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07/07/2018

Negramaro’s spaceship lands in 6 Italian stadiums

Negramaro is touring through Italy again. His show “Amore Che Torni Tour Stadi 2018” will attract fans to 6 stadiums across the country. The tour, with over 155.000 tickets sold, is produced and organized by Live Nation Italy.

This show is exemplary of how video can intensify the storytelling. The stage represents a spaceship, with a central MC12 screen that shapes the globe, flanked by two satellites and MC18 side screens. 8 Barco UDX 4K32 projectors are used for projection on the scrims that form the satellites. Just like in outer space, elements and screens are moving.
Behind this show is an ingenious technical set-up: 5 risers were cladded with Utile R3 video. 2 of those risers are laser controlled stage wagons that moved all over the stage as well as the catwalk and piloted via a complete wireless video signal through a Teradek wireless video system.

PRG is grateful to contribute to the “Amore Che Torni” tour, supplying video. Special thanks go to Claudio Santucci for the unique set design, Alberto Muller, production manager for Live Nation Italy, Bernd Bisson, crew chief for PRG and their entire teams!

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05/07/2018

PRG Announces New Concert Touring Innovations

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

LONDON and 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 – Infinity SPACEFRAME™ and Ingest – which are supporting Beyonce 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 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 Beyonce, 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 a 16,8-meter-wide and 10,8-meter-high screen (55 feet x 35.4 feet) 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 Beyonce and Jay-Z different entry and exit scenarios. The new Infinity SPACEFRAME screen, with GALAXIA’s WV9 air transparent LED, measures 52,8-meter-wide and 13,2-meter-high (173.2 feet x 43.3 feet) 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.

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 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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01/06/2018

PRG Belgium is launching the PRG Crew Portal!

PRG Belgium has launched the PRG Crew Portal for technically qualified event specialists, in order to source employees/freelancers and to communicate with them.

The Crew Portal is already online.

Our company realizes a large number of large as well as small events and is permanently looking for skilled manpower and specialists.

By inscribing yourself and creating your personal profile on this platform, you will assist us in finding the right people for the right jobs. Our PRG Project Managers and Crewbookers will be able to assess the applicants and service providers better.
In the medium term, this will create a large service provider pool and the processing of cooperation should become significantly more efficient.

During the registration process, we will ask about your “skills” – meaning your qualifications or your expertise. You can grade yourself for each of the skills you would like to offer us. We are often looking for professionals with a range of skills; the more you’ve got to offer, the more we will work with you on a more frequent basis!



Your registration on the Crew Portal will become the future requirement for cooperation with PRG.

Created profiles are visible to the other PRG affiliates, which also creates the possibility for you to be contacted by our colleagues within the PRG Group.

Further information: http://crew.prg.com/en/faq

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17/05/2018

School’s out, summer’s here! Time for the coolest student job in Belgium

Students battling at PRG for a summer job for the festivals

On Saturday 5th of May, infectious enthusiasm could be felt in our Tildonk office.
32 students came down to our warehouse with one common goal: working for Belgium’s biggest festivals this summer. PRG is looking for young talents to support our teams during the busy summer season; therefore, students between the age of 17 and 24 could apply via Jobtalent. Their team did a first screening, after which candidates were invited to the job battle in Tildonk.
And it would not be PRG if it were just another classic job interview. If we say battle, we mean it.
The students were divided into four groups. After meeting with our Crewing Manager, they were up for the practical part of the day, consisting of a series of individual challenges and a group test.

The students needed to show us their strength, speed and insight. First, they had to sort some XLR, Schuko, CEE and Socapex cables into their respective flight cases. Then 4 x 6-bars PAR64 waited for them to be hung into the dolly. For the last test, candidates had only five minutes to attach a lighting feature onto a clamp. Definitely not a breeze!

Teamwork makes the dream work! For the group test, candidates had to work together to distribute 20 flight cases to the right loading dock. Afterwards, 2x5 way Socapex loom cables of 40m length each needed to be stored into a flight case correctly. The students communicated clearly, demonstrated speed and order and got the job done in just under 5 minutes. 

All candidates will now be contacted in person. For the 12 top scorers of the day, that means they will be informed about the starting date of their summer job at PRG’s. The others will have a new opportunity next year! 

Interested to apply for a student job or any other job at PRG? Please contact hrbelgium@prg.com

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14/05/2018

PRG Spain introduces the Icon lighting fixtures on the Spanish market

The Love the Tuenti's tour has kicked off in Madrid

The Spanish tour Love the Tuenti's kicked off last weekend with a first show in Madrid. Over 18.000 music lovers came down to the Wizink Center Arena to enjoy 5 hours of the best music from the 2000's, with the most famous artists and dj's from that decade live on stage.

Also for PRG Spain this tour is a premiere, with the introduction of the Icon series on the Spanish market, the Spanish team is in charge of the whole tour in terms of the technical design, equipment and logistics. Translated in numbers that means: 8 trucks of equipment, 60 technicians in 2 shifts and - besides rigging - everything from load in, setup, rehearsals to the actual show and load out within 24 hours.

The set-up consisted of 670 lighting fixtures, of which 60 Icon Beams 280W and 46 Icon Edges 470W. The lighting set was piloted by 2 GrandMA2s and 3 NPUs. The spectacular video show was made possible by 765 square meters of LED (ROE MC 12 & Pixel Screen PLED 206 E3) to create the 3 circles in motion and curved trusses facing the public.

The sound system that supported the variety in music throughout the night was composed of a complete Adamson kit, piloted by 4 Digico sound desks.

Congratulations to our PRG Spanish team for taking the lead in this incredible cross-country collaboration with PRG teams in Germany, Belgium and the UK.
The show is exemplary of what we can achieve with one strong European PRG team, absolutely unique in our industry.

We are looking forward to the next shows on September 15th in Bilbao and 29th in Valencia, and to collaborating again with ShareMusic.

Our special thanks go to Hugo Albornoz, CEO Sharemusic, for the coordination of the show, Edu Valverde as our set and lighting designer and Juan Manuel Lazaro, Lights/D3 programmer and operator.
Thank you also to all our teams in Spain, Germany, Belgium and the UK! 

Account Manager: Luis Briz
Project Manager: Pako Palazón
On site Manager: Joan Román
Lights Crew chiefs: Vicente Ferreras y Emiliano Almeida.
Sound Crew Chiefs: Victor Retana y Oscas Navieras
Video Crew Chiefs: David Garcia y Juanjo Lopez Martin.


Get soaked up in the atmosphere: watch the movie

Marta Viscarret, Management
Sergio Puig, Sergio Bello, Alberto Aparicio, Juan José Ros: Design
María Álvarez: Booking
JM Sanz: Video
Teresa Álvarez: Logistics
Sebastián Serafini: CFO
Isabel Martín: Communication & Press Relations

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14/05/2018

PRG’s New Concert Touring Products on U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour

PRG’s New Concert Touring Products on U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour

Pure10 and Rolling Video Floor Risers elevate the touring industry

LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2018 – Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announces two product innovations - Pure10 and Rolling Video Floor Risers - which have been integrated into the design, production and operations for the U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. Both solutions demonstrate PRG’s dedication to innovating products that respond to the needs of artists, tour designers and managers seeking to push boundaries and deliver a more immersive concert experience.

“PRG has supported every U2 tour since 1992, and they always challenge us to be innovative with available technology or to create something new,” said Jeroen Hallaert, director of PRG Projects North America.

U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour is a follow up to the 2015 Songs for Innocence Tour for which PRG provided the video cage on the moving catwalk between the video screens. However, for the 2018 tour, U2’s creative team required high-resolution, super transparent LED video screens and an independent automated kinetic catwalk between the video screens. The purpose of the transparent LED video screens is to allow band members to perform amidst the LED walls (as during the 2015 tour) without creating a visual divide in the arena. It also provided the ability to integrate Augmented Reality into the show.

Further, the design team wanted the catwalk to be accessible by a moving staircase, and therefore the catwalk should move independently from the video screens. This added automated catwalk required more motors and equipment, thus adding weight. This meant PRG Projects had to find a solution to make not only high-resolution, super transparent LED video screens but also make it super light-weight.



PURE10

In response to U2’s challenge to create a transparent LED wall, PRG Projects revolutionized the way LED screens are built and created the patent-pending Pure10. Rather than mounting the printed circuit boards (PCB) holding the LED in standard clunky frames, PRG Projects sliced the PCB in strips and turned them 90 degrees with the LED mounted on the side. This resulted in 75 percent transparency.

The added specially curated Augmented Reality scene-setter - triggered by the LED screen – required a transparent, high-resolution screen. The way PRG Projects chose to build the screen allowed for a 10mm pixel pitch. A pitch far superior than what PRG Projects initially imagined.

“The creative team and the band were looking for a LED screen that allowed them to use AR in the way they envisioned. Pure10 works so well thanks to the magic combination of the pixel pitch, the high transparency and the brightness,” said Hallaert. “The band now calls the screens and catwalk the barricage.”

Additionally, rather than metal fabrication to house or frame the Pure10, PRG Projects used knowledge gained from developing the SPACEFRAME® and engineered a fast-building system in carbon fiber. This resulted in the weight savings that the tour’s production team was looking for. It also gave free reign to the designers and the band to further use the automated catwalk creatively.

As with the innovative transport design for the SPACEFRAME, PRG Projects has advanced the way concert touring is taken on the road with Pure10 by maximizing space and volume in trucks, airplanes and sea containers. The number of trucks needed is cut in half compared to the 2015 tour. Further, when the equipment is used during the show, empty transport dollies fold, stack and roll away in the tiniest spaces. This allows for other departments to move around the venue more freely and makes for ergonomic and superior logistics for load-ins and load-outs.



Rolling Video Floor Riser

The Rolling Video Floor Riser is a revolutionary system in how it’s built and disassembled. Initially revealed last year, PRG Projects updated and upgraded it for U2 to be used as the round stage. Each riser is fitted with 2 LED modules offering a high resolution 4mm pixel pitch during performances. Each riser has integrated magnets to enable a speedy assembly - an LED Floor of up to 1,076 square feet can be set up in less than 20 minutes.

“The Rolling Video Floor Risers were developed to meet the short set-up and change-over times of LED flooring which is perfect for the concert touring and festival segment,” said Mark O’Herlihy, vice president of PRG Global Entertainment.

Not only do the Rolling Video Floor Risers dramatically reduce the set-up time for an LED floor on stage, they also are transported in especially fitted dollies, which contain six risers each. The dollies are 1.6 m in height, allowing shipment via airfreight on the lower deck, which drastically reduces the shipping costs.

Credits Pictures © Steve Jennings

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31/01/2018

PRG at the D6Bels Awards

A highlight for the music world this weekend: the presentation of the D6bels Music Awards 2018, broadcasted live by the Belgian tv channel the RTBF on Friday evening, the 26th of January.

Jean-Jacques Marotte was the designer for this live broadcast and PRG was in charge of lighting and video technology for this program.
Four curved LED screens of 14m length and 3m width were floating above the stage and consisted of 360 modules of PLED206E3 IP43.
The LED-backdrop of the stage measured 12m wide by 3m high and consisted of 120 ROE Blackface In & Outdoor modules.
The whole system was driven by 2 Arkaos Mediamaster Pro V5 and a GrandMA2.



The lighting kit included 14x PRG Best Boy HP, 50x PRG ICON Beam 280W, 60x PRG ICON EDGE 470W, 20x LED Flood P-5 Wash Light, 20x LED Flood/Blind/Strobe Q-7, 40x LED Striplite 1m, Impression X4 Bar 20, 62x LED Movinghead Magicpanel R Ayrton, 88x LED Movinghead Rogue R1-FXB, 2x Smoke machines SweFog XEON II Intellahazer. A Grand MA2 Full-size, 6 DMX-Interface MA NPU and 48x DMX-Splitters, 7-V, XLR-5 drove the lighting system.

PRG Account & Production Manager Laurent De La Haye worked with Project Manager Mathieu Antoine, Light Operator Rudy Fastré and Video Operator Jonathan Pirard.

We are once again proud of our team who has once again proven great professionalism and made this production a success for the second consecutive year!

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18/01/2018

Holiday on Ice - The Anniversary Tour

A technical symbiosis of light and video

It is the most visited ice show in the world - Holiday on Ice! This year, the production celebrates its 75th anniversary. "Atlantis" is one of two shows currently touring Germany and France, exciting its audiences with spectacular costumes, great choreography and impressive scenography.

Once again this year, PRG will return to Holiday on Ice’s frozen world and support the show in terms of event technology. In addition to rigging and audio technology, PRG also provides lighting and video technology.

Adam Bassett of Woodroffe Bassett Design is the lighting designer of the show. Among other things, he and his team have worked on the lighting for the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and the Olympic Games. Adam Bassett explains what aspects played a role in the implementation of the current tour:
"Whenever we develop projects, it's the interplay between the design and what we have available in terms of budget, equipment and technology to meet the specific design challenges. It was very helpful to work closely together with PRG from the start, trying to find technical solutions to the complexities, within our budget."

One of the technical highlights of this year’s tour are the ten automated Roll-up screens in the middle of the ice rink. For this, PRG uses six Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors. The Roll-ups are controlled via DMX by the GrandMA2 console. The GrandMa2 console also controls the WO media server to track the different positions during the show. A completely redundant WO system is used as an output.
As a backdrop of the ice rink, we installed a large video projection. Two Barco HD projectors W f 26K project in different depths so that with the help of the WO system, the data is mapped and a 3D effect is created. The projections also emphasize the costumes of the figure skaters and thus create the magical atmosphere of the lost city of Atlantis.

Kjell Peersman, Technical Manager of Holiday on Ice, is delighted with the successful video-technical implementation of the show content:
"We had to find a tailor-made solution to deliver video content on the automated roll-ups. PRG developed a great solution for this, making all boards and media servers communicate with each other. The result is just great! "

In addition to video technology, the lighting has been carefully adapted to the scenario of the show. A total of 40 Icon Edges were used. This moving head is a fast beam, spot and wash luminaire; it contains a wide range of gobos and offers a lot of lighting effects, which benefits the tour.

Bob Walpot, Director of Operations and Asset Strategy PRG, is satisfied with the technical solutions the team has created for the show:
"The combination of these video and lighting elements in synergy with the sumptuous costumes creates a wonderful and immersive show."

Holiday on Ice's Anniversary Tour is also a great success! In total, over 90 shows are performed. Till the end of February, the ice skaters will still enchant the audiences before Atlantis sinks back into the sea.

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