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ESL Cologne 2017
8/16/2017

Aram leads the technical design and production for ESL One Cologne 2017

Aram, a PRG Alliance member, provided technical production services for the world’s biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament: ESL One Cologne powered by Intel, from 7th to 9th July 2017.  15,000 fans attended the Grand Finals live competition in the sold-out Lanxess Arena where 16 teams from around the world delivered top-notch gaming action. One of those teams proved to be above everyone else - congratulations to SK Gaming!

Aram’s services included completely new stage design, project management, planning and audiovisual equipment supply and operation, partnering up with companies as Fabryka, VIVA and Redsquere.

The technology enhanced every part of the show, with large projections and LED screens for the audience to follow every step of the games, and visual effects on the stage formed by a combination of show lights and LED video elements – transforming the atmosphere of the stage during peak moments of the games and highlighting the teams entrances on to the stage. The grand moment, however, was during the trophy award finale, with confetti and a big cheer from the audience.

“We have been in this market for 3 years, participating in the growth of eSports live events. We believe that in the future these events will grow even more with the addition of a large pool of sponsors and fans.” – says Rafal Mrzyglocki, managing director of Aram. 

Aram counts on the support of the PRG Alliance network to provide services for future ESL events around the world.

ESL One Cologne 2017

Pictures:  Turtle Entertainment GmbH

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Project Management Training - PRG Alliance
8/15/2017

Project Management Training Kick-Off for PRG Alliance Members

The companies Visual Europe Group from Hungary and FX Roadlights from Portugal were the first PRG Alliance members to receive the training on Project Management.

As presented during the last PRG Alliance Annual Summit, this training program is a way to transfer knowledge to the members about best practices in technical production, answering a common need from many members. 

The 2-day program focuses in areas that directly affect audiovisual technical production projects, including: Internal Communication; Technical & Commercial Proposals; Project Planning and Documentation; Reconciliation & After Sales; Process Workflow; Certification Programs and Effective Collaboration Among Members.

The next training sessions will be scheduled according to the availability of each member.


From the top: training at Visual Europe Group (Hungary) and FX Roadlights (Portugal)

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PRG Spaceframe
5/16/2017

PRG Launches New Technology Solutions as Concert Firsts on U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Innovative Touring Frame and 4K Broadcast Camera System Elevate Operational Performance, Stage Design and Fan Experience

Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that a new product innovation along with the application of an industry-first technology solution – SPACEFRAMETM and a 4K Broadcast Camera System – have been integrated into the design, production and operations for the U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Both solutions demonstrate PRG’s dedication to innovating products that anticipate the needs of tour managers, designers and artists seeking to push boundaries and deliver a more immersive concert experience onsite or virtually.

“SPACEFRAME and the 4K Broadcast Camera System perfectly demonstrate how PRG excels at seeing an opportunity for innovation that will add operational, economic and creative value from a customer’s perspective, allowing artists to more freely tell their story,” said Steve Greenberg, PRG’s CEO of Global Music/TV/Film.

SPACEFRAME™
SPACEFRAME is a revolutionary touring frame design seamlessly integrating LED panels to provide industry-changing operational efficiencies and the opportunity for unlimited creative expression. The carbon fiber touring frame is ultra-lightweight, collapsible and fully wind braced creating an intensive built-in structural strength. This allows for a free-form approach to stage designs enabling artists and designers to think outside the conventional LED box. This latest patent-pending technology from PRG also dramatically reduces pre-tour engineering time, shipping footprint/weight, carbon emissions, load-in and load-out times, as well as labor required on tour and locally.

SPACEFRAME features and advantages:

  • Carbon fiber fabrication and built-in wind bracing reduces overall weight increasing safety and savings
    • 10 times stronger when compared to conventional fabrication
    • 15 percent overall weight reduction
    • 35 percent weight reduction including wind bracing
    • Integrated wind bracing up to 72 kph
  • Profile reduction and integrated wind bracing results in up-to 50 percent savings in shipping cost in some cases and a massive reduction in the tour’s carbon footprint
  • Specifically for this U2 tour, truck loads are reduced from seven to three - or one less airplane - when compared to conventional LED frame load
    • Compact, lightweight design offers up-to 30 percent reduction of installation/dismantle time and a 25 percent reduction in overall labor cost

“The quality and resolution of LED products have vastly improved over the last decade, but the frames have basically stayed the same. At PRG Projects, we saw an opportunity to innovate the way in which LED walls were assembled and transported, to rethink the construction of the frame and how it might impact the operational side of the business as well as the design experience,” stated Frederic Opsomer, PRG Projects' Managing Director and innovation leader.

Leveraging in-house talent and partnerships already in place, PRG was able to produce the carbon frames from prototype to final product in just 17 weeks, enabling U2 to be the first to take advantage of the innovation. SPACEFRAME has allowed U2’s designer to create a 200 foot wide screen¬, custom painted in silver and gold to mimic the original artwork of their 1987 album.

4K Broadcast Camera System
The U2 tour also marks the introduction of PRG’s 4K (UHD) Broadcast Camera System as a first for concert touring. The PRG broadcast system, developed and integrated over three months, is a combination of products that can operate in 4K (UHD) and 3G SMPTE Standards. This design philosophy allows concurrent production to operate at the highest level of broadcast standards. The system delivers 60 frames per second (fps) with a UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The concert touring system interconnects cameras and LED wall processors on fiber because of the enormous amounts of data and length of signal distances. The entire broadcast touring system can be set up within an hour and is designed to be operated by one video engineer, eliminating the need for four-to-five onsite engineering positions.

“PRG has been a part of every U2 tour since 1992 and the band always challenges us with pushing technology to its limits,” said Wolfgang Schram, PRG’s director of video engineering. “We have to be creative and that is the fun part.”

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5/4/2017

PRG Uses Innovative Products on Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2017 in Kiev

PRG are excited to be an official service supplier for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Kiev’s International Exhibition Centre from May 9th-13th, as Ukraine hosts Eurovision for the second time. PRG are working in partnership with Litecom to support Lighting Designer Jerry Appelt and Stage Designer Florian Wieder by supplying lighting, video and rigging technology for the show.

 

Kiev is Jerry’s third time working on Eurovision, having also designed the shows for Dusseldorf in 2011 and Baku in 2012, as well as numerous other high-profile productions, such as the Commonwealth Games ceremonies for Delhi in 2010. Jerry said: “I’m very happy to work with PRG on this project, because aside from the enormous quantity of lighting fixtures and complex parameters, it’s essential to work with a company who has the resources to deal with all kinds of unexpected eventualities, who can deliver on the biggest occasions, in the most challenging environments. There are few companies who can provide this level of service, anywhere in the world. I know that whichever challenge I set PRG, they will deliver.”

Production management guru, Ola Melzig, has taken the reigns as Head of Production for the Kiev show, his 13th Eurovision. Ola said: “I’m returning to Kiev for my 4th Eurovision event in the city since 2005, and I am blissfully happy to be back. It’s a city I love, with great people, a lot of parks and green areas, a huge river running through the city centre and tons of yummy restaurants!” Ola gave an overview of the technology behind the show: “Eurovision is always a production of monumental proportions, we started the load in on March 27th, since then, we’ve emptied 200 trucks into the halls. It took four and a half weeks to do all the rigging, hang the lights and audio and then build the stage. After that, we went into rehearsals, which will get more and more intense as we approach the broadcast shows. This venue’s fantastic, there are few spaces around the world which can accommodate 233.69 tons in the roof, and only be at 70% capacity. Full credit to our Head Rigger, John Van Look, and his team of riggers from PRG for overseeing a complex rigging design, and a smooth load in and fit-up.”

 

John spoke briefly about the practicalities of the rigging design for the show: “The Eurovision rig uses 735 rigging points, spread over the stage, green room and audience areas. This is a complex design and a very heavy rig, one of the heaviest I’ve ever worked on. We have more than 20 points over 4.4 tons, including one centre point which is 13.23 tons—because the roof cannot support such a heavy single point, we split it into two separate six ton points. Because we were dealing with incredibly high loads we were unable to use conventions steels, and bought in products normally used for shipping and heavy duty cranes. To maximise the load bearing capacity of our trusses, we used Prolyte D75T in places, this is capable of carrying exceptionally heavy loads and normally used for towers, rather than as a straight truss; also being only 29.52 inch high, meant we didn’t lose as much trim height as we could have done using bigger truss. The roof is quite low here, so we need as much height as possible. The mother grid is made up of X4K 100, again due to it’s high load carrying capacity. This grid is monitored by over 100 Load Cells, so we can keep an eye on how the weight is being distributed; something which is very important, considering we have a lot of movement in the rig, utilising 112 Cyber Hoists to make that happen. The rigging load in took two weeks, with a team of 52 riggers working day and night shifts.”

Jerry leads a comprehensive team in the front of house area, which spans the full width of the back of the arena, including individual operators for the main show lighting, audience lighting, key lights, spot calls and video content. The lighting and video control network is one of the largest ever uses of GrandMA consoles, with five active full size GrandMA2, three GrandMA Light, and a selection of additional faders and playback wings. The whole network has reached the maximum number of active participants in a single session, 31, and are controlling 89,000 channels of DMX over 9865 programmed fixtures. This is driven through 20 GrandMA Network Processing Units (NPUs) and 28 nodes. There is, of course, substantial back-up, should anything not perform as it should. The total number of lighting fixtures is an incredible 1816. Amongst others, these include: 68 PRG Best Boy HP2, 56 PRG Best Boy Wash Blade, 55 PRG Bad Boy Wash, 130 Icon Edge, and the new JDC1 LED strobe from GLP.

Haze is provided by 6 MDG ATMe DMX hazers, positioned around the stage.

 

Followspotting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is done exclusively with PRG GroundControl. The production in Kiev uses 14 PRG Bad Boy GroundControl Followspot systems and four of the new long throw version. Jerry commented: “GroundControl is a revolutionary product. It means we have all our operators on the floor, in two areas—with overall control taken by my spot caller on the GrandMA2. For this project it is perfect, because it saves time, space and weight.”

Ola Melzig added: “I first saw the GroundControl at LDI back in 2015, and I thought it was both really cool and incredibly practical. To have 18 of them on this show is amazing—and I’m very proud of it being the biggest deployment of GroundControls ever on a single show.”

 

In addition to the lighting technology supplied by PRG, we are also providing a comprehensive package of LED screens and projectors. The back screen is made up of ROE MC-12 and MC-18, with sections of MC-7 used at various other points around the rig. There are 56 high output projectors in use, which are used to map onto the stage surround, directly down onto the surface of the stage, onto two high transparency projection screens at the front of the stage, as well as various ‘standard’ screens in and around the arena.

 

On May 13th, the world will tune in and watch the Eurovision final, with an expected audience of over 200 million cheering on acts from the 26 countries who make it through to the final. After the winner has been announced and the party starts, the team of over 400, including around 100 technicians from PRG, will commence the load out. What took over a month to build will be pulled out of the venue in seven days, and planning for Eurovision 2018 will commence.

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3rd PRG Alliance Summit 2017 - Frankfurt - photo: Detlev Klockow
4/11/2017

PRG Alliance Builds on Success at the 3rd Annual Summit at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2017

Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) organized its annual summit for the members of its global partner network program – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 trade fair at Messe Frankfurt.

Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide.

The theme for this meeting was “Building on Success”, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal. During the summit they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.

“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies – and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.

“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.

The summit provided the ideal occasion to welcome the newest addition to the group, Gil Teichman - the largest audiovisual provider in Israel. The company has been active for over two decades, leading the field of concept creation, designing and executing audiovisual systems, power and electrical work for the industry of entertainment and live events.

During the event, a variety of activities for PRG Alliance were presented and these included training in project management; PRG’s Global Sales Officer Jens Zimmerman hosted a session on global account initiatives; opportunities for participation in international exhibitions were discussion; and the latest PRG proprietary equipment purchase options were delivered. The event ended with a demo of the new PRG exclusive Icon EDGE lighting fixture, and a lively networking dinner which gave the members further opportunity for networking and to discuss collaboration.

The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Alliance BR
Greece: Sound and Visual
Hungary and Romania: Visual Europe Group
India: DynaMix Media
Israel: Gil Teichman
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Poland: aram
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore and Malaysia: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co and Total Korea
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group

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DynaMix Media - PRG Alliance India
11/17/2016

PRG Alliance Announces New Member in India

The award-winning company DynaMix Media is one of the leading audiovisual technical production agencies in India.

With ever increasing demands for events in India, the PRG Alliance is pleased to announce a new partner in the region.

The new addition to the membership of the PRG Alliance is passionate about great results and meticulous in execution. DynaMix Media is a company recognized in India for their remarkable contribution to events and entertainment, having introduced the 270 degrees projection format to corporate presentations, and the first 300’ wide projection to the local market. The company has a growing number of immersive projection and projection mapping jobs under their belt.

DynaMix Media was founded in 2005 and is led by Mr. Suresh Madan. The company brings to PRG Alliance its vast understanding of video playback and networking systems, and its one-stop rental shop and services across India – offering complete services in video, audio, lighting, trussing, project management and content design.

“Our position in the Indian market is not only that of a company capable of delivering complex audiovisual projects, but also one which is attentive to international standards in processes and safety. It is a constant effort for us to implement these aspects in projects in India, but slowly the clients are accepting this is the right path. We know that PRG Alliance has the same principles and tapping into this great resource and knowledge pool will be very beneficial for our company”, declares Suresh Madan, Founder & CTO of DynaMix Media. This attitude has been recognized by the industry and DynaMix Media was awarded as the “Best Video Rental Company” by Palm Sound & Light Awards 2014.

“We believe DynaMix Media is the best partner for PRG Alliance,” said Tom van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “When our clients go to India they need a reliable supplier, and DynaMix Media’s credentials and reputation is impeccable.”

For more information about DynaMix Media and PRG Alliance visit the website.


Projection Mapping Case: Fortis Memorial Research Institute Launch, New Delhi

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11/15/2016

PRG on tour in Europe with Night of the Proms

It’s that time of year again, Night of the Proms gathers young and old for a night of classical music, shaken up by modern pop artists. The concept of the classical orchestra Il Novecento, playing together with pop artists has been popular for many years, and it still does its magic. However, successful concepts also need some innovation to remain interesting. Under the supervision of Head of Production Alain Van Isacker and Light Design Company Arf & Yes, PRG was asked to develop a custom-made solution in terms of lighting, sound and video. 

The biggest eye-catcher in the show are the moving V-shaped trusses above the stage. The custom-made trolley beam system we developed last year for the Night of the Proms, is used here as well, though in a slightly different way. We added a Kynesis hoist in the middle of the rail system in order to move the truss in a V-shaped way. Overall, 6 of these custom-made V-shapes are hanging above the stage. Each V-shape contains 10 Robe Pointes, combined with 56 MiTRIX panels. 

On both sides of every V-shape, we added two custom-made triangular hanging brackets, each containing 6 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures. We also developed custom-made O-frames to be suspended on each side of the stage. The O-frames are made of 86 MiTRIX panels, combined with 10 Ledwashes that shine through the semi transparent MiTRIX LED panels.



As a backspot, we use our very own PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System. The floorlighting is composed by 66 GLP Impression X4S units that are supported by another 10 Robe Pointes underneath the main screen behind the stage. An Arkaos Media server is used for processing the video images. 

As for sound design, Patrick Demoustier was in charge of the configuration. For the first time, the whole PA set was built upon the Energia line from Adamson. The Main PA consists of E15 speakers, with E219 subs, E12 outfits and S10 frontfills. All this is managed by digital PLM amplifiers. All amplifiers are managed by a dual redundant Dante Network.

In collaboration with PRG, PSE invested in a digital wireless system for the choir, so they can move freely on the stage. For the whole show, we use 40 digital monitors and 25 in-ear monitors, together with a wireless intercom system. Our wireless specialists put in a lot of effort to keep all these signals standing! 

Like last year, PRG provides a complete DiGiCo console kit. A SD7 as main desk and a SD10 (for the pre-mix of the bugler, woodwinds and percussion) are used as FOH consoles. On stage, a SD5 desk monitors the orchestra and the choir. De monitor signals of the artists and the band are processed by a SD7 mixer. The strings are mixed in the backstage on a DiGiCo SD8, the choir on a DiGiCo SD8-24. All DiGiCo equipment operates in an Optocore redundant network. 



“Because the orchestra needs to change during the show and we don’t always have time to soundcheck, we make presets per instrument and musician so our technicians can apply specific presets according to the orchestra’s composition. A show like Night of the Proms is quite different from any other concert in terms of mixing, because we have to deal with so many in- and outputs. Each input is first processed in a submix, per group of instrument. Then, the submix is sent to the mixing tables. The Opto network processes around 500 channels at this time. This gives you an idea of the complexity we are handling.’, explains Patrick Demoustier. 

Night of the Proms started her tour in the Antwerps Sportpaleis on Saturday, November 5th. Last week, two shows followed in Antwerp on Thursday and Friday, followed by a last show in Belgium on Saturday in the Ethias Arena Hasselt. All credits go to the amazing crew under the supervision of Sound Designer Patrick Demoustier and Production Managers Jo Vaes (lighting) and Stef De Raet (rigging). In less than 12 hours, the whole set-up is moved from Antwerp to Hasselt. After 4 shows in Belgium, Night of the Proms travels to the Netherlands, Luxemburg and Germany.

Photos © Freya Goossens All Rights Reserved

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PRG @LDI2016
10/20/2016

PRG to Showcase New Product Lineup at LDI 2016

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.”


PRG NEW Product Lineup at LDI 2016

Get hands-on with the updated GroundControl™ family of products — Including the GroundControl Best Boy Spot HP, Ground Control Bad Boy Spot HP, GroundControl Longthrow (GCLT), 4-way switch box, and the new v3.0 software. The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of specially customized PRG luminaires which include a built-in camera, and can be flown or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accommodate a followspot.

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.

NEW: GroundControl Longthrow (GCLT)
Long Throw 150'+. Ideal for Award shows, Arenas, Stadiums, Key FOH spot and much more.

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. 

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10/3/2016

PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System Wins at AV Awards 2016

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.

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PRG Alliance at Infocomm Sao Paulo 2016
7/1/2016

PRG Alliance hosts events in Sao Paulo for technology display and information exchange

PRG Alliance welcomed Brazilian event producers at its Regional Summit and at the exhibition Infocomm Sao Paulo 2016.

The 2nd PRG Alliance Regional Summit in Sao Paulo was held on 9th May, and brought together 30 local event producers. The two main topics were innovations in customized LED solutions from PRG Projects presented by Luciana Rosa, PRG Alliance Account Manager, and the influence of sound design in marketing and events as a Sound Branding by Zanna Lopes, founder of Zanna Sound. The attendees also could check out the new equipment from the companies Crialed Producoes Visuais, LPL Professional Lighting and Loudness Sonorizacao – all PRG Alliance members in Brazil.

In the same week PRG Alliance was present with a booth at Infocomm Sao Paulo, the largest exhibition for professionals in the audio sector, video and automation in Latin America. The 2016 edition received more than 8000 professionals in the convention center Sao Paulo Expo between 10 and 12 May. The occasion was important to showcase the global support of PRG Alliance for the Latin American event producers, and also to display the new 1.9mm indoor LED panel from Crialed Producoes Visuais.

PRG Alliance has other events and training programs planned in 2016, as the participation at LDI Las Vegas on 21-23 October and technical discussions exclusive for the members.

PRG Alliance booth at Infocomm Sao Paulo 2016

Zanna Lopes during her presentation on Sound Branding at the 2016 PRG Alliance Regional Summit in Sao Paulo

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PRG Alliance in Eastern Europe
6/13/2016

PRG Alliance extends its reach to Eastern Europe

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.

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PRG Alliance collaborations - Spring 2016
6/6/2016

PRG Alliance support in Korea, Portugal and in Italy brings up the spring colors

PRG Alliance members do great events all year long, but three of them deserve special attention. During this spring PRG got the support from the PRG Alliance members in Korea, Portugal and in Italy to deliver outstanding productions.

The second Condé Nast International Luxury Conference held in Seoul on April 20th and 21st 2016 focused on the future of luxury, and the role of Northeast Asia as a new hub for fashion. PRG’s services included full turnkey solutions in Audio, Video, Lighting, Rigging, Staging and Scenography for this event.

PRG China’s technical director Simon Kayser led the project counting on PRG Alliance members Ally & Co. and Total Korea Lighting & Sound Co. to deliver the most optimal solution. The hard work paid off with a smooth operation living up to the client’s expectation.


Condé Nast Luxury Conference, Seoul, 2016 
Photo: Copyright InDigital Media Group


Portugal was the stage of Rock in Rio, a large music festival originated in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2004 PRG provides lighting and video technology at festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Las Vegas and Lisbon.

The 2016 edition marked the 30th anniversary of the festival and received more than 329 thousand people in two consecutive weekends of May in Lisbon. This time PRG had support from the company FX Road Lights – one of the main audiovisual suppliers for music concerts in Lisbon and part of PRG Alliance.


Rock in Rio Lisboa 2016
Photo: Production Resource Group


Another great impression was delivered in Italy on 11-13 May, on a show projected into the most remarkable building in Rome: the Coliseum. The spectacle was called “Colosseum Light Message – Love to Humanity, Love to Earth” and celebrated the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations agreement between Italy and Japan.

PRG Alliance member STS Communication and New Light Group managed the entire technical production of the event - including projection mapping, audio and lighting systems, generators and scaffolding. They provided full support to the Japanese producers Motoko Ishii e Akari-Lisa Ishii, long term clients of PRG Japan and also the producers of similar shows in France, Germany and Switzerland.


Colosseum Light Message
Photo: STS Communications and New Light Group


“We are happy to see more collaboration among PRG Alliance members” says Tom Van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “The clients appreciate the initiative to look for local support in expertise, equipment and crew. It optimizes the project costs and brings to the event a local knowledge that is very important when doing events abroad”, he concludes.

See more pictures in our slideshow.


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