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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

Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com

Turkey: Phantom Event Engineering

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Production Resource Group Announces Plans to Acquire XL Video

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) today announced that it has agreed to acquire the XL Video Group, one of the largest providers of premier multi-market video services. PRG Chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Lucas Covers, the Group CEO of XL Video jointly made the announcement.

XL Video, founded in 1995, has established itself as leading video services supplier around the world. The company is a multi-award winning provider of creative video solutions for concert touring, corporate events, exhibitions, automotive, television, sports, and theatre. Like PRG, XL Video supports creative designers and producers with full technical support in putting together cutting-edge video solutions for some of the most innovative and aesthetically daring shows in the world.

For PRG’s worldwide clients, this acquisition expands their access to the wide range of creative video technology and services that they already enjoy. They can continue to be confident in the quality of product, production expertise, and professionalism when further integrating video into their productions and events.

“By combining XL Video with PRG, we are creating a tremendously valuable resource for event and entertainment producers anywhere in the world”, said PRG’s Harris. “The integrated company will be able to offer an exceptional breadth of production technologies and depth of industry expertise.”

Upon completion, XL Video’s worldwide locations will become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world.

“As XL Video, we have worked on some of the largest and highest profile concert tours, television shows, automotive and corporate events around the globe,” commented Covers. “We have established a client base that has become more sophisticated in their expectations of the standard of video production. As part of PRG, we will continue to exceed their expectations and raise the bar on video production.”

Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer, concluded, “PRG and XL Video are extremely well positioned to provide a multi-disciplined, integrated solution. Making the XL Video team part of the PRG family, will be extremely beneficial to our clients and this has been our top priority from the start.”

The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter subject to customary closing conditions.

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The Marvel Experience

Hero Ventures, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, relied on PRG to provide the technical and production elements for The Marvel Experience, an epic-scale, immersive adventure experience in which guests step into and interact with the world of Marvel’s Super Heroes and Super Villains. The Marvel Experience was a fully immersive guest environment experience that included 3D 360˚ video projection, first-person ‘live’ interactive gaming and a dynamic 4D motion ride.  A complex control network was required to integrate all of the technical aspects of the production which brought  everything together under multiple domes. The entire touring complex covered over 160,000 square feet and featured seven interlocked, air-inflated Domes, with the largest towering over six stories high. Take a look inside this comic book universe and see how the Avengers complex was assembled by PRG.

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At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla. Airbus Helicopters unveiled the twin-engined H160. To ensure that the reveal of this innovative new 5.5-6-ton-class rotorcraft’s nose-to-tail breakthroughs in design and systems took center stage an enormous 60’ hi-resolution LED screen lifted up and a full surround kabuki drop was employed by PRG. Working closely with the creative team from Skyline Sector 5, PRG provided the gear and team to realize the impactful design. Watch the show- stopping reveal and see the beautiful H160.

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Duke Dumont at Coachella 2015

British DJ and Producer, Duke Dumont performed on two Saturday nights at this year’s Coachella festival and PRG was with him all the way from rehearsals through his shows in the Sahara Tent. Production Designer Alex Reardon worked closely with PRG Account Executive Julian Edwards as PRG supplied the lighting and crew in addition to having Dumont rehearse his show at the PRG Los Angeles location prior to loading out to Coachella.

Reardon gives credit to some of his fellow collaborators on this project. “Seth Robinson programmed the living daylights out of it using his proprietary MIDI Ableton rig,” he comments. “Seth programmed 18,000 lx cues in six days! All without breaking a sweat! Roger Staub of Infect Productions provided the video content; he is a masterful fellow. Bill Rahmy was our Production Manager. I also worked with Doug DeBusschere of Total Productions who built the three stations – keyboards, main, and drums; including all of the recessed LED work. In addition to providing us with space to put it all together, program, and rehearse, Julian and provided the lighting, crew, and wrangling that we needed. It was a perfect collaboration of artist, management, vendors, and designers. What an extraordinary evening!”

Edwards worked closely with Head of Global Touring, Three Six Zero Group, Paul Macrae on bringing this production to life. Mark Coleman was the PRG Nocturne Account Executive on the video side for this production. The Lighting Director/Operator was Jason DeBoer; the two PRG Mbox media servers were handled by Mike Hanson; and the crew was headed up by Lighting Crew Chief Nigel Monk and Assistant Crew Chief Wyatt Bartell.

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For the 4th year in a row PRG partnered with Helicopter Association International for Heli­-Expo 2015. An association that always wants to bring the best that they can to their membership and are also budget conscious on behalf of their exhibitors. They were looking for a partner that could grow with them and PRG has been able to do that with them over the years. PRG provides not only exhibitor production services but also supports the association’s show management with digital signage, registration computers, way-finding solutions, production support for meetings and award presentations.

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Fujinon XA99x Lens

Exclusive Fujinon Customer, Production Resource Group, Adds 58 Lenses to Arsenal for High-end IMAG Production

Customer support, long zoom ratio and image stabilization reasons behind premier live event video company’s brand loyalty

As part of the company’s overall expansion of video touring production services, Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) recently purchased 58 additional FUJINON lenses for use on its newly acquired Grass Valley LDX80 Première cameras. PRG Nocturne, the largest non-broadcasting purchaser of FUJINON lenses, has selected only FUJINON lenses since the company’s inception in 1981. They have over 200 FUJINON 2/3-inch field lenses, HD ENG-style, and 2/3-inch HD robotic camera lenses in their extensive inventory.

As part of PRG’s recent acquisition of over $50 million in new equipment for PRG Nocturne, part of its recently rebranded PRG Music Group, the company placed orders for 21 FUJINON XA99X8.4BESM ultra-wide field production lenses, 27 ZA17x7.6 BERM ENG-Style lenses, and 10 ZA12x4.5BERM wide-angle remote control lenses to service its continually expanding touring production business. PRG Music Group focuses on providing integrated video and lighting solutions for worldwide tours, festivals, concerts, and corporate events.

Mickey Curbishley, CEO of the PRG Music Group, stated, "We’re making this initial investment of over $50 million in new, state-of-the-art video technology to ensure that PRG clients in the concert touring, film, TV, and corporate events markets will continue to have access to the finest equipment available. We are pleased to include a significant purchase of FUJINON lenses in that investment and are proud to have such an excellent working relationship with FUJINON. This ongoing relationship is an important part of why we are able to offer excellent images to our clients.”

According to David Lemmink, General Manager and Director of Engineering of PRG Nocturne, the customer support they’ve enjoyed along with the FUJINON’s state-of-the-art optics have kept PRG Nocturne confident they are offering their clients the highest quality imaging technology available: “Fujifilm produces the most exceptional products in the industry, but they also provide unparalleled support. When we’re on a global tour with the biggest acts around, from Bon Jovi to The Rolling Stones, to Paul McCartney, they can’t stop in the middle of a show and neither can we. FUJINON has never failed to satisfy our desire to provide the best video imagery for the biggest names in entertainment.”

Several PRG executives singled out their sales contact, Chuck Lee, Technology Manager, for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, as someone who provides them with unmatched customer support and ensures they’re always able to perform at the highest level. “Throughout our long history with Fujifilm, Chuck’s always been there for us, making sure the lenses are performing exceptionally and putting forth the extra effort it takes to see that our clients receive the best possible video imaging from us,” said Lemmink. “His above-and-beyond care about what we do and the quality of our work and FUJINON’s superior lens technology are two of the biggest factors in maintaining our long-term, exclusive relationship.”

Having invented IMAG (Image Magnification) for concert touring over 30 years ago when working with the band Journey, PRG Nocturne knows how to deliver a great IMAG experience for touring musical acts and corporate events. The long zoom range and rock solid image stabilization features of FUJINON lenses are critical in producing pristine IMAG video for live events. “Our FUJINON lenses allow us to show the audience an up close and personal view from any seat in the arena or stadium,” continued Lemmink. “I personally believe the combination of Grass Valley cameras with FUJINON lenses represents the best in the industry. It gives us superior imaging combined with top-of-the-line lens technology.”

The newly purchased FUJINON lenses will be part of PRG Nocturne’s 10 new HD Flypacks equipped with Grass Valley LDX Première advanced imaging cameras and Karrera K-Frame S-series switchers. The next XA99X8.4BESM ultra-wide lenses will be delivered at the end of April, in time for U2’s next tour that begins in May in Vancouver. PRG will have a total of four XA99x’s on the upcoming U2 worldwide tour.

PRG Nocturne’s HD Flypacks have been used so far for video projection and production duties for The Rolling Stones, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, the Eagles, The Script, and many other major tours.

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Banks performs on Letterman in Lighted Mirror Box by PRG

R&B Artist Banks Performs on Letterman

For her Late Show with David Letterman appearance last week, Banks, an R&B singer, who performed "Beggin for Thread" stood inside a two-way mirror box built by PRG. Designed by Rob Sinclair, with production management by Brian Cross at Monotone, Inc., the mirror box was the eye-catching centerpiece of her performance, even getting host David Letterman to comment that it "was beautiful." Jump to 2:53 in the stunning performance video to see the real magic.

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Football Fan Central

National College Football Championship Fan Central

Fan Central was a hub of activity for fans of both Ohio State and the University of Oregon. Covering over 500,000 square feet at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center there were interactive experiences, sponsor booths, meet-and-greets with current and former players. There was even a regulation 100-yard football field that was the site of clinics, pep rallies, national Media Day, and more. PRG provided eight video projectors and screens around the Fan Central space to project both video and audio content as well as sponsor information. PRG also provided automated and conventional lighting to highlight the sponsors and displays around the massive convention center space. The conventional lighting was used for highlighting displays while the automated lighting was used to create excitement as well as to project the two school’s team colors across the fans. Integral to all of the lighting and video equipment were two truss spines, each over 400′ long, to provide hanging positions and to carry the over 2,400′ of fiber optic cables connecting the space, which covered 3 convention halls.

The football field, which hosted fan ‘receiver for a day’ activities and youth football clinics, was converted into the Media Day venue by PRG. The two teams took turns meeting with national media on the 100-yard field. PRG created five interview booths for the coach and four key players with truss, a remote controlled camera as well as integral audio and video feeds. Reporters gathered in front of the interview booths to ask questions and take photos. PRG technicians took the video feed and sent the imagery up to three projectors that were seamlessly blended on a 10-foot high by 50-foot wide projection screen. Each player and coach had their images enlarged for the fans in the bleachers and the PRG audio technicians had five isolated audio feeds so the fans could tune into the channel assignment for each player. PRG also lit the field for the crush of media interviewing the entire team and coaching staff on the field. ESPN and the Big 10 network also broadcast live from the event.

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Pac-Man Commercial Build

Pac-Man Commercial Build

PRG was pleased to work once again on the Bud Light Up for Whatever campaign, this time to create something memorable for its Super Bowl ad, a human-sized Pac-Man. They turned to PRG and Hargrove, Inc to bring the concept to life. PRG handled the lighting, audio, and video portions as well as site coordination and permitting and Hargrove provided the scenic design and art direction for the project. The Pac-Man maze for the ad was 76-feet deep by 85-feet wide and was built on a parking lot in downtown Los Angeles for the two day commercial shoot.

For the dots in the maze, LD Steve Richards employed 250 Martin Professional LED Rush PARs that would shoot straight up through holes and Plexiglas embedded in the deck. Using a tracking system, the dots would be turned off as the Pac-Man ran over the top of them. In the center of the game a panel of 7mm video modules under Plexiglas was used for the cherry that the Pac-Man would target to gain the upper hand over the ghosts that chase him through the maze.

Richards created for truss positions at 20-feet high at the four corners of the game maze for his key and backlighting positions with 24 PRG Best Boy Spots 24 Robe Pointe luminaires. On the ground below and mounted level with the top of maze, he used 36 PRG Bad Boy Spots along with 36 Pointes. These positions gave clear shots across the maze to highlight the Pac-Man as he negotiated the maze and depending on the camera shot could act as key or backlighting as necessary. The lights could also wash the surrounding buildings with pattern washes and aerial beam effects over the top of the maze. The lighting was all networked via the PRG Series 400 Power and Data distribution system. The lighting control was via a MA Lighting grandMA2 console that were programmed by Matthew Shimamoto. Video control was handled via a PRG Mbox media server controlled via a PRG V476 console.

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Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

It takes a lot of planning and hundreds of people to bring the Hawaiian tapings of Wheel of Fortune to life. Check out how the production elements came together for the Hawaii shows that are airing this week. Whenever the show goes on the road for remote shoots, they turn to PRG for the lighting, audio, and rigging.

PRG has been supporting the location shoots for Wheel of Fortune since 1994 and have done nearly 100 remote productions for the show. This particular Hawaiian shoot took place in September 2014, with the equipment prepped and loaded in containers at the PRG Orlando shop. Those containers were then shipped via train to Long Beach, CA where they were loaded onto a container ship to Hawaii. After arriving in Oahu, the equipment containers were put on barges to the big island. The production elements are extensive; especially since the Hawaii production is all shot outdoors where we have to consider the weather and location as we build a studio in the scenic locale.

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Grand Canyon Experience

Grand Canyon Experience

PRG was onsite in Phoenix, Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX to support a range of events and activities leading up to the big game, including one of the most ambitious of undertakings – bringing the Grand Canyon to downtown. Super Bowl Central was the epicenter of fan activity in Phoenix and the Grand Canyon Experience was the marquee attraction. Built to replicate a specific climbing section of the canyon, fans had fun scaling the walls alongside the cooling waterfall, while an incorporated LED video screen showed all the Super Bowl coverage. VP of PRG Services, Orestes Mihaly headed up the project and takes us on a behind the scenes tour of the build.

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Queen and Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert

For the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, PRG worked with design firm Stufish and designer Ric Lipson to create the scenic and staging elements. The design for the show included an enormous metal letter “Q” at the back of the stage that framed the video screen. The Q was fully automated by PRG Scenic to take “a bow” at one point in the show. The scenic elements were all designed to cleverly store in stage carts for easy transport via truck, but then are able to pivot out of the cart and be easily flown into place for quick assembly and dis-assembly. PRG also created an LED tube solution that resembled neon which outlines the Q and the other gold-painted scenic elements.

One of the touches that Production Manager Joe Sanchez really appreciated was the PRG Rolling Deck, which allowed his crew to assemble at the other end of the arena while rigging, video, lighting, and scenic elements were put into place. The PRG Rolling Deck is a work smarter solution that allows for quick and efficient assembly, which then can be rolled into place allowing all the production team to at the same time. The PRG scenic solutions included the main stage, runway, and B-stage as well.

At the top of the show, Lipson and his team worked with PRG to realize their design of a large Kabuki drop with a snifter from PRG to pull the falling drape away into the Q in a matter of seconds for a fast reveal of the legendary band.

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Ram Rebel Reveal

Ram Rebel revealed at the 2015 NAIAS

Check out this video of the 2015 Ram Rebel reveal at the North American International Auto Show. PRG was on hand to support with audio, video and automation solutions to help realize the vision of producer Laura Leigh and design by O2 Creative Solutions. While lifting and timing such a heavy load in the confined space of Detroit’s Cobo Center was no easy challenge, we were able to provide a seamless solution by cueing the smart variable speed chain hoists, automated LED video screens, and turntable through our Stage Command System.

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Britain's National Television Awards

Live from London’s O2 the National Television Awards, produced by Indigo Television, is among Britain’s leading award programs. PRG was pleased to support LD Dave Davey and supplied the lighting package for the second consecutive year.

For this year’s National Television Awards, PRG was pleased to once again support Dave Davey, one of British television most prolific lighting designers. PRG, who has worked with Davey on a number of high profile TV shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, and The Royal Variety Performance, supplied a crew and lighting package for this year’s NTA production.

PRG originally became involved with the NTAs during the mid-’90s when the event was in its infancy and started working with Davey in 2014 when he was approached by Indigo Television to light the show for the first time.

The PRG lighting package included 17 PRG Best Boy Wash and Spot luminaires, 24 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700 automated ACLs, 52 Clay Paky Sharpys, 25 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots, 53 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Washes, eight GLP impression 120 RZ automated LED wash lights, and six Lycian M2 2.5kW followspots.

Lighting control was operated by programmers Bill Peachment and John Ford. The rig for this show was split between the stage and audience lighting, which was controlled on one of the consoles, while the effects and media servers were controlled on the other. Dave Hallett headed up the lighting crew and PRG’s account manager for this project was Kelly Cornfield.

PRG also handled lighting for the red carpet at the VIP entrance. This was the domain of Gordon Torrington and Sam Healey who used 80 PARs to provide an even wash all along the carpet with color correction to balance for the TV crews and photographers. SGM P5 LED floods were used by the designers to add a some color to the exterior of The O2.

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Longines LA Masters

The Longines Los Angeles Masters Grand Slam

The American leg of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor was held in Los Angeles, bringing together elite show jumping horses and luxury lifestyle entertainment. During the four-day event, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, guests got to experience world-class sporting competition, combined with a prestigious social event. PRG, working closely with creator and producer EEM World, provided all of the crew, lighting, audio, and video requirement as well as all of the technical and logistic coordination for this event. We provided 154,000 watts of sports lighting that included the PRG Best Boy Wash; over a mile of truss; 14 miles of power and data cable; 165 chain motors; and 23 trucks of equipment. This first American Masters Grand Slam Indoor stop on the circuit was a great success.

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Collaboration Between Grass Valley and PRG Continues on the Latest Tour-ready Video Systems from PRG Nocturne

Collaboration Between Grass Valley and PRG Continues on the Latest Tour-ready Video Systems from PRG Nocturne

New York and Montreal—March 3, 2015—Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, a leading producer of broadcast video equipment today announced that they have extended their long-term collaboration with the integration of Grass Valley’s newly introduced Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher and LDX Première advanced imaging cameras into PRG Nocturne’s latest live event video production systems.

“PRG Nocturne has utilized Grass Valley gear from its inception and has wholeheartedly embraced the Grass Valley product line,” says David Lemmink, General Manager and Director of Engineering of PRG Nocturne. “We designed our new integrated video platform for live-event production with substantial input from our clients. It was clear we needed to deliver a true tour-ready broadcast-quality solution. Grass Valley was there once again to provide several of the essential elements we required – including their new K-Frame-based Karrera S-series switchers and LDX Première cameras.”

“Clearly, PRG Nocturne is one of the leaders in live-event video productions and we are proud of their continuing our collaboration,” said Stephen Stubelt, Vice-President of North American Sales, Grass Valley. “Just as they take feedback from their end-users, we take the input from PRG Nocturne’s engineers and technicians to deliver products that help them better support the artists they work with on a daily basis. It really is a very direct working relationship that reflects our interest in addressing the needs of the end-users.”

With the recent acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions and its integration into the PRG Nocturne and the PRG Music Group, PRG is making this initial investment of video equipment to better support their clients. This investment will focus on providing the live event industry with the latest video technology that ensures that PRG clients will continue to be the best equipped in the industry.

Mickey Curbishley, CEO of PRG Concert Touring, states, “We’re making an initial investment of over $50 million in new, state-of-the-art video technology systems that will be based in our facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. PRG Nocturne clients in the concert touring, film, TV, corporate events, and permanent installation sectors will have access to the finest equipment available. We are especially proud to have such an excellent working relationship with Grass Valley. Because of this relationship, we are able to offer solutions that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of our clients and are unmatched by anyone, anywhere.”

PRG Nocturne has packaged these new systems into smartly packaged, ruggedized tour-ready video flypacks. “I have been refining our flypack designs for the past 30 years,” states Lemmink. “We understand the real world road needs of our clients and we, I believe, have put that expertise into our newest HD flypacks. We’re giving video directors and engineers the utmost in control in the smallest, most rugged, industry-leading touring package.”

PRG Nocturne clients are already recognizing the new PRG Nocturne system. Johnny Hayes, Video Director for Maroon 5, is taking one of the very first PRG Nocturne HD flypacks out on the road. “This system is great; PRG Nocturne really took their own road experience and coupled it with a lot of ideas and concepts that go to what the crews on the road need to properly do their jobs,” says Hayes. “It’s a well-thought through system that will save us time and labor as well as standardizes video control systems. I see these systems having a long-life on the road.”

Grass Valley’s Karrera K-Frame S-series Switcher and LDX Première cameras an integral part of PRG’s industry-leading live event video production system

The Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher features a new compact frame, new controller module with Image Store still/movie storage and dual multiviewers, and the new triple mix/effects (M/E) module. The S-series provides outstanding operational efficiency and performance due to scalability, processing power, and flexibility. It features all the processing capabilities to improve production values as any Grass Valley switcher based on the K-Frame video engine. In addition, the Karrera K-Frame S-series offers multiformat support, including 1080p and 4K/UHD, with no change in hardware or software.

The LDX Première can switch between 1080i and 720p, and offers a very powerful feature set including the Contour Equalizer, which allows for tweaking the crispness in the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights independently— offering the possibility to better adapt the contour enhancements to specific customer requirements.

Bryan Venhorst, Chief Engineer, PRG Nocturne adds, “Grass Valley gear performs great even under the most demanding environments and offers us a true broadcast solution for our clients. It’s always been our goal to provide our high-profile clients with the most dependable and reliable gear packaged with experienced crews and 24/7 support.”

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Formation of the PRG Music Group Announced

The Music Group Team will be supported with a $50M investment in new video equipment

New York, NY—February 19, 2015—Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that it is combining several business units to create the PRG Music Group. This new division will be under the leadership of Mickey Curbishley, CEO PRG Music, and will focus on providing integrated video and lighting solutions for tours, festivals, and concert events around the world.

“We are bringing together leading industry veterans, technology experts, and the operational know-how of PRG Concert Touring, PRG Nocturne, and Chaos Visual Productions into a single integrated organization,” says Curbishley. “The PRG Music Group is and will be the ‘go-to’ production resource for our clients. The goal is simple—we want to make it as easy as possible to do business with PRG.”

In addition to integrating the three teams, PRG is making an immediate investment in the latest video technology to ensure that PRG clients are the best equipped in the industry. “We are investing over $50 million in new gear”, continues Curbishley. “We are pairing new equipment with our newly combined team to better serve our clients. We have some of the top talent in the business and by combining these three teams into one group we are now stronger than the sum of our parts.”

Bob Brigham, President of PRG Nocturne states, “We are making a major investment in new, state-of-the-art video technology, including HD flypacks and cameras that integrate the latest technology from Grass Valley, Ross Video, and Fujinon; additional PRG Nocturne LED video modules and our proprietary LED processing. These systems will be based in our facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. PRG clients in the concert touring, film, TV, and corporate events will see a remarkable leap forward with these PRG Nocturne HD systems.”

John Wiseman, Senior Vice President of PRG Nocturne, agrees that the new HD systems extend PRG Nocturne’s industry leadership. “For years, PRG Nocturne has defined the state-of-the-art for video technology in our industry having supported acts like Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, KISS, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, and many others. The new HD systems along with our new V-12 LED video modules, new line of V Series video processors, additional V-Thru transparent LED video panels, and the exceptional service delivered by our talented staff establish a new standard for the markets we serve.”

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In Memoriam - Joseph P. Harris

In Memoriam Joseph P Harris

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of PRG Board Member and award-winning theatrical producer, Joseph P. Harris.

Production Resource Group (PRG) respectfully marks the passing of Joseph P. Harris, an award winning theatrical producer and general manager, who has been associated with over 200 Broadway productions. Mr. Harris died peacefully at home in Greenwich, CT on Wednesday. He was 87 years old.

During his 54 years on Broadway, Mr. Harris served as a producer, general manager and initially an assistant general manager of both plays and musicals.

Mr. Harris was born in Manhattan on July 2, 1927 and moved to Queens during his childhood. He graduated from Forest Hills High School and was drafted into the Army.

After returning home from serving as part of the occupation forces under General MacArthur in Japan, he started his theatrical career as the Assistant General Manager onFinian’s Rainbow, in 1948, working alongside his father, the general manager, Charles Harris.

During his career Mr. Harris crossed paths with many artists, including the legendary Bob Fosse, producing Fosse’s Chicago and the revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen. Sweet Charity brought him the first of his three Tony Awards, the 1986 Tony for Best Reproduction of a Musical.

“He is a loss to the industry and to anyone who knew him.” said Dick Wolff, former President of Jujamcyn Theatres. “Joe Harris was one of the nicest, smartest, fairest theatrical personalities I met in my time. We had many good times and laughs together.”

He was the company manager of the 1951 musical, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, starring Shirley Booth, and his first general manager credit was for the 1952 revival of Golden Boy, starring Lee J. Cobb and Jack Klugman.

Throughout the 1950’s Mr. Harris was the General Manager for numerous shows including the musicals Can-Can and Silk Stockings, both with music and lyrics by Cole Porter; Li’l Abner, directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd, with music by Gene de Paul and lyrics by Johnny Mercer; and The Most Happy Fella with book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. Straight plays he general managed during this time included Two For the Seesaw with Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft, and The Miracle Worker, again with Anne Bancroft and a young Patty Duke.

Mr. Harris was an early member of The Broadway Show League, playing softball weekly in Central Park for years against other Broadway show teams. His son Joseph recalls being at the games as a youngster, and being entertained by Lucille Ball, the star of Wildcat at the Alvin Theatre, while his father played third base for the Wildcat team on the field.

Wait Until Dark, in 1966, signaled the beginning of a prosperous two-decade collaboration with Ira Bernstein. Shows under their management tutelage include: Pippin, The Apple Tree, 1776, The Norman Conquests trilogy, The Act, and Sophisticated Ladies.

In 1968, Mr. Bernstein and Mr. Harris began producing shows, their first venture being Golden Rainbow starring Eydie Gorme and Steve Lawrence, which ran for 383 performances. Other successful producing credits for Mr. Harris & Mr. Bernstein included Bob Fosse’s Chicago, On the Twentieth Century and The 1940’s Radio Hour. On the Twentieth Century received a Tony nomination for Best Musical in 1978, and The 1940’s Radio Hour was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical in 1980. In 1980, they also produced The Roast, directed by Carl Reiner, written by Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall, and starring Peter Boyle and Rob Reiner.

He was involved with many celebrated hit shows during his tenure on Broadway. In his role as general manager, Mr. Harris helped launch the musicals Mame starring Angela Lansbury, directed by Gene Saks; the original Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Gwen Verdon; Sophisticated Ladies with Gregory Hines and Judith Jamison; and My One and Only with Tommy Tune and Twiggy. Successful plays include Noises Off; Glengarry Glen Ross; Pygmalion with Peter O’Toole and Amanda Plummer; andThe Merchant of Venice with Dustin Hoffman. M. Butterfly, with John Lithgow and B. D. Wong ran for 777 performances and garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Tony Award for Best Play.

In the later years of his career, Mr. Harris produced a number of Irish plays with his cherished friend, Noel Pearson. Foremost among them is Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, which won Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play. Other Friel plays Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson produced on Broadway are Translations and Wonderful Tennessee.

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 1993, was another of the Irish playwrights produced by Mr. Harris and Mr. Pearson in the 1990’s. Their final production together, a revival of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, won Mr. Harris his third Tony Award, for Best Revival of a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play Revival in 1994.

One of Mr. Harris’s fondest roles was as a mentor to those coming up in the industry. Many current theatrical professionals received their start on his shows and remember him warmly. “Joe was very much a second father to me, said Frank Scardino, Executive Director of the Johnny Mercer Foundation and a theatrical producer/general manager. “In a significant way, he was instrumental in the direction and success of my career. We remained close for 40 years.”

In addition to having been a member and serving on the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, Mr. Harris was the first Chairman of the Board of the Directors of the Johnny Mercer Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors for Production Resource Group and was a long-time member of the Shubert Alley Irregulars.

Mr. Harris was a student of song lyrics and knew hundreds of them by heart. Late night sing-a-longs in the lounge at the Pierre Hotel proved his prowess among challengers and he often gave the piano players a run for their money in trying to remember tunes that Mr. Harris easily had in his arsenal. Family members fondly remember his always singing snatches of songs and talking about the beauty of a Johnny Mercer lyric or the humor in one by Cole Porter.

When the NY Giants (baseball) moved west to San Francisco in 1958, Mr. Harris’s loyalty survived a 3-hour time difference to continue rooting for his team. With the advent of cable and sports TV, Mr. Harris could be found watching west coast Giants games late into the night. One of his final joys was seeing them win the World Series this past October.

Mr. Harris would say that his finest and longest lasting collaboration during his time in the theatre was with Geraldine Delaney, a Broadway dancer, who was introduced to him while she was performing out of town in the original Guys and Dolls as a Hot Box Girl. They were married in December 1953, during a holiday break of Wonderful Town, in which she was appearing, and spent the next 39 years together, raising a family in Pomona, NY. Geraldine passed away in 1992.

He is also preceded in death by his mother and father, Jenny and Charles Harris; his brother, Charles; and sister, Jane. He is survived by his children: Jeremiah, James & Katharine, Joseph & Katherine, and Jennifer Mary; and 6 grandchildren: Robert, John, Mary Kate, Joseph, Elizabeth and Delaney.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Actors Fund of America, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor, NY, NY 10019 or Special Olympics New York, Attn: Donations, 504 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304

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1/6/2015 Press Release

PRG Announces Acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions

Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced the acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions. Headquartered in Burbank, CA, with an office in Bedfordshire, U.K., Chaos provides full service video production for live events. Both PRG and Chaos have built a solid reputation in the industry for combining innovative technology with an international team of highly experienced industry professionals.

“Chaos Visual Productions will be joining forces with PRG Nocturne,” says Mickey Curbishley, CEO, PRG Concert Touring. “It is very exciting to consider the creative and technical solutions that will result from this acquisition which brings together the world’s two most innovative touring video companies. It also creates a single team of the most respected; experienced; and talented minds working in video production today. PRG Nocturne and Chaos, under PRG’s one roof, will create a powerful production resource for our clients in the music industry.”

Through this acquisition, PRG increases their industry leading expert production talent pool with the addition of industry veterans John Wiseman, Nick Jackson, Marty Wickman, and Valdis Dauksts, who will work alongside Bob Brigham and Ron Proesel of PRG Nocturne under the leadership of Curbishley.

Chaos clients will benefit from PRG’s global, multi-disciplined, and integrated platform of lighting, scenic, audio, video, and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of the music industry. “This is a great move for our people and our clients,” comments John Wiseman, President and CEO of Chaos. “I anticipate we will work successfully and creatively together. The opportunity to work with PRG allows us to be part of the best team in the industry and deliver outstanding results for our clients on a global scale.”

Curbishley concludes, “The addition of Chaos Visual Productions into PRG will further strengthen our continued growth and reinforces our commitment to artists, designers, and production managers. We are very pleased to welcome the Chaos team to PRG.”

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