across the world, Peter gained significant exposure in the structuring of presentations, management of projects and fiscal control that has delivered him the drive and capabilities to grow his own business.
After founding a regional office in the UAE, Peter partnered with Anis Al Jallaf and acquired Gearhouse LLC in 2001, establishing the company at the forefront of the event
services industry across the GCC. When the company was acquired by PRG in 2014, Peter's focus on growing this regional office continued and the mission is clear; attract talent to the region to match the rapidly maturing event sector and maintain the company’s position as the key industry player in the Middle East. Managing PRG has offered the opportunity for Peter to bring his accumulated skills to bear on numerous corporate, entertainment and government projects across the GCC and has placed the company in a strong position to take advantage of the growing opportunities found across this vibrant region.
Bruce Mac Lean
Managing Director - PRG Gearhouse
Bruce is the Managing Director for PRG's United Arab Emirates operation, PRG Gearhouse.
Bruce joined Gearhouse as Director of Business Development in September 2010. His appointment into the role has delivered further insight into the mix between the company’s core revenue streams and the integration of the managed venue services model and its long term strategic benefit for the business. Prior to joining he held the position of European Director of Operations at PSAV, the world’s largest provider of managed venue services. The experience he gained delivering outsourced services and account leadership across global accounts significantly developed the management dynamics of PRG Gearhouse at a critical time in its development.
Bruce was appointed to the role of General Manager in September 2011. During his time in Dubai, Bruce has developed strong relationships with key accounts whilst increasing the core revenue streams from these sales channels.
Director of Sales
Harriet moved to Dubai from the UK’s media and event sector in 2008. Holding the position of Director of Sales, she has grown a portfolio of both regional and international clients and developed strong working relationships with key players across the Middle East’s growing event network.
Currently developing business opportunities with a focus on inbound incentive business into the UAE and GCC, Harriet works closely with the Dubai Convention Bureau as well as the regions DMCs and key venues and has been instrumental in delivering congresses such as the International Diabetes Forum and World Future Energy Summit amongst others.
Director of Project Management
Philip Smith has been with the company for nearly 10 years across both the UAE and UK markets.
Whilst in his former role as Senior Project Manager, and now as Director of Project Management, Phil has extensive experience of technical delivery across a wide range of events including corporate functions, concerts, gala dinners, and special events looking after clients from both the local and global market. Specific projects include Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi F1 After Race Concert Series, and World Handball Championships: Ceremonies & Concerts.
Our Mission Statement: To deliver world-class production solutions for live entertainment and events.
PRG is the market leader in entertainment and event production specialising in wide-ranging solutions that help bring the world’s greatest creative visions to life. From our early innovations in theatre, our expertise is now sought out the world over to solve the unique production challenges for a broad range of markets including live music, corporate events and trade shows, special events, theatre, television and film and scenic installations.
As your production partner, we always aim to provide you with personalised, one-on-one service—but each production is also supported by an incredible behind-the-scenes network of highly skilled Project Managers, technicians, engineers, and innovators.
Come to PRG for a reliable production - every time.
History of PRG Middle East
PRG’s growth as a company has paralleled the development of modern technology in the live entertainment industry. Founded in 1982 the company has grown at pace through acquisitions of market leading companies.
Responding to growing customer requests for a one-stop production solution, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) was established in the UAE in 1995.
PRG expanded into the Middle East in 2014 when it acquired Dubai based Gearhouse, L.L.C., the largest provider of turnkey event production services across the Gulf Region with an unmatched history of more than 25 years and an undisputed reputation for flawless technical delivery and customer service. PRG Middle East was born.
Peter McCann, owner of Gearhouse, L.L.C. moved into the position of CEO - Middle East at PRG and still leads the business today with a team of more than 100 full-time employees with an International skill base in disciplines of lighting, audio, event communications, video, rigging and staging.
In April 2019 PRG acquired the Middle East’s leading specialist live audio and event communications technology supplier, Delta Sound L.L.C.
Since being established in 2008 under the leadership of Managing Director Andy Jackson, the business (now known as PRGdeltasound) has built up an impressive portfolio of clients and projects, and therefore has subsequently become the audio and communications supplier of choice for a majority of the top agencies and production companies across the region.
The business is at forefront of sound design, audio and event communications solutions and has had strong investment choices of high-end technology and specialised equipment, which has made PRGdeltasound renown for the highest delivery standards.
With a combination of, integrity, expertise and uncompromising need for quality the joining of the PRGdeltasound team are an incredible asset to the PRG Group and bring immense value to our clients.
History of the PRG Group
PRG’s growth as a company has paralleled the development of modern technology in the live entertainment industry. Founded in 1982 by Jere Harris as Jeremiah J. Harris Associates, and later renamed Harris Production Services, the company was joined two years later by Scenic Technologies, founded to develop new scenic fabrication and automation techniques for the live entertainment market. Landmarks of those early years include the long-running musical production The Phantom of the Opera (1988), which featured the debut of the patented Stage Command® motion control system, and EFX (1995) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which was produced by Harris, and with a budget of $45 million, remains one of the largest theatrical shows ever.
Responding to growing customer requests for a one-stop production solution, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) was established in 1995. PRG increased its capabilities over the next several years through a number of strategic acquisitions, including lighting and audio companies such as Vanco and Cinema Services (1996); Bash (1997); and Promix (1998). The acquisitions of Light & Sound Design (1998) and VLPS® Lighting Services (2004) brought the teams responsible for many of the pioneering innovations in our industry, setting the stage for a series of industry-leading proprietary products that continue to set PRG apart today.
With the acquisition of the Chicago based company High Performance Images (HPI) in 2007 as well as the Hi-Tech Rentals and Essential Lighting Great Britain (both 2008) it was possible for PRG to increase its share in the corporate event industry considerably.
In 2009, PRG took a giant step forward into the global marketplace with the acquisition of PROCON MultiMedia AG. This move has solidified PRG’s position as the premier resource in the entertainment and event technology industry, with a unique global brand and a strong presence and customer base in major markets and geographic locations worldwide. With the integration of Showtec in 2010 this position in central Europe was increased even further.
The 2011 acquisition of First Events BVBA, expanded PRG’s European presence into new territories, including the Netherlands and Spain, as well as significantly reinforced their existing activities in Belgium. A major Europe-based entertainment technology company, First Event’s holdings included EML Productions NV in Belgium, EML Productions Holland BV in The Netherlands, and Sound and Light Productions S.L. in Spain.
In 2014, PRG expanded into the Middle East when it acquired Dubai based Gearhouse, L.L.C., the largest provider of turnkey event production services across the Gulf Region with an unmatched history and an undisputed reputation for flawless technical delivery and customer service. PRG Gearhouse was born.
2015 kicked off with the acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions, which expanded the reach of PRG Nocturne and their expertise with live video production into more markets.
Today, PRG continues to lead the industry with the comprehensive integration of entertainment technology as represented by our work on productions such as Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011). For this groundbreaking production, PRG provided the lighting, audio, video, and automation systems, as well as the construction of the massive scenery. Spider-Man set a new standard for the total integration of production technology, which we continue to apply to every project. In 2013, PRG brought their technical expertise, especially in the area of scenic automation when we collaborated closely with Global Creatures to bring King Kong to the stage in Australia. PRG, in 2014, partnered with Hero Ventures, when we brought our technical expertise to bear on The Marvel Experience, an unprecedented audience engagement that is a fully immersive experience that brings guests into Marvel's world of superheroes and villains. PRG has a legacy and a future of bringing the impossible to reality.
Jere is widely recognized as a transformative figure in entertainment and event production, having led PRG to become a global company serving the theatre, film, television, broadcast, concert touring, events and staging and hotels markets. Today PRG has 72 locations spanning five continents and holds over 350 patents and trademarks for its proprietary technology. Jere founded Production Resource Group, L.L.C., in 1995, and guided its growth through strategic acquisitions in lighting, audio, video, automation, scenic and labor solutions.
He is part of the fourth generation of a family of theatre pioneers and took his first job in a scenic shop at age 16. Among his many professional accomplishments, he presented EFX, an entertainment landmark which opened at the MGM Las Vegas and ran for nearly eight years. He also produced Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the most technically complex production ever mounted on a Broadway stage. Jere has earned top honors across market segments, including four Tony Awards, multiple Drama Desk Awards, and an Engineering Emmy Award for PRG’s GroundControl Followspot system. He is also the recipient of the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition in the live event industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Stephan Paridaen is a Belgian born entrepreneur who has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 25 years. He studied economics at the University of Antwerp and received an MBA at the Vrije University of Brussels, all while founding a software company for the construction industry. He then continued his education and earned a degree from Harvard University.
In 1993, Stephan was hired as laureate of the Prince Albert Fund by Barco, an industry leader in digital projection and imaging technology. He was sent to Prague to develop the emerging Eastern European markets and shortly after transferred to Singapore as the company’s Asia sales and marketing lead.
Upon returning to Belgium, Stephan founded Barco’s LED display division which led to the development of projection systems that transformed digital cinema globally and formed the basis for Barco’s Media & Entertainment division, which he led from 2001 to 2009.
In 2010, Stephan joined PRG out of Belgium, where he’s played a key role overseeing the acquisitions, development and continual growth of the EMEA and APAC markets, improving operational results and expanding offerings as President and COO of the company.
Now in 2022, Stephan begins his next chapter at PRG as CEO based out of New York City.
Passion for Results: Enthusiasm for the outcome of our actions…
Our enthusiasm for our work informs everything that we do. We aim to ensure that our clients get the technology they need to deliver successful shows and events for their audiences!
Intrepid: Resolutely fearless; dauntless...
We embrace challenge and complexity with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm. If you have an idea, no matter how complex, we will work to provide the best technical solution for your project.
Accountability: The obligation to be responsible for something…
We act with integrity, and take personal responsibility for our actions and results, expecting others to do the same.
Commitment: Pledge or promise…
We are personally committed to the success of our clients, our teammates and the company. We promise to do our utmost to deliver excellent customer service and the highest quality event technology!
Teamwork: Coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team, in the interests of a common cause or goal…
We will work together to exceed expectations through competence, collaboration, creativity, and communication.