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Festival of Lights Berlin 2019
25/10/2019

Spectacular video mapping at the Festival of Lights 2019

It is when, after sunset, striking landmarks and well-known buildings in the capital are illuminated by artistic projections, and enthusiastic visitors move from one work of art to another through the streets of Berlin, that you know that the impressive "Festival of Lights" is taking place again. This year, about 100 locations were highlighted. For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the motto was "Lights of Freedom". The event was held from the 11th till 20th of October, for the 15th time,  and it was once again a great success! Around three million people came to Berlin to marvel at the spectacular open-air gallery. 

PRG was one of the technology partners and was commissioned to install media and projection technology at eight different locations, including the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin TV Tower. Over 40 projectors from PRG were in action. Panasonic DPL laser projectors PT-RZ31 K were installed at the Brandenburg Gate. These high-performance projectors have a brightness of 30k ANSI lumens. Marin Petkov, Visual Effects Supervisor of the Festival of Lights, is enthusiastic about the image quality: "Thanks to these high-quality beamers, the show at the Brandenburg Gate is spectacular. These powerful projectors are also in use at the Berlin TV Tower - and the visuals are simply awesome!

 

For the Berlin TV Tower, the projection was realized by means of projectors used in “Portrait mode” to realize the video-mapping for such a height. The buildings and institutions were equipped with projections daily from 7pm till midnight. It took one week to set it all up with a crew of eight people. Due to the darkness required, the video mapping was set up and programmed in the evening and at night. In addition to the Berlin TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate, the PRG team installed video technology at the James-Simon-Gallery, the Ministry of Finance, the Museum of Natural History, the Humboldt Forum, the Shopping-Center Jahndorf and the Marstall building. PRG also partly installed the audio technology.

PRG Account Manager Gerd Helinski and his team had already provided the customer with detailed advice and a technical detailed planning in advance. 
Birgit Zander, initiator of the "Festival of Lights", is very satisfied with the smooth cooperation: "In the projections and shows, it was important to note that every building, every facade, every stone, every angle is different. And having a competent partner with whom you can plan things, who can advise you and make suggestions is extremely important for us - and Gerd Helinski's and his team really gave us excellent advice in this regard.”

 

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22/10/2019

PRG convinces at DMEXCO 2019 with a stage-ready performance

On September 11th and 12th the DMEXCO took place in Cologne. DMEXCO is a mixture of conference,trade fair and which includes booth for Digital Marketing, Expo and Conference. Around 41,000 visitors attended the fair, where about 1 000 exhibitors presented themselves. Following this years motto of DMEXCO being "Trust in you", the PRG team also went to work with self-confidence and convinced with its performance! PRG Account Manager Eike Vollmer explains: "PRG was responsible for the entire lighting and sound design. We worked closely with the client, gained a lot of trust and tried to implement his wishes and ideas in the best possible way. We were also given a lot of freedom to adapt the technology and to the set design. One of the biggest challenges was to implement the customers and the speakers wishes in, and on time.”

The technology had to be installed in a time frame of just five days. The customer commissioned the event service provider to equip the four large stages with rigging, video, lighting and audio technology. In addition, the crew built a small TV studio for the trade fair, which was used by the speakers for individual conferences. With a size of 235 square metres, the Congress Stage was the largest stage at DMEXCO. More than 900 modules were installed for the LED walls. Two LED screens were installed on the left and on right of the stage to transmit the camera images. In the middle was a LED of 70sqm in total showed the presentations.

 

At the Debate Stage PRG's new LED wall Absen Aries 1.5 was used for the first time. This wall is characterized by a very small pixel pitch, its color purity and clarity in the representation. On the Debate Stage, speakers sitting in the middle of the stage opposite each other, held dynamic discussions on various topics. The challenge was to integrate the event technology into the set design in a way that supported the stage concept and focused on the speakers. 

This year, the latest technologies were presented at the Experience Stage. Viewers were given insights into the digital world of tomorrow. In order to support the presentations and create a suitable atmosphere, PRG used fog machines on this stage, which is rather unusual for a congress situation.

In just five days, a team of 50 technicians mastered the set-up. In total, the crew installed around 120 tons of event technology in the exhibition halls. Andrés Cabral, technical planner of the Koelnmesse, worked closely with the PRG team. He praised the short reaction times and the fact that there was a dedicated contact person for each trade: "After the tender, we were happy to be able to commission PRG, one of the major players, which was able to react flexibly to the size of the project, and could actually equip almost everything from its own stock, so that this was always solved satisfactorily for us.“

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15/10/2019

PRG goes Art – LED special construction for international art project

From September 8th to 15th, passers-by could admire an art installation consisting of a black cube with an LED screen on Hamburg's town hall market on which you could see an abandoned landscape with a waving flag of black smoke! This stunning work of art by John Gerrard is called "Western Flag". It depicts the town of Spindletop in Texas, in which the first major oil boom took place in 1901.

PRG has been working with the renowned artist Gerrard for several years and has supported him in various international projects in recent years. From February to April 2019, the artwork was shown in Palm Springs during ten weeks, California, and in 2017 in front of Somerset House in London, where PRG also provided technical support. John Gerrard worked with the event service provider for the first time in 2014.

On behalf of the artist, PRG installed a large LED wall in front of New York's Lincoln Center on which his works were shown. Gerrard was thus able to benefit from PRG's know-how and event technology in all projects and convey his message as a huge work of art to the very interested audience.

 

The art installation was also welcomed with great interest in Hamburg, where it was invited and curated by Dirck Möllmann for his public art program HAMBURG MASCHINE, 2018–20, for the pilot project Stadtkuratorin Hamburg supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media as part of the program Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. The flag, visualized in smoke, is intended to draw attention to the environmental impact of global carbon dioxide emissions. For eight days, this digital picture could be seen day and night on the 80 square meter LED screen in Hamburg. PRG was commissioned with the design and construction. The design was carried out in the Hamburg and Vienna offices, as well as PRG Hamburg's in-house carpenter's workshop, in collaboration with the Special Constructions team, which then realized this project together.

Sander van der Hoeven (Project Manager PRG): "This construction not only consists of an LED wall, but also had to be very meticulous to ensure that it was not going to be too high from the (lower) edge, to avoid for people to see that it was suspended on a scaffolding.

The LED screen consisted of ROE Visual MC-07-H modules. With a total height of the LED wall of 9.60 meters and a width of 8.40 meters, the construction was covered with fabric-on the sides to create a seamless black cube.

The artist John Gerrard is thrilled about the international cooperation with PRG: "I have already worked with PRG on several projects ... that was very good and everything worked really well!”

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John Gerrards art project Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas), 2017, at Rathausmarkt Hamburg, Germany in 2019 was curated by Dirck Möllmann for HAMBURG MASCHINE / pilot project Stadtkuratorin.

The program HAMBURG MASCHINE / pilot project Stadtkuratorin Hamburg is supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media as part of the program Kunst im öffentlichen Raum.

 

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Unfortunately, we were informed about the sad news concerning Dirck Möllmann, city curator of HAMBURG MASCHINE, who passed away after a serious illness. He was the driving force behind the art project "Western Flag" by John Gerrard in Hamburg. We would like to express our deep sympathy and sincere condolences to his family.

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20/09/2019

Atmospheric Public Viewing: PRGs LED Trucks at Summer Opera in Kiel 2019 (Germany) in action

On August 24th, around around 35,000 spectators were able to get a taste of opera air at nine locations in Schleswig-Holstein – Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece AIDA was broadcasted live on large, mobile LED screens at the premiere of the Kiel Summer Opera. Under the motto "Culture for everyone – free of charge and outdoors", the event was a complete success again this year! A varied special programme including an open-air cinema and live music was held in many different locations in addition to the AIDA production.

In order to make this open-air broadcast possible in Kiel and the other cities in Schlewswig-Holstein simultaneously, nine mobile LED screens were set up by PRG. Seven of them of a size of 15m² and two of 27m². The containers with the LED screens were partially separated from the truck and placed on the ground – the advantage: the walls can be placed almost anywhere and can also be adjusted in height and rotated. This means the best view of the playing surfaces for the audience and, of course, perfect image quality due to the high-resolution screens.


 

 
PRG has an extensive fleet of LED trucks with screens in different sizes between 15 and 80 square meters. Whether a sports event, concert, city festival or even an open-air opera premiere, the systems can be implemented for a wide variety of events. The LED trucks and trailers are self-sufficient and are therefore fast to set up, flexible and save a lot of space. Due to the short set-up and dismantling times, they also represent a cost-effective alternative to permanently installed equipment. PRG also offers modular systems that can be assembled as required. Our PRG experts are happy to advise customers and show them the most diverse variants for their planned event, no matter how demanding or unusual the customer's wishes may be. Jan Sören Eckert, Fleet Manager Mobile LED Screens, remembers an extraordinary order with a smile: "We once had to set up an LED screen on a floating pontoon, for which a crane was needed. That worked, too. We just need to know in advance, then we can order a crane."

We would like to thank Opus for the pleasant cooperation!

Visit our LED Trucks microsite for more information on our mobile LED solutions: www.led-trucks.prg.com

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13/08/2019

Tailor-made creative services and technology for the Fielmann Annual Meeting 2019

For the first time this year the Fielmann Annual Meeting 2019 took place in Hamburg's Barclaycard Arena – a venue rather associated with big pop concerts, sports and show events than with an Annual Meeting for around 2,000 participants. In order to convince Fielmann of the feasibility in advance, the PRG creative team designed a room concept and presented it to them together with the corresponding visualizations. In these vivid renderings, which visualised the location with the technical equipment and inventory in addition to an intelligent room division, the specifications and Fielmann's own corporate identity were also taken into account. The solution turned out to be convincing. Therefore, Barclaycard Arena was happily chosen as a venue for the Annual Meeting 2019. 


 

Klaus Rahe (Director Creative Services PRG) sees the possibility of working with visualisations as a great advantage, but also as a challenge, as PRG has been the technical-creative service provider for the Fielmann Annual Meetings for many years: "We are always trying to make something new, to keep the corporate identity in the foreground, but still remain innovative and modern and then adapt the whole thing to the new location.”


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In addition to the room concept and the 1:1 implementation, PRG was also responsible for all technical services. The team around Senior Account Manager Tom Kaczmarek installed the rigging, the lighting, sound and video technology, the media servers for the video content, and the camera technology as well as all deco buildings, set and stage construction and the furnishing.

Besides the customer's wishes, also the ideas of lighting designer Jerry Appelt in the planning and implementation had to be considered. In addition to the adequate technology, Jerry Appelt also attaches great importance to professional personnel in order to achieve flawless cooperation: “Especially in such a case, where we are in charge of this project together for a very long period of time, it is important to have a trusting cooperation. Everyone knows what it's all about, the contacts are clearly defined, the communication channels are short and the 'cross-departmental' thinking is also very, very important here - and that works superbly."

This aspect also helped to ensure that the 2019 Fielmann Annual General Meeting went off without a hitch once again. PRG is looking forward to 2020 and says thank you for many years of trusting cooperation.

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06/08/2019

30 years of Wacken – And PRG has been part of it for the past 17 years!

Every year for the past thirty years, on the first weekend in August, metal fans from all over the world gather in the small community of Wacken, Northern Germany. With around 75,000 visitors, the Wacken Open Air is now one of the largest metal festivals in the world. PRG has been part of the festival for 17 years now, taking care of the entire lighting and LED technology, as well as the rigging. Holger Hübner (Founder and Organizer, Wacken Open Air) is thrilled about the trustful cooperation: "The main thing is that we have fun, create a cool event and for everyone to get something out of it. PRG, us and all staff - and above all, our fans.".


 
If it were up to lighting designer Jerry Appelt, the collaboration would be continued for at least 13 more years, so that WOA, Jerry Appelt Lighting Design and PRG can celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their fantastic collaboration in 2032. It won't fail because of the festival's success; tickets for WOA 2020 were already sold out within 21 hours.

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Tableau Conference Berlin
03/07/2019

360° Service for the Tableau Conference Europe in Berlin

In June 2019, the time had come again: 3,000 participants from all over Europe gathered in Berlin for Tableau Conference Europe, organized by US software company Tableau. The conference offered training with Tableau's latest software products. PRG provided a comprehensive service package: In addition to lighting, sound and video technology as well as rigging, PRG also took care of the stage design, construction drawings and seating plans for the event, which extended over various rooms. We equipped the keynote hall with a total of 224sqm of 3mm LED screens, which ensured crystal clear presentation of the lecture content.


 

“In the end, it was a 360-degree solution we delivered to our client.” Simon Rist (Senior Account Manager PRG) concluded. Nick Barton (Director Global Accounts PRG) described the coordination of the various vendors within a tight timeframe as the greatest challenge in equipping this complex event – the largest conference ever organized by Tableau – ” The largest challenge would have been coordinating with all the vendors to ensure that everybody stayed on schedule which we ended up doing.” For years, Barton has been responsible for the organization of Tableau events around the world.

The client turned out to be happy with the result as well: “Having a technical partner like PRG all over the world makes doing our conferences very easy.” said Beau Beckner (Senior Event Infrastructure Manager, Tableau Software).

We would like to thank Tableau for the trust in our work over the years and look forward to continuing our cooperation.


List of installed equipment:

  • 224sqm - 3mm led screen in the keynote hall
  • 5x cameras (1x wireless) incl. broadcast direction
  • Recording of all cameras and 7 breakout rooms
  • Intercom system incl. wireless connection and digital radios to cover the entire event area
  • 30x 55" monitors on tripod
  • 12x Panasonic wide-angle lens
  • More than 60 audio radio links for microphones, in-ear monitoring and wireless speakers
  • More than 400 lamps for stage and room lighting
  • Set construction (stage) incl. branded lectern

 

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07/06/2019

PRG launches a new initiative: PRG Unite.

An inspiring event designed to bring together all our regions from around the world in one location, to share and develop our unique global offering.

PRG Unite has been devised with the specific intention of gathering all of our international teams together, to discuss our global offering for the future. PRG globally is the leading technical solution provider for the event industry and is constantly looking at how to best assist our clients across the world, helping them grow and develop exciting activations. The PRG Unite event enables us to discuss future challenges and strategies while combining our resources and expertise as one team.

The event will enable each of our regions (United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Japan, China, UAE and United States) to showcase their very best corporate projects, detailing to our clients the processes from strategic planning to event delivery, allowing our clients the unique opportunity to share our knowledge and best practice which enable us to hold such a world-renowned standing within the industry.

This insider view is sure to be a unique and inspiring insight into the future of how PRG will work with its clients on a global scale. Speaking about the upcoming PRG Unite event Richard Williams - PRG UK Chief Executive Officer commented:
“We felt this would be a fantastic opportunity for our UK customers to meet and talk directly to all our global PRG colleagues in one place. Allowing them to understand how PRG can help support and work together to provide global solutions.”

End of press release.

For more information and images please contact Aanand Ewins: aewins@prg.com

About Production Resource Group__
Production Resource Group UK Ltd.
(PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to a wide range
of markets, including corporate and automotive events, concerts, special events, theatre,
television and film, trade shows and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores
and performing arts centres. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

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23/05/2019

Full Service and Full House - PRG delivers top performance at OMR 2019 Festival!

52 000 visitors - 12 000 more than last year! - 400 exhibitors and 300 speakers! That was the Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR) Festival 2019 and that rocked again!
But not only the number of marketing enthusiasts has increased, also the technical volume has increased considerably! A total of 613 tons of material were installed, and that in just 4 days!

PRG provided a 360-degree service this year, in addition to rigging, lighting and video technology, the team also installed the complete audio technology, the scenic elements and deco. 62 truckloads of equipment, packed in over 3,000 cases, were delivered to the Hamburg exhibition venue, unloaded and then installed in six exhibition halls. A stringent logistics system developed over the years led to a smooth process.

 

But before the first lamp could be installed and the first video screen was set up, a whole of 328,000 meters of cable had to be laid. More than 1,000 motors were used to install the trusses, lamps, loudspeakers and screens in the hall roofs.
A total of 6,621 lighting fixtures were installed for the various areas of the festival. These not only illuminated the exhibitor stands and conference stages, but also created a party atmosphere - in addition to the many lectures and masterclasses, the after-party was also exuberant! Scooter, Casper & Marteria, Trettmann, Dendemann and Oli P. brilliantly entertained the visitors.

And the whole of the PRG team was on the starting blocks, because this year's OMR Festival was the biggest so far. A total of 581 square meters of LED walls were installed and around 1,200 square meters of projection were set up. In addition to that, whether you believe it or not, 649 loudspeakers were part of this great event.

 
PRG audio-expert André Aspelmeier explains among other things which challenges had to be mastered at the OMR Festival 2019.

One can say that the OMR Festival 2019 was once again an event of superlatives! The biggest challenge for the PRG team this year was the extremely tight schedule for the installation and that amount of technology that needed for a flawless implementation.

But how can an event service provider master such a mammoth project, with such an enormous amount of technology and in such a short time frame?
Christian Unger, PRG Account Manager, has a clear opinion on this: "The OMR Festival is a very special project for us because of its enormous size. This results in big challenges: one is the delivery and implementation of the whole amount of equipment, perfectly coordinated logistics and in addition the necessary manpower. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our whole team, who made the whole thing possible and thus realized a perfect OMR Festival 2019!"

Facts:

 

  • 71 Trailers
  • Total weight 613 Tonnen
  • 3.245 Flightcases
  • 196.480 articles
  • Value of delivered equipment approx. 34.5 Mio €

  • Mandays on site 2.250
  • Mandays warehouse 400
  • Total hours 26.500

With a 40 hours working week and 25 days vacation per year, one single person would need about 14.5 years to implement this project.

  • Cable length total 328.000m
  • Trussing & Pipes 14.875m
  • Hoists 1.098
  • LED total 581m²
  • Projection total 1.190m²
  • Lighting Fixtures 6.621
  • Speakers 649

 

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21/05/2019

PRG provides worldwide 360° Concert Touring Services for Post Malone

Post Malone, who has captured the zeitgeist through his unique genre-blending musical style and introspective songwriting, is on a global tour. PRG is supporting the superstar worldwide by providing 360 concert touring services, including sound, video, lighting and rigging.


 

One PRG team

The initial contact and contract in the USA was taken care of by VER, which recently joined the PRG family. Their expertise with big productions in the USA has been indispensable for this tour. Thanks to its unique global presence and network, PRG is able to provide worldwide 360° touring services and apply the same high standards in all countries, across continents.

The crew comes from both the US and Europe and can count on local support and gear in any of the countries on the tour’s agenda.

Production Manager for Post Malone, Dennis Danneels, put it this way: “The PRG team, between Los Angeles, Vegas, Germany and the UK, were basically just taking the project and handing it off like an assembly line all the way down. We were taking advantage of all these different time zones to be able to complete this project in time. People were working right until the last minute of load-in.”

Global reach, local support

For the European part of the tour, our UK and German teams joined forces, working closely together, with UK providing video and light and Germany being responsible for the sound. Thanks to their ample experience in cross-national productions and great communication, this resulted in a seamless and smooth collaboration in which the client benefits from both the scale of PRG Group and the local presence and understanding of the market in each country the tour passes.

Stephan Paridaen, President and COO of PRG says: ‘from day one, this project has been about a collaboration to define the best, most fully integrated technical production solution that realizes the artist’s creative vision. We take that even further and service the tour globally on the ground with local, highly experienced crew and state of the art gear. It’s a service and a 360-degree solution.’

Video Crew Chief ‘Topher’ (Christopher Davidson) was delighted about the seamless support in the various countries. “One advantage of having a worldwide support system, like you have with PRG, is that I am confident that I can go anywhere on the globe and have the same caliber of people, gear, and the same support virtually 24/7 that is required in this industry.”

A new standard in large-scale concert touring

This cutting-edge approach to servicing large-scale concert tours on a global level is made possible by PRG’s unique ability to combine high standards of gear with specialists who work seamlessly together.

“There is incredible skill level with the PRG crew. The gear has been consistent day in and day out. We’ve had very, very few failures, and this is all the stuff that we ran for almost 24 hours a day for three weeks,” Danneels adds. “I’m really pleased with it from a financial stand point, it made a lot of sense, and it saved a lot of money.”

PRG wants to thank our client PostyCo and PM Dennis Danneels. We would like to extend our appreciation for our own Burton Tenenbein, responsible for the overall AE and lighting kit, Brent Dannen, who took care of the tour’s sound, and Mike Drew, supporting the tour’s video package. Also, a big thank you to the whole

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15/05/2019

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 – Custom Show Solutions by PRG

This year it is in Tel Aviv that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will choose its’ winner. And – as in many previous years– PRG will be part of it again, delivering customized show solutions for rigging and video that will ensure an efficient roll-out of the show and offer the audience an unforgettable show. 

 

"Florian Wieder, the set designer, created some unique elements for this year’s show", explains Ingo Rehnert (Head of Sales & Account Management Sport & Special Events PRG). On one hand there are the triangles in the ceiling of the main stage. On the other hand, we have the LED strips in the ceiling of the Green Room. The customized triangle structures, which were developed by our special construction department, integrate the VER Blades.
According to John van Look, Head Rigger Production PRG Germany, the weight distribution and static calculation, in function of the suspension capacities of the venue, was the biggest challenge, considering the amount of automation technology that needed to be integrated in the ceiling.

The main elements at the back of the stage are the rotating LED panels, which are composed of ROE CB5 and mounted on turntables with customized metal frames in which the LED panels are integrated.

Another great element for the show is the LED floor on the main stage, which consists of Black Marble 4 modules, which were integrated in the Domino developed by PRG for fast and time saving assembly.

Ola Melzig, Head of Production ESC 2019, resumes: "Our job is to highlight 41 songs and for them to be unique. There are not that many companies in the world that can deliver that amount of high-end products – and that is delivered by PRG!"

We would like to thank:
KAN – KAN Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation
Meytal Cohen (TV Producer)
Shay Bonder (Head of Video & Technologies)
Avishay Giladie (Technical Director Show)
Tarmo Krimm (Senior Technical Director)
Johannes Schau – (Head Rigger EBU)

M&M Production Management AB
Ola Melzig (Head of Production)
Tobias Aberg (Head of Production)

Florian Wieder – Wieder Design (Set Designer)

We would also like to thank all the parties and people involved whom we had the opportunity to work with on this great production and our PRG Alliance partner Sincopa.

PRG Tech Facts

Video:

  • 450m2 ROE CB5
  • 100m2 ROE Black Marble 4 with PRG Projects Domino LED Frames (LED Floor)
  • 16 x Panasonic PT DZ-21 Projectors
  • 2.200 VER Blades - 90cm
  • 4 x Disguise d3 VX4 Media Server
  • 4 x GrandMa2

Special Construction:

  • triangle aluminum frames (250x250x250cm) for VER Blades in the main stage ceiling
  • triangle Pod for VER Blades for main stage kinetic section ceiling

Rigging:

  • 3.800 m truss
  • 650 hoists BGV D8 / D8+
  • 300 m horizontal live line system

340 tons of material in total
Production period: 21st March – 03rd June (almost 11 weeks)
Crew: 35 Riggers + 18 Technicians
Number of Trailers: 32 x 40" Containers

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03/05/2019

PRG Projects develops SpinIt for spectacular video effects with PURE10

EDM meets technology. For Etienne de Crécy’s new tour, Space Echo, PRG Projects integrated their unique highly transparent PURE10 screens within the SpinIt, a custom developed rotating frame solution to meet the design needs for this specific tour.

SpinIt

Stage designer Alexandre Lebrun and artist Etienne de Crécy had a creative idea in mind where transparent screens would surround the artist in a moveable and transparent “cage-setting”. After successful collaborations in other concert tours (Maître GIMS ea.), Production Director Julien Bedane contacted PRG to turn this into a workable solution, overcoming restrictions imposed by a concert touring reality.

  

Ysabel Vangrudenberg, Global Business Development Director of PRG Projects explains how they translated the idea into a technical solution: “On the one hand, we have the PURE10, the screen with 70% transparency, which was initially developed by us for the U2 tour. On the other hand, we have today developed a custom solution, namely the SpinIt, for the specific needs of Etienne de Crécy's production.”

SpinIt consists of a + 180° and -180° rotating, DMX-controlled motorization, mounted on rolling carts. Whereas SpinIt is used here with PURE10, we can envision other lighting and video products being combined with the rotating base.

PRG Projects

PRG France has ample experience in collaborating with PRG Projects. Thanks to their vast experience in concert touring, they know all the ins and outs this specific industry requires. The development of SpinIt is optimized for a concert touring reality, where set-up and load-out times are very limited, logistical and transportation constraints apply and durability is required. Some ingenious details, such as the foldable system on the high PURE10 panels, a spacing structure to maintain the exact distance between the screens, without the need of measurement in each set-up and the installation of the motorisation on rolling carts make it a state-of-the-art product for festivals and the concert touring sector.

Julien Bedane, production director, reflects on the collaboration: “I have given a requirement list with many constraints to PRG Projects to make this set-up possible. I had the guarantee that with PRG Projects, that would be well executed. Frederic Opsomer in particular has followed-up on this project and was available directly for the artist, who participated at all these meetings. What is interesting is that the PRG team is really an integral part of the development of the product, but also an integral part of the launch.”

Once again, the scale advantages of PRG Group are demonstrated. PRG France contacted their colleagues of PRG Projects and from the conceptualization to the full execution, close contact between the client, the artist, PRG France and PRG Projects were maintained to guarantee the desired result and a successful launch of the concert tour.

PRG wants to thank Lightlab, Alexandre Lebrun, Julien Bedane, Etienne de Crécy and the whole PRG France and PRG Projects teams and is looking forward to the further course of this magnificent concert tour.

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30/04/2019

PRG Unifies Global Research and Development Operations into PRG Innovation

EMEA – April 30, 2019 - Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and solutions, announced today that it will integrate its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation. PRG Innovation will encompass efforts in Belgium, China and the United States which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles. By connecting its people, assets and innovation initiatives – including PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and VER product development initiatives – the company will maximize its technological impact on the industry.

PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s Chief Innovation Officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As Product Manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy® Spot and Best Boy® Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl™ Followspot System. Conti is listed as an inventor on 15 U.S. patents.

Additionally, Clay Powers will become Chief Operating Officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show solutions. Gary Boyd, Chief Operating Officer of EMEA, will have ongoing responsibilities related to product-development operations in Europe and China. Frederic Opsomer will continue to lead the Belgian team in developing groundbreaking new technology in LED and video, and Simon Kayser will continue to lead operations in Shenzhen, China, which are instrumental in sourcing video and lighting technology. Anne Johnston, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy, will collaborate with PRG Innovation on all aspects of marketing, from product ideation to roll-out.

“PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives,” said Jere Harris, Chairman and CEO of PRG. “I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”

In every market PRG serves from music and theatre to television, film, broadcast and corporate events, it has defined itself as the innovator in technology, responding to a client request or an industry need. With more than 170 issued patents as well as 70 trademarks, the company’s legacy of proprietary technology has opened new creative possibilities, improved safety, created cost efficiencies and reduced environmental impact. Examples of PRG’s industry-changing technology include:

  • Ground Control Followspot System: A high output followspot that can be safely operated remotely from the ground from distances up to 2,000 feet. Gives designers creative freedom to put followspots in places that were either previously unusable or involved complex rigging.
  • PRG SpaceFrame®: A touring frame design that seamlessly integrates LED panels for operational efficiencies and creative possibility. The carbon fiber frame is lightweight, collapsible and fully wind braced, allowing for a free-form approach to stage designs.
  • Pure10: A revolutionary lightweight and highly transparent touring LED screen. Printed circuit boards (PCB) are sliced in strips and turned 90 degrees with the LED mounted on the side, resulting in 75 percent transparency and allowing artists to interact with video content in real time.
  • Mbox®: A family of media server products that are affordable and easy to use. Mbox software offers powerful and flexible control of video content by working seamlessly with media playback, composition, effects, and transitions. The user interface provides fast and intuitive setup for outputs and content positioning.
  • Front Row Cam: A robotic, periscope solution that provides a low camera shot of the sports playing field. At just 6 inches wide x 16 inches deep x 32 inches high, this custom designed system, developed with ESPN, is equipped with a telephoto lens for use in baseball or a wide version for use in tennis and other sports.
  • PRG Stage Command® System: An automated, cue-based motion control system that gives operators the ability to execute the most complex motion control cues with accuracy, repeatability and unparalleled attention to safety. Provides seamless transitions of scenery in full view of the audience.
  • Bullet: A family of focusable, compact LED luminaires available in White Light, Daylight and UV versions. Offering high output with precise beam control, the adjustable focus mechanism requires no lens change, no tools, and is lockable for permanent installations.

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23/04/2019

PRG sets the tone and convinces with new, high-quality audio technology

At the end of March 2019, there was a new arrival in PRG's Hamburg warehouse: state-of-the-art, high-performance and high-quality audio technology! The equipment was first used at this year's LEA Awards and went on to be used at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt's Festhalle — and the difference could be heard! Not only did the Highlight Show impress audiences with a magnificent light show and spectacular special effects, thanks to the new technology, the sound quality was also excellent.

In the USA, PRG has been a pioneer in world concert touring for several years already, equipping large concert tours with its high-quality audio technology. It is not only the quantity and variety of the technology that is impressive, above all it is the performance! PRG in Nashville has developed a special process which is used to put the equipment through its paces before and after each use.

  

After every tour, the equipment is subjected to quality control checks, tested, serviced and cleaned. In the specially developed "Boom Room" the loudspeakers undergo various frequency and sound tests. These are used to ascertain that every loudspeaker corresponds to the specifications of the original manufacturer. In addition, the functionality of all cables is systematically tested by trained staff. With the help of unique, web-based software the quality control processes are standardized for each piece of equipment, so that all PRG locations across the world can have access to this data, ensuring uniformity among quality control testing. Packing is also an important issue: PRG guarantees packing and storage that is "tour-ready", since, above all for tours with changing locations, it is important that the technology is competently and protectively packed to ensure that the audio equipment can be loaded and unloaded quickly, without becoming damaged in the process.

Through all the standardized processes and checks, PRG ensures that the technology it uses functions without any problems, the sound is delivered in the best quality and an efficient workflow is made possible.

And the best part: as of now PRG can also offer the same service to its customers in Europe, the same quality standards and the same high-performance, modern audio products, which are suitable for every production size. Alongside Meyer Sound LEO and Meyer Sound LYON loudspeakers, PRG now has the LFC 1100 in its inventory. In addition, the console inventory has been expanded to include the digital SD10 and SD12 models. More equipment will follow. In addition to these new products, customers will also benefit of specialist knowledge and support.

With this know-how, the large pool of technology, knowledgeable personnel, and the specially developed processes, every concert, every tour and every event can be supported. The goal is to develop a first class touring and audio event division in Europe. With this extra division, PRG can now offer full 360-degree audio service in Europe too.

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