As the leading global production services solution provider PRG is continually working on some of the most creatively challenging projects; developing the next generation of technology and redefining the industry as well as our company. Keep track of it all in our news updates and case studies. We will also be posting articles and videos featuring some of our industry's compelling creative thinkers; designers and luminaries.
DALLAS – MARCH 16, 2017 – Production Resource Group LLC, the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that it has been issued a United States utility patent for the award-winning GroundControl™ Followspot System. The patent (number 9,593,830) is the culmination of a multiple-year development effort by the PRG Research and Development team based in Dallas. This patent is the first issued of the four patents filed by PRG related to the GroundControl system.
“We are very happy and proud to have our first claims granted on the GroundControl Followspot. PRG’s innovation is driven by our clients’ needs and this is just another example of our extensive technical capabilities,” said Chris Conti, product manager for PRG and one of the inventors. “This product is revolutionizing a category that has seen very little innovation in the past 30 years. We have been overwhelmed with the success and demand for the product.”
PRG’s GroundControl Followspot System allows a followspot operator to remotely operate a high output automated luminaire as a followspot from up to 2,000 feet away. Designers now have total creative freedom to put followspots in previously unusable places or avoid complex rigging. With the GroundControl Followspot System, the operator is on the ground so the physical footprint of the luminaire is significantly smaller than a conventional followspot. Because of this small footprint and low weight, followspots can now be placed in a wide variety of positions. The GroundControl Followspot System consists of specially customized PRG luminaires which include a built-in camera and can be flown or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accommodate a followspot. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl Followspot System reduces trucking space, saves operator time, allows for a single operator to control multiple follow spots and also minimizes “seat kills” – the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for clients.
The GroundControl Followspot System, introduced to the market in 2016, has been well received by the industry – awarded Live Design’s Products of the Year for Best New Followspot in 2015-2016 and AV Awards Production Product of the Year in 2016 – and it has been quickly integrated into live music, TV and corporate productions. The technology has been used on tours by artists including Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Elton John, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers and has been integrated into TV productions such as “The Voice”, “MTV Awards” and “iHeart Music Awards”. It has also been used in the Tom Ford Fashion Show and in events and exhibits by corporations such as Adobe, Microsoft and SAP.
The GroundControl Followspot System consists of three parts: a GC Spot Luminaire, a GC Truss Box, and a GC Followspot Controller. It is currently compatible with PRG’s Best Boy HP, Bad Boy HP and the new GroundControl™ LongThrow luminaire.
The City of Toronto Mayor, John Tory along with Toronto Industry players including; Cinespace, Pinewood, William F. Whites, Sim Group, Technicolor, SpinVFX, Drake Hotel, Canada Film Capital, DGC, Deluxe, Revival, The Ritz Carlton, and TriBro created a relaxing meeting place for companies to meet with filmmakers that included drinks, appetizers, couches to lounge and listening to some music that was organized by PRG, while charging their cell phone. The location was strategically across the street from the Park Hyatt, where central registration took place.
Events that took place included Famous Scones and Greenhouse fresh-pressed juice from The Drake Hotel, VR demonstrations, International Co-productions, Meet the Locals, and Working in Toronto.
PRG provided LED screens, Lighting Packaging, Stage and Truss.
On Friday 30th September 2016, the AV Awards took place at a glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards, which celebrate the best product, projects, and people in the AV industry, was attended by a team from PRG XL Video, led by Executive VP & COO, EMEA, Gary Boyd.
Following the announcement of the shortlist for Production Product of the Year, sponsored by DB Systems, PRG’s GroundControl™ Followspot System was announced as the winner in the category which included products from Barco, Elation Professional, Sennheiser, X-Rite Photo and Video, and NewTek Inc.
The revolutionary product is already making waves across the production industry, particularly in the concert touring, theatre and television markets, and the judges commended the way the product is having a huge effect on the way lighting designers and producers design their shows and events.
The GroundControl™ Followspot System consists of a specially customized PRG Bad Boy spotlight which includes an in-built camera, and can be flown from rigging or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accomodate a followspot; a truss box which provides the link between the fixture and the controller; and the ground-based controller unit which can be operated from up to 610 metres away from the fixture.
GroundControl™ allows designers huge flexibility in where to locate their followspots and the operators can be safely located on the ground within the venue, without the need to climb rigging. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl™ Followspot System also negates the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for venues.
Gary Boyd comments: “I was delighted to accept the award for Production Product of the Year for GroundControl. The product is making huge waves across our industry, and we’re very proud to have developed this in-house. Our R&D team in Dallas have done an excellent job in creating a followspot system which is rapidly growing in popularity and demand!”
For a full list of the AV Awards Winners follow this link.
This summer, PRG Argentina proudly supported the III Edition of the Premios Platino, the most important movie award show for spanish speaking countries. This inaugural event was held at the brand new Punta del Este Convention and Exhibit Center in Uruguay
Punta del Este is known as the “St. Tropez of South America”, due to its beautiful beaches, upscale resorts and nightclubs. This new venue features 25 acres of land, can host 4,000 attendees, has a 72,000 sq ft exhibition hall and 646,000 sq ft of outdoor spaces.
The Award Show is organized by the Entidad de Gestion de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (EGEDA) in collaboration with the Federacion Iberoamericana de Productos Cinematograficos y Audiovisuales (FIPCA). Eight hundred movies from 23 countries participated in this edition of the Premios Platino. The gala was televised through CNN Español, TNT and TVE showcasing in 50 countries, reaching approximately 50 million homes.
Some of the most important acts were: Paulina Rubio, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Torres, Jesse & Joy, and several others.
PRG provided support for this prestigious event with lighting (indoor and outdoor), rigging and full technical services. Eight technicians were onsite for 14 days to assemble and support this event including: 223 moving lights, 154 Conventionals, 90 LED Lighting fixtures, 6 Spotlights and 515 meters of truss
Top 5 reasons you should upgrade to the NEW Mbox v4 Software.
1. Mbox’s revised user interface provides new controls for patching, output setup, mix setup, and preferences. And the UI now supports independent windows for each output plus the setup window.
2. Mbox v4 increases the number of playback layers in each version of the software, increases the maximum content size and output size to allow for 4K playback and output, enhances the pixel mapping (more pixels and new sources), allows for up to 32 independently mastered outputs (Mbox Designer).
3. Synchronization between outputs and servers has been greatly improved, allowing for perfect playback sync across multiple outputs of multiple servers.
4. As with previous versions of Mbox, v4 continues to support the ability to perform single-layer crossfades on every layer.
5. The texture effects in Mbox v4 have been enhanced to allow for better control with up to five modifiers per effect.
Check out some of the new features:
NEW Patch tab has the ability to see what universe/address each component of the server is patched to, as well as the current value for each parameter.
NEW Outputs tab shows the ability to add outputs, arrange those outputs on the Global Surface, assign outputs to displays, and finally assign output masters to the outputs.
The Mixes tab can be arranged on the Global Surface similarly to outputs. Mixes are used to help position, crop, scale, and rotate content.
Within the Preferences tab, all of the server’s preferences can now be edited in the Mbox application itself (and in Mbox Remote). Those preferences can be compared between servers and easily copied from one to another.
Seen below are three independent outputs in window mode. Six layers are currently playing, one spread across the Global Surface and the other five assigned to Mixes.
The same three outputs and highlights have the ability to have independent control over color, brightness, contrast, keystone, and shuttering for each output.
NEW capability of the Mbox Remote application to monitor Mixes.
Revised Pixel Mapping interface in Mbox Remote. As in previous versions of Mbox, pixel mapping Contexts can use the Global Surface as their source.
The pixel mapping in Mbox Remote shows that Contexts can also use Layers as a source - instead of the Global Surface.
The pixel mapping in Mbox Remote shows that Contexts can also use Mixes as a source.
Mbox v4 is available for download here!
License keys can be purchased from your local PRG office.
Updated Mbox hardware, running the Mbox Designer v4 software, is available for rental.
PRG is announcing the appointment of Joseph T. Cirillo as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Cirillo will oversee all of the company's financial affairs and work closely withJere Harris and the other members of PRG's Senior Leadership Team directing the company's strategic growth and assisting in the Company's capital market transactions.
Prior to joining PRG, Cirillo was Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Blyth, Inc., a multi-national consumer products company, where he was instrumental in the company’s growth and managed a variety of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and IPOs. Previously he held the role of Vice President, Reporting & Planning at Blyth, Inc.
“Joe comes with a strong finance and M&A background,” comments Jeremiah J. Harris, Chairman and CEO of PRG. “His experience with a multi-product, multi-national company will be an excellent fit for PRG. Joe will bring good experience and a fresh perspective to the team. We ran an exhaustive search process to find the right person to fill this important role and I am confident we have found that person.”
Cirillo also sees the connection between his career background and his work now at PRG. “I have extensive experience working with multi-national companies both at the corporate and operational levels, and I look forward to working with PRG to help address the exciting challenges of this rapidly expanding global business.”
He sees his role as CFO for PRG to include strengthening and growing PRG’s business. “Today’s CFO has quite logically evolved into much more than a number crunching, analytical assignment. It’s about rolling up your sleeves and carefully listening, partnering and collaborating with all disciplines within the organization to yield real value-added benefits -- better plans, better decisions and increased profits. And that's exactly what Jere and PRG want and something I intend to deliver”.
A graduate of Fordham University, Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and resides in New York where he has lived and worked throughout his career. He will be based out of PRG’s New Windsor, NY office. When not at work, he can be found running, mountain biking and spending time with his family.
Event Safety Alliance, a nonprofit safety trade organization serving the needs of the live event industry, is delighted to welcome Production Resource Group (PRG) to our family of sponsors. The world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, PRG, is affirming their commitment to ensuring safe events worldwide through their premier, diamond-level sponsorship of the ESA.
“We’re thrilled and humbled by PRG’s generous support of the mission, “stated ESA founder and Chairman Jim Digby. “Safety has been a key priority throughout all segments of PRG’s operations, and their support of the ESA is yet another testament to that fact. PRG's sponsorship will help the ESA secure vital resources needed to continue expanding our training initiatives, guidance development, and global outreach. Most importantly, PRG has stated their commitment to encouraging their employees to become involved in and uphold the values of the ESA throughout their professional lives.”
Bobby Allen, PRG Music Vice President of Special Events who has crafted safety plans for many complex events said, “Safety is of the utmost concern at the live events we support everyday around the world. We believe in the ESA’s mission to foster a culture of Life Safety First in our industry and we’re proud to sign on as a sponsor to assist the ESA in achieving their training and advocacy goals.
He continued, “Running a successful show starts with the safety and security of our people as well as those who will be attending. We’re excited to partner with the ESA and will do our part to ensure our employees’ involvement and training in their programs.”
PRG was proud to support the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards that were held at Bank United Center in Miami, Florida.
PRG XL Video provided the 5,375 square feet of LED technology with products including Unview 6mm floor modules, Absen 6mm, Pixled F-11, Pixled F-9L, ROE MC-18 Hybrid, and Barco FLX pixels.
The special Duets show was stage to a record setting 38 performers including Marc Anthony, Juan Gabriel, Don Omar, and Daddy Yankee. Almost everything on the stage was built custom to the needs of the scenic design team, including even removing tiles from their power supplies and frames to create a video driven light box for a set change.
PRG additionally supplied the lighting for the Red Carpet.
Special thanks to our team at Telemundo:
Abe DeJesus – VP of Production Services
Tony Mojena – Executive Producer
Alex Perrera – Scenic Designer
Pilar Lamadrid – VP Specials
And our PRG XL Video Team:
Aberaham Tilahun – XL Technical Director
Viktor Martinm – XL Project Manager
PRG had the privilege of providing production support for the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented by the George W. Bush Institute. The Symposium took place in Orlando where representatives from around the world gathered to discuss solutions to help returning servicemen and women overcome their invisible wounds and improve outcomes for their transition back to civilian life. For more information, including a complete video of the panel discussion from the event, please visit the official site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
PRG XL Video, event services and event technology specialist, will be present at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt and will be showcasing a broad program as well as various innovations. As in previous years, PRG will be located in the “Festhalle“ hall, which also hosts the PRG Live Entertainment Award on 4th April 2016, the evening before the exhibition officially opens.
For the first time, this year’s award ceremony will include acts from the entire German-speaking DACH region, consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The awards will be presented in front of 1300 guests during a “carbon neutral“ event.
For the duration of the Prolight + Sound the “Festhalle“ will be the exclusive presentation and showroom area for PRG XL Video and their cooperation partners. During this time, visitors can expect a show that will be even bigger then last year's event, including more than 1,000 light fixtures, video mapping, lasers, special effects, sound systems as well as kinetic solutions. The show will demonstrate the latest event technology in action. Visitors can also look forward to a backstage tour that includes a look at the equipment used for the PRG LEA award ceremony and also the 3D projections of the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis“ and a virtual warehouse tour, which is brought to live by ten projectors in the “Festhalle“.
At this year‘s Prolight + Sound PRG Video XL will also focus on presenting its wide service range. The division PRG Alliance will be present and inform visitors about the company’s global network. The PRG Subrental Portal division (http://subrental.prg.de/en) will also be attending. The portal aims to connect with suppliers, who would like to offer their equipment for rent to PRG. Also at the exhibition will be the newly launched PRG Crew Portal (http://crew.prg.de/en), an online portal that makes connecting and working with PRG easier.
There will be demonstrations of PRG’s Ground Control System and a range of technology innovations by SGM and EAW. The development division of PRG, PRG Projects, will present the latest custom-build LED and control technology products.
One of the highlights of this year‘s PRG XL Video attendance will be a used equipment sale hosted in a 3,000 sqm hall outside the exhibition grounds. More information about this event can be obtained at the ProShop information counter located in the “Festhalle“. A shuttle service to and from the hall will be provided.
In addition to PRG XL Video‘s services and equipment, several sponsors and partners will also be present with stands in the “Festhalle“. Please refer to our Prolight + Sound website for up to date information on our program at the exhibition.
PRG XL Video, event service and event technology specialist, has opened its new branch in Vienna, Austria. The new location allows for closer proximity to Austrian-based clients which include companies, agencies and institutions.
PRG XL Video in Austria will be managed by Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel. The experienced LED specialists join the company as directors of “Outdoor LED” and will be the main customer contact. Due to their extensive experience in the field of international sport, the main focus of the new branch will be Outdoor LED and sporting events.
The new branch allows Production Resource Group to be physically present in the Austrian market. “Austria is an attractive market for our company“ says Carsten Zwerg, member of the board at PRG, “With Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel we have found two very knowledgable specialists who complete the Austrian team and enable us to support our customers nationally and internationally. We are pleased to have them on board.“
Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel will be present at (the) PRG XL Video (area) in the “Festhalle“ at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the UK in late 2015 and PRG XL Video was asked to supply lighting, video and rigging for a special celebration event at London’s Wembley Stadium.
The show combined the best of British and Indian culture and included dancing displays, musical performances, and speeches from both Modi and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. To compliment the festivities, a team from PRG XL Video, working with Production Stage Manager, Trish McGlenaghan, Lighting & Production Designer, Mark Cunniffe, and Production Manager, Tim Hudson, specified all the lighting, rigging and video technology and employed their expert know-how and to ensure the production was a success.
Rigging for the event incorporated many different elements both on stage, and around the stadium, and included a Kinesys system on stage for the automation. The rigging team were led by Q Willis, with Yose Lawson and Jay Call leading the team. Call also performed the role of Kinesys operator on show day.
Luke Jackson was the lighting crew chief tasked with delivering Mark Cunniffe’s design, which used over 500 fixtures around the pitch and stage, including PRG’s own Bad Boy and Best Boy HP units, more than 100 Clay Paky Sharpys, 80 Clay Paky Mythos, and over 240 SGM P-5 LED lights which formed a brightly coloured border around the stage.
To create a multi-layer lighting effect, lighting was situated around the famous Wembley pitch, as well as on Level 3 all around the iconic venue. Spotlights were also situated on level 3, and for this PRG XL Video employed ten 4K Gladiators, and two 2K Troupers. Alongside Jackson, Alex Passmore and Dan Young were key operators on the lighting crew.
The company also worked with Chris Ewington to supply 26 of his innovative IPIX DB1 light sources, which were used to great effect below and alongside the main video screen onstage. These lighting units are LED based, enabling them to create colour-changing effects. The DB1s were controlled via Avolites Ai media servers supplied by PRG XL Video, who worked alongside Ewington to install the fixtures at the venue.
On stage, a large 16m wide x 7 m high LED screen formed from ROE MC-18 displayed playback graphics and content fed from PRG XL Video’s Catalyst media servers.
Either side of the main stage, two IMAG screens in portrait format made from ROE MC-7 took live footage from PRG XL’s Large Karrera PPU system which was directed by Jerry Rosenfield. The PPU was engineered by broadcast specialists Malcolm Whittall and Richard Burford.
Three Sony HXC-100 HD cameras and three Bradley robocams captured the footage, which was streamed live on YouTube for four hours, as well as live broadcast to audiences around the world. The video can be viewed in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyoQWOHDdak.
The LED screens were built and managed by crew boss Jolyon Oliver and Steven Grinceri.
Word on the Street
The Account Director for Lighting and Rigging was Yvonne Donnelly-Smith, with Project Management support from Bill Martin.
Donnelly-Smith commented: “The event was interesting and creatively challenging. Whilst the lead time was short, we were fortunate to work with an amazing production team headed up by Tim Hudson and Trish McClenaghan. As we supplied lighting, video and rigging together, it meant that we were able to deliver solutions on budget and in a timely and efficient manner.”
Production Manager, Tim Hudson said: “With such a short pre-production period, and the many challenges that came with this event, the combined package provided by PRG XL Video, not least the HODs, was essential in ensuring that nothing was overlooked. The attention to detail and high standards of professionalism, combined with a proactive and imaginative approach, and a commitment to finding practical solutions, was a very welcome contribution to both Mark Cunniffe and myself.”
Special Events Account Director, Steve Greetham looked after the video setup for the event. He comments:
“This was an interesting project in that it was a large scale international event with a very short lead time, and as such relied heavily on effective communication between all elements of the production.
“The client, Wembley Stadium, the production team, creatives and suppliers all collaborated to pull together a once in a lifetime event of the highest standards, and this enabled the combined abilities of PRG XL Video to be shown off to great advantage. The integration of the video, lighting and rigging elements was smooth, efficient, and very enjoyable to be involved in.”
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that it has closed its acquisition of assets from DigitalSound Production Services, Inc. (DPS). PRG will use these assets to strengthen and expand its inventory across a variety of its locations including its Los Angeles and PRG Paskal Lighting facilities.
Having filed for chapter 11 protection on Nov. 30, 2015, DPS immediately sought court approval to sell its assets. After a broad solicitation of offers from multiple production technology companies in a sale ordered by the Bankruptcy Court, PRG has successfully acquired the bulk of DPS’ lighting and film equipment assets. The purchase of DPS’ well maintained, quality equipment will enable PRG to fulfill its ever expanding client demand in the vibrant Los Angeles markets.
“Adding these assets to our inventory goes a long way to supporting our current clients as well as the increasing number of new customers who are learning about PRG and what we can do to address their production needs,” says Brian Edwards, CEO PRG North American Television. “Bringing on board this quantity of lighting products will give our customers greater access to fantastic technology. Plus these assets, including a large inventory of the Cineo Lighting HS Remote Phosphor luminaires, align well with our existing inventory - especially as we’ve been expanding our green screen capabilities with portable green screens.”
Evan Green, CEO PRG Film, looks forward to working with the DPS clients who are very familiar with this inventory. “I know that they will find PRG and PRG Paskal to be a tremendous resource. We have some of the best people in the industry along with an array of the best solutions and equipment.”
Across all market segments, PRG continues to add to its vast list of long-term clients, thanks to its well-earned reputation for quality and innovative support with a broad range of production technology solutions.
Award-Winning Composer, Bruce Aronson, Joins New York Facility
PRG POST, a subsidiary of Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) the world’s leading provider of production solutions for events and entertainment, announced today that they will now offer original music creation on site as Bruce Aronson, renowned composer for film and television, has joined their New York studio. Aronson is available to write and record original music during the post-production and production processes. PRG POST is a video post-production facility and production center based in Midtown Manhattan.
“It’s a major advantage to PRG POST’s clients that I am now located at a facility where last minute changes to music tracks can easily be made,” says Aronson. “It’s also tremendous gaining access to PRG POST’s leading-edge surround sound audio mixing suite. Clients already come to PRG for their post-production and production needs, making use of PRG’s state-of-the-art video editing rooms, color-grading rooms, and the 5.1 surround sound audio mixing suite. Now for the first time, they can enjoy the benefits of original music scoring at the same time and in the same place.”
According to one client, John Sands, Music Director at IMG and owner of Zero Point Productions, “Bruce is one of the most gifted composers and musicians. I have been producing main title themes and custom scoring with Bruce for 12 years, and he is a huge talent. PRG POST is lucky to have him on site and I am looking forward to the amazing work that will come from having both original music and leading post-production services in one place.”
Aronson brings passion and a lifetime of making music to every project. From earning his degree in classical composition to performing as a band leader and singer/songwriter on the Manhattan club circuit, Aronson brings his eclectic background to his work as a composer. An accomplished guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist, as well as a mad scientist-programmer, audio engineer, and producer, Aronson loves every aspect of creating music. His work can be heard all over network and cable TV, as well as in films and video games.
“Now we can offer original music services to our clients,” states Bob Barzyk, PRG POST’s Vice President of Post Production. “Productions that already come to us for our edit rooms, color, and mix services can now get the help they need with music composition all under one roof.” PRG POST’s Senior Video Content Producer, Chris Albert, adds, “We’re also ramping up our corporate, advertising, and marketing production business within the PRG family. Now the videos we produce can have original music that is specifically written for our clients and their projects.”
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.
As Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) continues to grow globally, the ability to strategically source and manage the global assets of the business becomes increasingly critical. To effectively guide PRG’s global asset strategy, the company today announced that Scott Hansen will be transitioning from his current role as Chief Financial Officer into the role as Chief Asset Officer. Since joining PRG in May 1997, Hansen has held a number of key executive positions at PRG and his work throughout his career at the company has kept him involved in both its financial and operational management.
In his new and expanded role as CAO, Hansen will be responsible for the global annual capital expenditure plan, and the development and implementation of strategic asset initiatives. Hansen has for some time been involved with the asset management of PRG, so this move helps to clarify and focus the roles of CFO and CAO. Hansen’s background and multi-layered understanding of PRG’s overall business goals uniquely qualify him to handle the vital role overseeing PRG’s asset strategy.
“Scott Hansen is a unique resource,” says Jeremiah J. Harris, Chairman and CEO of PRG, “As we continue to grow, the new CAO position is strategically critical to PRG. This role requires a wide range of skills to successfully manage every aspect of the asset lifecycle - from acquisition to optimization to disposition. This is especially challenging for a global organization such as PRG. The combination of Scott’s deep financial skills and breadth of operational experience makes him singularly qualified to direct our asset strategy. We are fortunate to have him on the team."
Hansen states, “As PRG continues to grow globally, our logistical operations and asset management will be critical to PRG’s ability continue to deliver exceptional customer service and financial success. It is essential to PRG that asset optimization be handled in a thoughtful and strategic manner. That means consistently assessing and carefully balancing purchasing decisions; ensuring asset allocation to the right locations and regions; while always considering the entire scope of our varied markets and industry usage cycles for asset deployment. That is one way PRG can leverage our global platform to drive growth and operational efficiency."
A large part of the role of CAO will include working with the many different PRG locations, which Hansen looks forward to. “I have enjoyed building relationships with all the general managers over the years and will continue to do so even more as CAO. I want to help the PRG GM’s strengthen their infrastructure to support depots. Our asset strategy needs to relentlessly evaluate the best approach for the company as far as asset purchasing, asset turnover and regional asset deployment while at the same time supporting the exceptional standard of customer satisfaction we provide to our clients on every job we do throughout the world."
Hansen plans to embrace the challenges and the opportunities presented him as he takes on the role of Chief Asset Officer at PRG. “I've been fortunate enough to be able to wear multiple hats along the way at PRG—many at the same time. Being CAO will be another great challenge for me. I believe in the vision of PRG; our goals for the future and most importantly, the positive impact PRG can have for our employees and clients. On a personal note, I thrive on my work at PRG, yet I also enjoy the simple life at home. I love spending time with my family. Along with my wife, I am very involved with my children, their sports and schooling and I just enjoy the day to day family chaos that comes with having 3 kids. The balance of hard work at PRG and great family at home is a good one that works well for me. I am excited that as CAO I can help PRG achieve continued success. This will be fun for me. I love the challenge of it."
PRG’s teams in UK and Spain recently collaborated on an exciting promotional project for the new Lexus NX crossover vehicle.
Working in conjunction with film and commercial production company, Minds Eye Media and London communications agency Freuds, for the ‘NX on track’ commercial short for Lexus Europe, PRG supplied some key visual elements for Lighting Designer Matthew Button.
Filming took place at the Marugan Aerodrome near Madrid and featured a giant musical stave created with lasers and lighting. Three Lexus NX crossover vehicles driven by professional stunt drivers were used to trigger the audio sensitive lighting cues, at the correct tempo, to synchronise with the Will.i.am track.
PRG supplied 160 Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, attached to 240 metres of trusses, suspended from 8 cranes above the runway. PRG also supplied 150 GLP Impression X4 bar 20 LED Battens to light either side of the track. A real challenge for the project was to provide a constant level of haze across the track and to accomplish this we deployed 26 Viper smoke machines each fitted with a 10 inch fan and over 600 metres of ducting.
PRG UK’s Mathew Ilott was the Account Manager for the project, working with production teams in Longbridge and Madrid to realize Button’s design. He commented:
“This was a fantastic project to be involved with and was a real PRG team effort. Starting with Paul Elkin’s AutoCad drawing, we approached PRG Madrid who, under the guidance of Xavier Theys and crew chief Aitor Beloqui, sourced and tested smoke machines, liaised with the crane company, and then for eight very long days installed and maintained the rig. Aitor also coped brilliantly with the challenge of maintaining an even level of smoke across the runway, despite the ever-changing wind direction.”
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.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of XL Video Group.
“Bringing XL Video into the PRG family profoundly enhances our ability to provide our clients with a comprehensive suite of products and services,” said Jeremiah “Jere” Harris, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group. “The true opportunity however, lies in bringing together the industry’s most passionate and committed people. Our shared values and technical expertise will allow the company to continue to innovate and grow in new and exciting ways.”
XL Video’s worldwide locations will now become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world. Project teams representing each geography, market, and function across the combined organization are currently working together to align and integrate operations to ensure continued excellence in customer service and support.
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