Our Company

  • Our History
  • Mission Statement
  • Global Leadership Team
  • Our Values

Our History

PRG’s growth as a company has paralleled the development of modern technology in the live entertainment industry. Founded in 1982 by Jere Harris as Jeremiah J. Harris Associates, and later renamed Harris Production Services, the company was joined two years later by Scenic Technologies, founded to develop new scenic fabrication and automation techniques for the live entertainment market. Landmarks of those early years include the long-running musical production The Phantom of the Opera (1988), which featured the debut of the patented Stage Command® motion control system, and EFX (1995) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which was produced by Harris, and with a budget of $45 million, was one of the largest theatrical shows at the time.

Responding to growing customer requests for a one-stop production solution, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) was established in 1995. PRG increased its capabilities over the next several years through a number of strategic acquisitions, including lighting and audio companies such as Vanco and Cinema Services (1996); Bash (1997); along with Production Arts Lighting and Promix (1998). The acquisitions of Light & Sound Design (1998) and VLPS® Lighting Services (2004) brought the teams responsible for many of the pioneering innovations in our industry, setting the stage for a series of industry-leading proprietary products that continue to set PRG apart today.

In 2009, PRG took a giant step forward into the global marketplace with the acquisition of PROCON, an entertainment technology company headquartered in Germany with offices in Belgium, France, Switzerland, China, and South Africa. This move has solidified PRG’s position as the premier resource in the entertainment and event technology industry, with a unique global brand and a strong presence and customer base in major markets and geographic locations worldwide.

The 2011 acquisition of First Events BVBA, expanded PRG’s European presence into new territories, including the Netherlands and Spain, as well as significantly reinforced their existing activities in Belgium. A major Europe-based entertainment technology company, First Event’s holdings included EML Productions NV in Belgium, EML Productions Holland BV in The Netherlands, and Sound and Light Productions S.L. in Spain. 

In 2014, PRG expanded into the Middle East when it acquired Dubai-based Gearhouse, L.L.C., the largest provider of turnkey event production services across the Gulf Region. 2015 kicked off with the acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions, which expanded the reach of PRG Nocturne and their expertise with live video production into more markets.

Today, PRG continues to lead the industry with the comprehensive integration of entertainment technology as represented by our work on productions such as Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011). For this groundbreaking production, PRG provided the lighting, audio, video, and automation systems, as well as the construction of the massive scenery. Spider-Man set a new standard for the total integration of production technology, which we continue to apply to every project. In 2013, PRG brought their technical expertise, especially in the area of scenic automation, when we collaborated closely with Global Creatures to bring King Kong to the stage in Australia. PRG, in 2014, partnered with Hero Ventures, when we brought our technical expertise to bear on The Marvel Experience, an unprecedented audience engagement that is a fully immersive experience that brings guests into Marvel's world of superheroes and villains. PRG has a legacy and a future of bringing the impossible to reality.

Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement: To deliver world-class production solutions for live entertainment and events.

PRG is a leader in entertainment and event production specializing in wide-ranging solutions that help bring the world’s greatest creative visions to life. From our early innovations in theatre, our expertise is now sought out the world over to solve the unique production challenges for a broad range of markets including live music, corporate events, film & television, theatre and scenic installations.

As your production partner, we always aim to provide you with personalized, one-on-one service—but each production is also supported by an incredible behind-the-scenes network of highly skilled technicians, engineers, and innovators. Come to PRG for a reliable production—every time.

Global Leadership Team

Jere Harris PRG Staff New York Jeremiah “Jere” Harris
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Jeremiah J. Harris is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), a leader in entertainment and event production solutions that helps bring the world’s greatest creative visions to life.

After founding Harris Production Services in 1982 and Scenic Technologies in 1984, Harris saw the potential for a comprehensive production solution company. He redefined the business model of the live event and entertainment technology industry when he founded Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) in 1995. Through strategic acquisitions Harris has guided the growth of PRG to bring together lighting, audio, video, automation, scenic and labor solutions. Additionally, PRG is known for its preeminent R&D team which boasts 172 patents (and counting) and continues to contribute to PRG’s global industry leadership.

Named on more than 33 patents in 13 patent product families, Harris has never lost sight of the benefit of directly driving the industry by not only supplying but redefining ‘state-of-the-art’ by developing the next generation of production technology solutions. In 2006, Harris was honored for his commitment and contributions to the industry when he was awarded the prestigious Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. This was a milestone of personal pride for him as he had begun working in a Broadway scenic shop at age 16.

Harris’ love of theatre is perhaps most evident in Harris Production Services, the first company he founded. Since its inception in 1982, the production management company has been involved in over 600 major entertainment and event productions, including over 70 Broadway shows; numerous large-scale corporate events, special events, and automotive shows.

Harris himself has numerous producing credits including many Broadway productions. In 2017, “Dear Evan Hansen” was honored with nine nominations and six Tony Awards®, including Best New Musical. His production of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” won two Tony Awards® along with its Tony nomination for the 2014 Best Musical and the 2014 Drama Desk Outstanding Musical Award. As a producer, Harris has also presented two of the most technically groundbreaking theatrical productions ever staged: “EFX”, starring Michael Crawford, which opened at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel in 1995, was a significant entertainment landmark that ran for nearly eight years, and again in 2010 with Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, the most technically complex production ever mounted on a Broadway stage.

Stephan Paridaen - President & Chief Operating Officer, PRG Group Stephan Paridaen
President & Chief Operating Officer, PRG Group

Stephan Paridaen heads and supervises the daily operations and strategy of the entire group of companies. In addition, he is responsible for developing the markets and range of services in the fields of Corporate Events, Automotive and Global Sports & Special Events.

Prior to joining PRG, Mr. Paridaen worked at Barco, a leading provider of professional video systems. As President of its Media & Entertainment division, he was responsible for the digitization of cinema theaters and founded the LED display department, as well as significantly influencing the convergence of video and lighting technology

Mr. Paridaen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, a Master’s in Economics and an MBA.  He also successfully completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP 162) at the Harvard Business School.

PRG Armonk Staff Scott Hansen Scott Hansen
Chief Asset Officer

Since joining PRG in May 1997, Scott has been involved in both financial and operational management of the company.

In his role as Chief of Asset Strategy, Scott is responsible for the global annual capital expenditure plan, PRG’s R&D teams, and the development and implementation of asset strategy initiatives.

Scott received a BS in Accounting from the University at Albany in New York and is a Certified Public Accountant. He joined PRG from the professional services firm Ernst & Young.


Nicole Scano-Schwiebert
Executive Vice President, CAO

Nicole joined PRG in 1992 and has held many positions during her tenure, including Director of Administrative Operations, Vice President of Asset Management, and Vice President of Human Resources. In her role as Chief Administrative Officer, she works with the executive team to lead PRG operations around the globe. In addition, she continues to be responsible for Human Resources..

Nicole holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Statistics from Rutgers University, and a Masters Certificate in Human Resources Management.


Robert Manners PRG Staff Armonk Robert Manners
Executive Vice President & General Counsel

As PRG’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Bob oversees all of the company’s legal affairs and has had an active role in all of the company’s acquisitions and capital transactions.

Prior to joining PRG in 1997, Bob served as a partner at the law firm of Pepe & Hazard LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, and as an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York City.

Bob received his JD from Columbia University Law School, an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Darren-DeVerna Darren DeVerna
Chief Executive Officer, Global Theatre

Darren DeVerna, CEO of Global Theater for Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), is responsible for the company’s global theatrical division, which includes Broadway, the West End and touring theatrical productions.

Darren has over 40 years’ experience in the theatre and has been a member of IATSE Local 1 since he first worked as a stagehand in 1977 on Broadway. He is the fourth generation of DeVernas to work in the theatrical industry and prior to joining PRG in 2001, he served as President of Four Star Lighting.

In recent years, DeVerna has been involved as a producer of numerous theatrical productions, both on Broadway and in London’s West End. These productions include, 2017 Tony Award® winning Dear Evan Hansen, Sunday In the Park with George, Escape to Margaritaville, SpongeBob the Musical, and Bandstand as well as the London productions of Rock of Ages and An American In Paris. He is also an investor in London’s Charing Cross Theatre as well as a number of Broadway shows.

Darren generously donates his time to numerous groups including being a board member of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the former Chairman of Mount Vernon Hospital and the former Vice-Chairman of Sound Shore Medical Center.


 

Tom Van Hemelryck
Vice President, Global Sports and Special Events

Tom is Vice President of Global Sports and Special Events.

PRG recognizes the importance and growth of Sport and Special Events on a global scale and sees the need for a market that can support Sport and Special Events coordinated through and supported by one specialized team that works with all PRG companies globally. Tom is responsible for all business development and PRG’s strategic positioning in this market on a global scale.

Tom began his career in the entertainment industry as a stagehand during his Bachelor studies Marketing in Belgium in 1994. He immediately got bitten by the entertainment industry virus and after 2/3 of his BA marketing program he decided to start working full time as a free lance stagehand/lighting technician.

In the last 20+ years Tom has been working in the industry in several positions as Lighting and LED screen technician, Project Manager, Account Manager, Sales Manager and Head of Sales.

Tom successfully finished a Global MBA program in 2009 at Manchester Business School. A program that in collaboration with the World Academy of Sports linked the MBA to the Sports and Major/Special Events industry.

Lucas Covers
Chief Executive Officer

A highly experienced company leader with a wealth of experience, Lucas Covers is the CEO for Production Resource Group LLC’s UK operation, PRG XL Video.

Having graduated from the Technical University of Delft with an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering, it was no surprise that Covers would make his career in the creative sphere. Joining Philips in 1988, and living in various countries, he became the CEO of their Home Networks division, based in Paris. He continued his career with Philips, returning to his native Netherlands in 2005, as Chief Marketing Officer for the Consumer Electronics Division.

After many years with Philips, Covers sought a new challenge, moving to the growing events industry, and taking the helm at De Boer Structures where he grew the company’s business.

In March 2013, Covers joined XL Video, taking up the role as Group CEO for the events and entertainment industry video specialists. He led the company through the next two years up to its acquisition by Production Resource Group, when he was asked to take the CEO position at PRG XL Video in the United Kingdom.

Lucas enjoys sports, music, art and cares about Brazil.


John Swain John Swain
Chief Executive Officer, APAC

As CEO, Asia Pacific and Australia, John is responsible for PRG's activities in Asia-Pacific, throughout the region including key locations in Japan, Shanghai and Australia.

John began his career in 1984 as a founding partner in a successful design and fabrication studio serving the film and television industry. He also worked in a variety of roles in regional and North American touring theater productions. In the 1990's, John worked for NBC's Studio 8H as an electrics stagehand for Saturday Night Live and managed shop operations for a New York-based visual merchandising studio focused on retail, corporate events and themed environments.

John joined PRG's Scenic Technologies division in 1998 where he was responsible for a number of major projects including the construction of the Kyoto, Umi and Jiyuu theaters in Japan; The Rose Theater and The Allen Room for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; and Korea's first-ever musical theater, the Charlotte Theater in Seoul. John also led teams responsible for scenic and motion control elements for a number of live productions internationally, including Aladdin and Steps in Time for Disney and The Phantom of the Opera and Cats for Shiki Theatre Company in Japan, as well as projects in Barcelona, Seoul, Berlin and many other cities worldwide.

Our Values

Passion for Results: Enthusiasm for the outcome of our actions...

  • We make things happen, for our customers, our audiences and ourselves.

Intrepid: Resolutely fearless; dauntless ...

  • We embrace challenge and complexity with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm.

Accountability: The obligation to be responsible for something …

  • We act with integrity, and take personal responsibility for our actions and results, expecting others to do the same.

Commitment: Pledge or promise …

  • We are personally committed to the success of our clients, our teammates and the company, and don’t stop until you say, “WOW!”

Teamwork: Coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team, in the interests of a common cause or goal …

  • We will work together to exceed expectations through competence, collaboration, creativity, and communication.
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