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Touareg Prod, Morocco
12/21/2015

PRG Alliance announces new member in Morocco

Touareg Prod’ joins the leading global network for technical event production.

There is one more pin in the map of PRG Alliance’s global reach – they are now present in Morocco with the addition of its new member Touareg Prod’. 

Founded in 2001, Touareg Prod’ offers a range of sound, lighting, rigging, and backline solutions to entertainment industry customers as concerts, TV shows, sports, corporate and private events. The company has now about 70 technicians working full time, a head office in downtown Casablanca and a 2,000 square meter warehouse in the industrial zone of Casablanca.

“I am certain that being part of the PRG Alliance will help Touareg Prod’ to do even more amazing things,” says Squalli Farid, Partner/Owner of Touareg Prod’. “We have been in close collaboration with some of the PRG Alliance members already for a few years but now that we are officially in the group we can’t wait to partner with all the members and welcome international events in Morocco, as well as getting the support for our clients abroad.”

Touareg Prod’ is very eager to fully participate in all PRG Alliance activities and to bring as much technical knowledge and business opportunities as possible to Morocco. “We are very busy with several projects recently. It gives us confidence that now is a good time to invest in our business expansion and join PRG Alliance,” continues Farid.

“Morocco was a natural extension to our presence since it is an important destination for corporate events and concert touring in North Africa,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We are happy to welcome such a proficient player as Touareg Prod’ to our global team.”

With this new addition to its member’s pool, the PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.

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PRG Alliance-Sound-and-Visual
11/13/2015

Greek Company Sound and Visual joins the PRG Alliance

Sound and Visual is ready to give support to the PRG Alliance with high quality services in audiovisual, lighting, rigging, and translation systems

Greece is a great destination for corporate events, with year-round favorable weather conditions, beautiful nature, and a large number of hotels and conference facilities. The company Sound and Visual - K. Papathanasiou S.A. was invited to join the PRG Alliance due to its wealth of experience in providing technical production services for corporate events and conferences in Greece, such as the EHRA 2013 (European Heart Rhythm Association) and the meetings during the Greek Presidency in the EU in the 1st semester of 2014, showing professionalism and attention to details in their integrated solutions for all technical needs. Sound and Visual also offers services for the live music and television markets, with large events as Mad Video Music Awards, Ermis Awards and others in their portfolio.

Sound and Visual is joining the PRG Alliance to be able to provide their clients with an even higher level of service taking advantage of new opportunities to access high-end technology equipment – following their commitment to focus on technology and new media.

“One of the major values that Sound and Visual embraces is teamwork,” says Konstantinos Papathanasiou, CEO of Sound and Visual. “The company is keen on sharing knowledge with the top professionals in the event industry around the world and on the opportunity to be able to cooperate with them in Greece and abroad.”

“We have been collaborating with Sound and Visual for many years and it is a great pleasure to have them in the PRG Alliance now”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “Our members’ international clients who choose Greece for their events can count on high-level local support now and dedicate more of their budget to event technology rather than to transportation costs.”

Greece is a promising and continuously increasing market in the event industry and the presence of PRG Alliance in the country can contribute directly in leading it to excellence.

The PRG Alliance today has members in 24 countries – the complete list of participant companies and news are available on Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com

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PRG Takes Home Both an LDI Product Award and a Parnelli Award as “Video Company of the Year”
10/26/2015

PRG Wins Big in Las Vegas

PRG Takes Home Both an LDI Product Award and a Parnelli Award as “Video Company of the Year”

This past weekend, Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) took home two big wins on Saturday night while exhibiting at LDI 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.  Following an enthusiastic response and non-stop crowds in the PRG booth all Friday and Saturday, the LDI team was awarded the LDI Best Debuting Product – Staging and Rigging for the new PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System. Presented at the LDI Awards event on the show floor and accepted by PRG Product Manager for Luminaires Chris Conti, who thanked PRG’s Technology Development team, based in Dallas. He also thanked the industry colleagues who contributed feedback during development, especially Lighting Designer Bob Barnhart and the Full Flood team for their inspiration towards developing this revolutionary product.

The PRG GroundControl Followspot System allows the spot operator to be in a remote location up to 2,000’ away while operating a high output PRG Bad Boy® Spot automated luminaire as a followspot. GroundControl quite literally places the spot op safely on the ground and the physical footprint within the rig of the luminaire is just 30 inches round and weighs only 172 lbs. Because of this small footprint and low weight, followspots can now be placed in a wider variety of positions than they ever could before, reducing the weight and cumbersome challenges sometimes faced when incorporating a followspot into certain designs.

Later in the evening at the 15th Annual Parnelli Awards, a gala event and dinner held at the Rio Hotel & Casino, PRG was named the Video Rental Company of the Year. The Parnelli, named after Tour & Production Manager Rick ‘Parnelli’ O'Brien, holds prestige in the production industry as it reflects being nominated and voted upon by colleagues industry-wide. The award was accepted by Nick Jackson, Senior Vice President, PRG Music Group.

“This is a real honor,” notes Mickey Curbishley, CEO of the PRG Music Group. “Though the award was for our work on U2, it's really a reflection of everything we do on every level. Congratulations to our entire PRG team, certainly to everyone who worked so hard on the amazing U2 tour and a big thank you to everyone for voting for us as number one. You all keep us at the top of our game.”

The U2 tour’s stunning video visuals, achieved by the tour’s Video Director Stefaan ‘Smasher’ Desmedt, leveraged the scrim-like qualities of the PRG V-Thru LED Video modules. Built into two screens, each 96’ long by 23’ tall, consisted of 240 individual 28mm V-Thru panels with a 66% transparency for true scrim-like effects. Placed on either side of a 96’ long flown catwalk, Smasher took full advantage of the product’s semi-transparency to allow the band members to appear to become part of the video screen and interact with the content. PRG is providing full video support on U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour.

Both wins reflect PRG’s dedication to "work smarter" solutions that are designed to address today's complex production needs with truly uncompromising commitment to innovation, value, and performance. At PRG our pride in results is seen when our solutions become creative tools that are incorporated as element of the audience experience.

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10/2/2015

PRG Alliance New Member in Qatar

PRG Alliance, the global network of high-quality event production services companies, is rapidly expanding and announces a new member in Qatar – ES:ME Entertainment Services.

Over the last few years, ES:ME has provided technical consulting services as well as planning, engineering, rigging, temporary structures, and lighting to the event industry across the Middle East, working with the region’s largest organizations and also helping smaller, more intimate events to put themselves on the corporate and social map. The company has a professional and safety conscious team with over two decades experience, working with top-brand equipment and high-tech solutions including computer-controlled cable-suspended camera systems.

The company is led by Alex Wurfel and Rene Karnahl, both with a deep well of knowledge and experience in event production. “We are excited about all the opportunities in the PRG Alliance,” says Wurfel. “We are happy to share our expertise in the field of rigging with the members and have their support on lighting and audiovisual services as we want to expand our business in this area; we see it as having access to a huge inventory and wealth of experience overnight. This partnership is even more significant for me because I started my career on Procon’s lighting and rigging technical team. I am looking forward to work together with them again.

“PRG is very familiar with the work of ES:ME and their expertise in complex structural installations for event production,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We worked together on a number of projects, including the Oman National Day and the Burj Khalifa Opening. They are very strict in following the highest European and American standards and their support to the Alliance is very welcome – we want to reinforce the importance of safety to our members.

The collaboration started right away with ES:ME providing a workshop to all members on International Standards in Rigging during PRG Alliance regional events that were held in Sao Paulo, Hamburg, and Shanghai during August and September 2015.

The PRG Alliance today has members in 24 countries – the complete list of participant companies and news are available on Alliance website


Nu Skin Corporate Event, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that ES:ME Entertainment Services​ supported.

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PRG XL Video Logo
9/8/2015 Press Release

Production Resource Group Extends Brand in Germany and United Kingdom to include XL Video

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the United Kingdom to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group.  The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged. 

PRG will continue to use its brand name in all other countries across Europe and North America.  XL Video teams in those territories will be immediately transitioned into the PRG family. 

“Part of our decision to acquire XL Video was the premier value of its brand in many of our markets,” said Jeremiah J. Harris, PRG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “We recognize that the XL Video name and logo are synonymous with outstanding quality, customer service, and technical expertise in some of our territories, equal to that of PRG – and so after careful consideration, we have decided to operate with integrated branding for a transition period in those locations.”

“Our aim when joining the two companies was to create a strong foundation for continued growth,” said Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We believe integrated branding in Germany and the United Kingdom is a terrific introduction of our combined capabilities to our customers and markets.”   

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Sao Paulo Regional Summit
9/1/2015

PRG Alliance Regional Summit in Sao Paulo showcases local members and promotes technical discussion

PRG Alliance organized in August the first edition of its Regional Summit, an event tailored to the regional needs of the Alliance - and the first city chosen for the event was Sao Paulo.

The event received attendees from event agencies and show producers from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais in the segments of corporate events, concert touring and theater. The occasion was perfect to present the three Brazilian members as part PRG Alliance, the global network of technical production services for events - the companies Crialed, supplier of video solutions and LED screens; LPL, specialist in lighting systems for shows and events; and Loudness with the expertise in audio systems and consulting for events, live recording and special projects. 

The event started with the welcome message from Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance: "We are happy with the support the three Brazilian members have been providing to the PRG Alliance members. We chose these companies because they have a work philosophy similar to PRG - investing in quality equipment, trained technical staff and growth through collaboration".

After a presentation from the Brazilian members there was a panel discussion on Trends in Technology Production, with the participation of experts in technical direction of auidovisual and lighting: Andreas Schmidt from Audio Bizz, Gian Bortolotti from iBeam; Macgyver Zitto from Produtores Associados; Mauricio Afram from Extratech and Nico Gomes from NGPA-LTDA. The debate had a casual tone where all participants talked openly about the challenges of the Brazilian market and what to expect for the future - "Brazil already receives foreign productions with a high quality technical services, comparable to international standards", says Nico Gomes during the discussions, complemented by the other participants who agreed that the biggest challenge for the future is the investment in specialized human resources - "Today we already have a high demand for technical professionals in this sector, and I believe this demand will increase with time. I am confident that the Brazilian companies will keep up with the technological updates in equipment. What we all have to pay attention is the investment in humam capital to have the capacity to serve the large productions coming to the country", says Macgyver Zitto.

The event finished with a closed session for the members with a workshop in International Rigging Standards and a demo of the new Icon Beam lights - this knowledge will benefit directly the entertainment industry in Brazil since all the learning will be applied in local productions.

PRG Alliance is producing two other regional events for its members in the coming months, in Hamburg and in Shanghai, bringing information exchange and workshops to all members in the EMEA and Asia regions.


Members presentation at the Sao Paulo Regional Summit

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8/31/2015

STS Communication, PRG Alliance member in Italy, delivers video technology for Jovanotti tour

After the great success of 2013, Jovanotti returned to the stadium circuit with a powerful, colorful and fun show. It would be simplistic to call it "just" a concert: it is instead a comprehensive spectacle, a major technological production that required a year time to set up, two and a half hours of quality production in which Lorenzo once again showed his spirit of experimentation and fun.

An incredibly big stage in the form of a lightning bolt that seemed to expand and shift dramatically, allowing a perfect view from every seat.

As for the last tour, STS Communication once again handled the video technology, starting with the giant screen, also in the shape of a lightning bolt: 800 square meters of 8.9mm LED, an image of more than 5000 base pixels created by the alignment of 3 Pandora’s Box media servers and custom built masks.

For the live broadcast and content, STS provided full HD portable production unit with 9 cameras and contents management with 6 Pandora’s Box media servers and 2 media players, all of it with active backup to ensure the fluidity of the show.  

Lorenzo negli Stadi 2015 started on 20 June in Ancona and concluded on 30 July in Bari, with three consecutive dates in Milan in between, all completely sold out. 

Public at the show and the view to the stage.

The central LED panel impressive effect in the evening.

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Tomorrowland 2015

Tomorrowland 2015 Goes Out With a Bang in Belgium

After three days of madness, Tomorrowland 2015 has come to an end! As many as 180,000 People of Tomorrow forgot their troubles and danced their hearts out to the beats of David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki and many, many more. Once again, PRG Belgium took on part of the technical challenge. We provided light and trussing for the MainStage, Frame Stage, Opera Stage and the Garden of Madness, taking advantage of our PRG Best Boy Washes, PRG Bad Boy, and the brand new Icon Beam, which is only available from PRG. We also supplied audio equipment for the Candy Stage.

Check out the slideshow for Tomorrowland 2015

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PRG ALLIANCE FACEBOOK PAGE
8/5/2015

PRG Alliance is now on Facebook

Our new PRG Alliance Facebook page is up and running! 

Keep up with news and events from PRG Alliance partners around the globe.

We are sharing information about new members and services, collaboration cases and all about PRG Alliance technology exchange events. 

Be sure to like our page at www.facebook.com/prgalliance and stay up to date with the PRG Alliance world.


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Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour

PRG converts marble stone quarry into freestyle motorcycle stage. 

Production Resource Group AG (PRG) in Germany supported the prestigious “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour” as it stopped in the Greek capital Athens for the first time, Friday, June 12th. The multi-annual competition, hosted by Red Bull since 2001, sees the best freestyle athletes of the motocross scene (FMX) competing against one another in some of the most fantastically unusual locations around the globe. 

The world-renowned Dionyssos marble stone quarry, on the outskirts of Athens, served as the spectacular stage for the second stop of this year’s “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.” Throughout history the quarry birthed many famous Greek and Roman monuments and sculptures, such as the preeminent Acropolis. PRG’s elaborate lighting installation ensured that 12 of the world’s best FMX drivers were able to successfully bridge ancient and modern times. The design for this great show was done by the German lighting designer Florian Schreiter. 

The installation was challenging – tight access points, wind, dust, darkness, and long cable paths. A complex lighting and power network had to be installed without impairing the performance of the athletes or the view of the 1,000 fans in attendance. At the center of PRG’s solution was four 100kw SoftSuns – providing tremendous brightness to the course while hanging from truck mounted cranes. These are ideal fixtures for lighting large areas and sports events. 

Another challenge was presented on an even larger area of 200 x 250 meters. The driveways leading up to the FMX course required light as well, yet no rigging points existed. The solution – PRG constructed a two-story high platform with the help of truck mounted cranes to position the array of lighting fixtures and operating personnel. 

The season opening of this year’s “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour” took place at the Plaza de Toros monument in Mexico City, Friday, March 6th. After the stop in Athens the tour continues on Friday, July 10th in Madrid at the bullring “Las Ventas.” The athletes rock the city of Pretoria during their 4th stop Saturday, September 12th. The Tour’s grand finale is Friday, October 30th in the United Arab Emirates. 

Pictures from the “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour”

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PRG Alliance Member FX Roadlights
6/24/2015

PRG Alliance Welcomes New Member in Portugal

The PRG Alliance is proud to announce its new member, FX Road Lights in Portugal. With the addition of FX Road Lights, PRG Alliance continues to increase its global reach to help serve international clients everywhere they go.

FX Road Lights was founded in 2002 in Portugal as a lighting design company to meet the demands of an expanding market in lighting and effects solutions for events and TV productions. Over the years, the company expanded its area of expertise to video as a visual complement to their lighting design work.

Over the past 13 years, the company has created a deep and varied project portfolio through pairing an experienced creative team with deep technical know-how. FX Road Lights is today a creative company, exploring new concepts of lighting and video in live music concerts, corporate events, and television shows.

FX Road Lights has shown their capability in lighting and video systems, investing in high-quality equipment and technical expertise,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, PRG Alliance Director. “Now they are ready to take the company to the next level and we are pleased to have their support in Portugal.

We are expanding our business to service new markets, including corporate events and international concert touring,” explains Leocadia Silva, General Director of FX Road Lights. “We are thrilled with the business opportunities that are opening up to us with the PRG Alliance partnership. Portugal has great events and we are ready to embrace future challenges with the backing of the exceptional proficiency in the PRG Alliance network."

More information on FX Road Lights and all PRG Alliance members is available at www.prgalliance.com

FX Road Lights Team

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5/12/2015

Collaboration was the word at the 1st PRG Alliance Summit

Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently concluded the first PRG Alliance Summit, held on 16th April 2015 during the Prolight + Sound 2015 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt. Prolight + Sound is the leading international trade fair for the event-technology sector and covers all products, trades, and services for this market segment. This was the ideal event to bring together the PRG Alliance members and at the Summit, there were 28 countries represented by 65 attendees. Since the PRG Alliance was launched at Prolight + Sound 2014, the Summit also marked its one-year anniversary.

“This is a milestone for the PRG Alliance,“ said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “In just one year, 13 of the world’s most highly regarded technical event production companies have joined the PRG Alliance. They bring to the PRG Alliance, a tremendous depth of expertise, a commitment to customer service, and a global breadth of coverage that is unequalled in our industry.“

The event was an opportunity for the Alliance members to network as well as attend meetings about the latest PRG Alliance developments, learn about PRG business insights, and participate in discussions about the future of the industry. A highlight of the event was the Market Trend panel sessions with production specialists from the Entertainment, Special Ceremonies, and Corporate Events segments. The esteemed panelists included Valerie O’Keeffe, CEO from Brighter Than The Sun; Designer Koert Vermeulen, Founder of ACT Lighting Design; Remi Oerlemans, Chief Creative Officer at DVP Event Marketing; Executive Producer Ben Hawkins from George P. Johnson; Production Manager David Wright; and Nick Eltis, Senior Technical Director for the European Games Baku 2015.

“We were happy to attend the PRG Alliance Summit and participate in discussions valuable to our business,“ commented Rasmus Bremer, CEO, [Lite]com A/S, a PRG Alliance member in Sweden and Denmark. “We appreciate this new partnership as it will help us to achieve a global reach. At this summit it was obvious that a powerful alliance is taking shape and we are looking forward to being a part of it.“

Today the PRG Alliance has 13 members present in 22 countries, these include:

Brazil: Crialed Producoes Visuais, Loudness Sonorizacao, and LPL Lighting Productions

Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group

Malaysia: Orange Events

Singapore: The Show Company

South Korea: Ally&Co, Total Korea, and Basictech/p>

Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com

Turkey: Phantom Event Engineering

For more information about the PRG Alliance, please go to www.prgalliance.com

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