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8/22/2018

VER Emerges from Bankruptcy as a Newly Reorganized Company

Jointly owned VER and PRG to be largest entertainment and equipment and services provider

NEW YORK – August 22, 2018 – PRG announced today that VER has emerged from Ch.11 bankruptcy as a reorganized company led by Jere Harris and controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. VER will continue to exist and maintain its focus as a traditional business-to-business subrental platform, renting to AV staging companies and industry professionals. Full-service solutions will transition to become a part of PRG. PRG and VER will operate as two separate companies in North America, and by focusing on their respective areas of expertise, each will be equipped to meet evolving client needs and offer solutions, resources and expertise even better than before.

“For more than 20 years PRG has been diligent in offering its clients the best production service and equipment in the entertainment industry. Growth across disciplines, markets and geographies has always been a key part of our strategy,” said Jere Harris, PRG’s chairman and CEO. “Now, our ability to support all types of entertainment productions globally will take on new meaning, raising an already high bar to an unprecedented level.”

PRG is already well established in concert touring for its lighting, video, media servers and staging innovations. Combining that with VER’s tour audio gear and expertise, the company can now provide a complete suite of services for tours, festivals and events. Further, PRG can enhance its long history in television production and expand its work in the film industry as VER brings world-class expertise in the video camera market, lighting, display and a robust suite of cameras. VER customers will benefit from PRG’s scenic and automation expertise, vast lighting inventory and its position as the exclusive rental house for PRG’s patented proprietary lighting products.

VER and PRG will have approximately 70 locations across six continents. Clients will have improved access to an extraordinary array of equipment from all major manufacturers as well as specialized and proprietary equipment.

“We believe that this approach will bring about innovation, an exciting level of service, and even more transformative collaboration with our partners. It feels historic, not only for PRG and VER, but for entertainment industry,” said Harris.

The entities will be commonly controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. Jere Harris will serve as chairman and CEO of the combined company, Stephan Paridaen will be president and COO of the combined company and Bob Krakauer will serve as CEO of VER.




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7/5/2018

PRG Announces New Concert Touring Innovations

Updated PRG SPACEFRAME™ and new Ingest product on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “On the Run II” Tour

LOS ANGELES – July 9, 2018 - Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announces two product innovations – PRG Infinity SPACEFRAME™ and PRG Ingest – which are supporting Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “On the Run II” Tour. The new Infinity SPACEFRAME which serves as a kinetic backdrop on stage and Ingest, a new technology that archives camera images created on tour, are industry firsts.

PRG SPACEFRAME

PRG’s SPACEFRAME is an innovative carbon fiber touring frame created by PRG Projects, a division of PRG which specializes in developing and integrating proprietary solutions to the rigors of the production and entertainment industry. It was launched on 2017’s U2’s “Joshua Tree” Tour and “On the Run II” is the second concert tour to feature the product. For this tour, Stufish (the designers of both “Joshua Tree” and “On the Run II” tours) wanted to have a clean look, visually eliminating all support structures and rigging. To do that, PRG Projects came up with a solution called “Infinity SPACEFRAME” where the rigging and support structure are integrated on the back of the SPACEFRAME, invisible from audience view. Video content on the screen is now edge-to-edge without visual barriers as a classic screen would have. It gives it a monumental look and creates a new type of immersive viewing experience. The Infinity SPACEFRAME makes the most of the PRG SPACEFRAME concept by utilizing the structural capabilities of the video screen as part of the automated tracking support. It ultimately saves truckloads of additional support structure.
“Designing custom LED and video solutions for live events is a core part of what PRG Projects does. Beyond what we develop for PRG, we work directly with designers to create unique staging solutions that allow them and performers to be as creative as possible,” said Frederic Opsomer, managing director, PRG Projects. “We are constantly thinking of what is next, how do we improve on what we’ve already done. The new Infinity SPACEFRAME allows for moveable LED screens in an operational effective set up which aids the dynamic energy Beyoncé, Jay-Z and other performers create during the show.”

The stage design for “On the Run II” Tour includes two LED screens with SPACEFRAME. The secondary – or upstage – screen is 55 feet x 35.4 feet (16,8-meter-wide and 10,8-meter-high) with ROE’s CB8 LED. The bottom section of the upstage screen is automated with three SPACEFRAME panels that open like garage doors, enabling the musicians’ rolling risers to enter and exit the main stage. The upstage screen stands behind a four-tiered opera box style performer platform. The main - or downstage - screen is divided into 12 automated sections. This allows for different dramatic scenes and settings and provides Beyoncé and Jay-Z different entry and exit scenarios. The new Infinity SPACEFRAME screen, with GALAXIA’s WV9 air transparent LED, measures 173.2 feet x 43.3 feet (52,8-meter-wide and 13,2-meter-high) when closed and hangs on motorized carts that move left and right on a track. The carbon fiber fabrication and built-in wind bracing provides the stability that structural engineers demand in order to have a screen of this size move around on a track.
“There is currently no other framing system that can do this, it’s a perfect example of designers really pushing the product to the limits and having free reign for their ideas. A symbiosis rarely seen in our industry,” said Opsomer.

PRG INGEST
“On the Run II” Tour is also implementing PRG Ingest. Ingest is a new technology that allows the capture of concert footage in real time from up to 24 isolated camera feeds. Each camera feed - or channel – will be ingested in the server, processed, and via the network pushed to an external storage drive.

Traditionally, footage from a single camera is captured on a single recorder, then after a show, each file on the drive is copied over to a separate hard drive. This is an intensive process that can take many hours as the transfer can take up to one hour per camera.

“With the Ingest system, we can create a show record on an external drive of all channels in nearly real-time and still have a back-up copy on the server should anything go wrong,” said Wolfgang Schram, director of video engineering, PRG. “The servers also get time coded, so all recordings have real time and can be used in an edit right away.”

In order to handle the 6.2 TB of data that “On the Run II” Tour generates per night, PRG uses six media servers which simultaneously make copies of what is recorded, transcode it to a pro res 422 file and push it over a 10GigE network on an external NAS drive.

 

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FINA Water Polo World League Super Final 2018
6/20/2018

Fans of Water Polo enjoy the World League Super Final in Budapest with giant screens and aerial acrobatics show

PRG Alliance member Visual Europe Group collaborated with FINA to deliver LED screens and lighting for the FINA Men's Water Polo World League Super Final 2018, which took place on 18-23 June 2018 at the Duna Arena in Budapest.

The audience in the arena could see every angle of the matches due the LED screen supplied by Visual Europe Group, who was also in charge of content creation and control. In total they delivered 370 square meters of LED panels for perimeter wall, screens and scoreboards.

 

On the first day of the event there was an opening ceremony with a special performance by acrobats in aerial silk and hops over the swimming pool – where the lighting technology provided for the event highlighted the show.

Here is a short video from behind the scenes:

 

 

 

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6/14/2018

PRG Illuminates Fast and Furious Live Tour with 48 Panasonic PT-DZ21K Projectors

Universal Brand Development and Fast Live Productions, a joint venture between Epsilon Partners and Brand Events, have called upon the expertise of PRG and Panasonic to create ground-breaking projection mapping in order to push the boundaries of live event production. 

PRG, the full-service technical production specialist, and Panasonic, the Japanese manufacturer of projection and AV systems, are currently touring the UK and Europe, delivering spectacular AV and projection on Fast and Furious Live – the action-packed live arena show celebrates the Fast and Furious film franchise and features fast cars, record-breaking LED, precision driving and 3D projection mapping.



Seamless delivery
Fast and Furious Live is the brainchild of Rowland French, creative director and executive producer of Fast and Furious Live, who drafted in the expertise of Simon Aldridge, production director, Tom Rees, project manager, Ala Lloyd, set designer and Bruno Poet, lighting designer, to produce the arena show. 

Aldridge approached James Morden, project director LED at PRG XL Video, in early 2016 and began discussions on how best to deliver Fast Live Productions’ desired vision for the high octane and fast-paced touring production.



The arena show, which had its world premiere at The O2, features a 8k resolution screen that measures 26 metres wide and nine metres high and comes complete with five doors that raise to allow the stars of the show – 42 vehicles – to seamlessly enter and exit the show floor. 

Morden, responsible for the tour’s video elements, worked with Aldridge to develop a spectacular production that would help place the audience in the show’s narrative. To achieve this end, it was, therefore, vital that PRG worked in close collaboration with Panasonic, BlackTrax and Brilliant Stages to create important elements for the technically advanced live event.



On track
Fast and Furious Live’s end screen plays a pivotal role in the show, as do 48 Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors, which provide incredible detail, clarity and colour perception. 

The show’s content – developed by Kate Dawkins Studio and Dandelion and Burdock – was custom-made to fit Morden’s original pixel map that was created in March 2016: Almost two years before the show debuted to a packed audience of Fast and Furious fans. 

To develop a spec, Morden, alongside PRG’s Stefaan Michels (director of music), Leroy Murray (projects director) and Chris Holz (project manager), assessed the show’s other elements – venue constraints, scenery, effects, lighting, audio and rigging – before deciding upon a basic projector arrangement.



Morden explained: “Once we had confirmed final technical delivery requirements, we increased our ownership of Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors and fibre distribution equipment in order to deliver 48 blended projectors across the show floor and huge end wall.   

“On the server side, we also increased ownership of Disguise 4x4pro servers [formerly d3), with SDI VFC cards and acquired further Notch licenses for real-time visual effect generation.” 

He continued: “The big technological aspect of the job for PRG was BlackTrax technology – this is a real-time 3D environment object tracking system, which was pushed further than it has ever been before.

“BlackTrax allowed us to place markers onto objects such as cars, actors and scenic pieces and through an array of infrared cameras, we are able to locate them in real-time. This enabled the team to cut projected images. We knew that by using this tech we could safely project a floor image onto the floor and not on the roof of a moving vehicle,” Morden continued. 

“Furthermore, myself and the team were able to take a live position feed from Brilliant Stages’ automation system in to our media servers so that we did not project content when the doors in the end wall were raised.”

Driven team
Four projectionists, one media server programmer/operator and a BlackTrax engineer are currently touring the UK with Fast Live Productions, ensuring all video and projection elements on Fast and Furious Live run smoothly. Now that the show is touring, the crew begin loading in at 4am and within 36 hours (multiple shifts), the entire show is built and flown: Projectors are lined up, trimmed for colour and intensity and BlackTrax is calibrated.

Morden praised the incredible “team effort” that it has taken to deliver a show that will visit 24 cities in 15 countries, including Germany, Switzerland and Spain. 

Morden said: “This project has required the amazing hard work and effort of an experienced team. From the very beginning, we have ensured that even small challenges have not impacted on what is a huge production. 

“For example, we had some custom metalwork fabricated to better rig the projectors. This simplified the rigging process and speeded up load in and load out.

“While the sheer scale of this endeavour is daunting, and expectations on this project are extremely high, one of the biggest challenges on this project has been the packaging: In other words, how we present the equipment to go out on tour, to make the rig as simple to build as possible and as easy to manage and de-rig.  

“Thankfully, we have an incredibly bright and efficient team that decided upon ‘projector doughnuts’; a relatively simple solution to keep projectors in pairs for travel, as well as rigging. This has reduced the number of projector boxes from 50 to 26. This means less trucking and packing and has made load in and load out easier and faster,” Morden concluded. “Or should that be more fast and furious!”

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6/8/2018

PRG invests in AOTO Mini LED technology with 2nd generation of CLD P1.5mm product

Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), invests in a new, ultra high resolution rental LED screen. The first 1.5mm COB Mini LED on the rental market!

As the technology pioneer of the LED industry, AOTO has always has been a high quality manufacturer with extremely good processing features and very much focused on image quality.
PRG has followed their product developments closely and amongst which the development of the AOTO Mini LED screen, on which AOTO has been working for the past 5 years. Now the product is finally ready and has convinced PRG by its’ unique LED packaging technique to be ready for the rental market.



The patented Mini LED technology with 2nd generation of CLD P1.5mm product characterizes itself by an extremely high contrast ratio, super robust and its 180-degree viewing angle, which will impress and seduce the automotive sector and the high-end corporate market.
With the AOTO COB Mini LED 1.5 screen, customers can take advantage of these following benefits:

- Pixel pitch of 1.5mm
- 20 Bit processing depth
- 3840Hz refresh rate
- HDR Support
- Rental cabinet
- 4K Processors
- 3G & 8G support
- Support 3D

This product will be available for rental in our PRG equipment pool as from August 2018 with its’ full processing system and the stacking/suspension.



Steven Shen, General Manager AOTO states: ‘We are very excited about this product and having PRG first to market We are convinced that this will be the highest resolution rental LED screen in the world and that it will attract great attention to itself!"

Gary Boyd, Executive Vice President & COO EMEA of PRG adds: ‘AOTO has developed technology and products at highest level for the past 25 years. With the new Mini LED we are convinced that this is the right product for the rental market. It will perfectly serve our customers needs and wishes in terms of high resolution indoor LED screens.’

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PRG Alliance Corporate Events - Spring 2018
6/5/2018

Intercontinental synergy in event technology benefits global corporate event clients

During the spring our members in Hungary and Greece were busy with collaborations in the corporate events sector.

The Roche Global Convention 2018 took place at the Hilton Hotel in Athens. The event was organized by Roche Brazil who is already a long-term customer of Alliance BR. It was the first time that Roche took the opportunity to have the same services for their events abroad via our PRG Alliance member in Brazil

The challenge for this event was to have a large and curved high-resolution LED wall that would provide great video quality to the participants situated very closely to the screen. The cooperation with Sound & Visual, PRG Alliance partner in Greece, was the ideal solution for this event. They provided the 28 meter long curved wall with a pitch of 3.9mm – resulting in a resolution of over 7.000 pixels wide. The crew was composed of Brazilian technicians who have a long history of collaboration on Roche events as well as Greek technicians who know the local equipment and the venue very well. 



Roche Global Convention in Athens

Likewise was the collaboration between PRG Chicago and Visual Europe Group, PRG Alliance partner in Hungary, for the medical conference Unlock the Unlimited at the Marriott Hotel in Budapest. The detailed technical plan provided to the client prior to the event gave them the confidence that they would benefit in  consistency for their events worldwide.

“Our teams have a shared opportunity to support one another and add a new dimension to services provided to our clients globally. This synergy provides us the advantage of focusing on the quality of the delivery and avoiding excessive travel costs”, says Daniel Gerdes, Director of Global Accounts for Corporate & Events at PRG.

Our members are ready to show our clients what we can do together on their next event.


Unlock the Unlimited congress in Budapest

 

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Easy Group Cameroon
1/23/2018

PRG Alliance Cameroon

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, welcomes a new member to PRG Alliance - its global network of technical production services. The new addition brings PRG Alliance to the CEMAC Region, comprising of the countries Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo.
 
The chosen local partner is Easy Group, a Douala based company providing solutions in operational marketing, event management, professional printing and audiovisual system integration to the Central Africa region. The company showed a substantial growth in the past ten years with focus on fashion shows, corporate events, television and private weddings.
 
Since PRG already provides technical production services for events in the region, a partnership with a company that can give local support with high-quality services is crucial for future developments as the area is increasingly attracting corporate and sport events.
 
“The PRG Alliance is not only a way to support our clients wherever they go, it is also a resource pool, a place to collaborate on the development of new projects and to discuss about how to overcome the challenges in our industry together.” – says Tom Van Hemelryck, CEO Central Europe and PRG Alliance Director at PRG.
 
“We have arrived at a stage of our company development where we need to understand the future of event technology in order to be able to set the trend in Central Africa. We recognize the capabilities that PRG Alliance brings to the table and we know this is the right approach for us.” – says Willy Ngassa, CEO of Easy Group.
 
PRG Alliance is present in the main event destinations – in total the group is represented in 29 countries.

 

From left to right: Tom Van Hemelryck, CEO Central Europe of PRG and PRG Alliance Director; Willy Ngassa, CEO of Easy Group;
Luciana Rosa, PRG Alliance Account Manager and Jesse Happy, Marketing & Commercial Manager of Easy Group.

More information about Easy Group at https://www.prg.com/alliance/en/members/easy-group 

 

 

 

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PRG Projects / PRG France - Phoenix Live 2017
10/24/2017

PRG delivers slanted floating mirror and dazzling LED Floor for Phoenix Tour

The French indie Rockers Group Phoenix started its’ world Tour, Ti Amo, in North America in May this year, before rocking the festival season here in Europe, then hitting the Asian continent and returning for their shows in London and Paris this month of September.

Once the whole of the creative design in place, Live Nation France, renowned organizer of prestigious concerts worldwide, approached PRG France with a very ambitious and challenging set design needing to dazzle spectators on a festival stage as well as an Arena stage, without changing the design.
The guideline resumed itself in ‘modularity and time saving touring concepts’ for this Phoenix World Tour, for which PRG France pulled in the PRG Projects team, who specializes in the integration and development of unique staging and visualisation items.

In very close collaboration with the client, PRG France and PRG Projects met this thrilling challenge by engineering, customizing and producing 126 Rolling LED Floor Risers with integrated magnets to enable an assembly in less than 30 minutes of an LED floor of up to 93sqm during the changeover time of a festival. 
The custom video risers were equipped with two ROE LED Black Marble 7 tiles each and had to be interlockable like Lego blocks. 

Second, but no less of a challenge was the request for an inclined floating mirror on stage, just above the band, which needed to be built simultaneously. PRG Projects designed two sets of 100sqm of mirrors, weighing 2,8 tons, which were suspended in a very strong aluminium frame from a separate grid with bumpers above the stage, to withstand any eventual windy passages. 


Matthias Leullier, Deputy Managing Director Live Nation France, comments: “I was very happy to work with PRG on a global production level for this project, because they came up with lots of solutions and managed to realize every aspect of this set design! Without PRG’s expertise and knowledge the whole thing would not have been possible!” 

Thierry Kra, General Manager PRG France adds: “I would like to thank Matthias Leullier, for the utmost confidence he placed in us for this challenging project! It was an absolute pleasure to realize this standout design and stage setup with him! 
Furthermore, I would like to thank the whole of the PRG Projects team as well as my own here in Paris for their dedication and team spirit! It was simply phenomenal!”

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Hamad Port Opening - ES:ME Entertainment - PRG Alliance
9/18/2017

The rigging specialist ES:ME delivers a custom-made structure for the inauguration of the Hamad Port in Qatar

ES:ME Entertainment Services is our PRG Alliance member in Qatar, working in both domestic and international projects involving customized rigging structures for the live event and entertainment industry in the gulf region. 

The opening ceremony of the Hamad Port took place on the 5th of September, for which the biggest challenge for ES:ME was to build a structure for two moving LED screens and the rigging for four aerial artists in front of these same screens.

Inspired by the port environment they used container handling trailers to compose the structures. With the support of their engineering partner Krasenbrink + Bastians, ES:ME developed and produced special steel adapters to fit the trailers and made all necessary load calculations for the composition of the supporting structure.

Safety was the main concern of ES:ME and a number of measures were implemented to make sure the structure would be used cautiously and defined the limits in terms weight and speed of the live performers and trucks.

 

Technical drawings of the custom-made LED structure

 

 

ES:ME team during the set up

 

 

Aerial artists rehearsing in front of the LED screen

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PRG Opening Ceremonies - SEA Games 2017 Kuala Lumpur
9/4/2017

PRG launches opening ceremony of Southeast Asian Games 2017

International production team for lighting, video and rigging in the National Stadium of Malaysia

The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2017 took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19th to 30th August 2017. A total of eleven nations, including the host country Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, fought for medals in more than 38 sports in the largest sporting competition in the Southeast Asian region. For the opening ceremony in Bukit Jalil, the event management service provider Memories Entertainment had extensive support from PRG.

Production Resource Group (PRG) was responsible for the Rigging, Lighting and Video as part of the large event in Malaysia's national stadium. This was a joint effort between PRG Germany, PRG Belgium, PRG Projects, PRG Gearhouse and PRG Japan, with the support of the PRG Alliance partner "The Show Companyā€¯. PRG Germany supplied the complete rigging and lighting technology, PRG Belgium the Video Technology and PRG Projects around 40,000 Pixel Tablets, which were developed in 2012 especially for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London. The team of PRG Gearhouse and PRG Japan supported the colleagues with event technology and manpower.

In addition to the 40,000 Pixel Tablets, the event technology package included 88 Panasonic video projectors, five D3 media servers, around 800 Moving Lights from PRG, Vari-Lite, Clay Paky and GLP, 250 SGM Q7 LED floodlights, as well as a grandMA2 system.

The international PRG team comprised 43 people from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Spain and Dubai. In addition, 12 event students from Singapore worked as followspot operators during the live broadcast on TV and Internet. Despite the hot temperatures, the extreme humidity in Kuala Lumpur as well as the tight production time window, including constantly revised directories, PRG, in cooperation with other service providers, ensured a flawless and smooth running of the opening ceremony of the SEA Games 2017.

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Alliance BR - Suvinil Brazil
8/23/2017

Alliance BR sets the stage for BASF event in Sao Paulo

Alliance BR had several touch points on the technical production for the launch of the new Suvinil product from BASF.
 
The new product is a high performance paint for residential use. It gives a smooth coverage even on imperfect surfaces and facilitates easy cleaning even with the most difficult marks such as pen ink and pollution.
 

The Brazilian PRG Alliance member used high quality equipment for this launch event. The sound system was composed of an L'Acoustics Kiva system and SB28 subs, and the show was lit with Martin Mac Quantum Profile and Ayrton Magic Panel fixtures.
 
A special feature of the launch was a 3D projection mapping on both sides of the stage, which used Panasonic 21k projectors, Watchout V6 media servers and Barco E2 screen management system.
 

Alliance BR is available to serve international clients in Brazil with a variety of technology for upcoming corporate events.


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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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