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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, Senior Account Manager 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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10/04/2019

Behind-the-Scenes-Video: PRG at Prolight + Sound 2019

In our Behind-the-Scenes video, we provide interesting technical insights and background information on the technology installed around the PRG LEA Stage in the Frankfurt Festhalle at Prolight + Sound 2019. The highlight show, which took place every 30 minutes, was once again the central attraction at which we presented our expertise in the fields of lighting, video, audio, kinetics and rigging. 

  

The kinetics for moving the trusses with light, laser and LED technology were realized by Movecat motors and controllers, which could be precisely integrated into the show. We used our new Meyer-P.A. for sound reinforcement, which provided the transparent and powerful sound in the Festhalle. In the separate concert touring backstage area, visitors could also find out about various special constructions. As in previous years, the highlight show was created by Jerry Appelt and bright! Studios, the pyrotechnics were supplied by Elements Entertainment, and the laser technology came from Laserfabrik.

We would like to thank our partners once again:

GLP German Light Products, Jerry Appelt Lichtdesign, bright!, Lighting Tools, Elements Entertainment, Concept4Vision, laserfabrik, Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Prolight + Sound, Musikmesse, RIEDEL Communications, PMS Crew Support, WACKEN, CONRAD, disguise, MOVECAT, ComputerWorks, Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt Frankfurt, Apleona HSG Event Services, allbuyone, Allgaier, Swisson, hantmade, Lofthouse Catering.

 

PRG Highlight-Show PLS 2019

  

Product sheets of some of the products presented at our stand in the Festhalle:

 

 

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09/04/2019

Production Resource Group, L.L.C (PRG) acquires UAE-based Delta Sound, L.L.C.

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology headquartered in New York, is acquiring the Middle East division of Delta Sound, Delta Sound L.L.C. UAE, a specialist provider of live audio and event communications technology based in Dubai and operating across the Middle East. Peter McCann, CEO for PRG in the Middle East and Andy Jackson, the Managing Director of Delta Sound, jointly announced the acquisition today.

Delta Sound LLC, founded in 2006, is the leading specialist audio and communication company in the Gulf Region and will join forces with PRG’s operation in Dubai, forming a welcomed union between the two companies who have collaborated successfully for many years across a broad range of corporate, government and large-scale special events. Like PRG, Delta Sound provides technical design and technology support to both local and international production houses who benefit from the high standard of service and delivery offered.

For PRG’s worldwide clients, this acquisition means that they will have access to additional expertise and technology when working with PRG in the Middle East and beyond. They can continue to be confident in the quality of product, experience, and professionalism whilst enjoying the addition of world-class event communications through the provision of fully scalable wired and wireless solutions.

“By acquiring Delta Sound LLC, we have bolstered our existing offering for our many customers who produce events and shows internationally”, said PRG’s McCann. “I’m also delighted that this acquisition integrates comprehensive event communications into our product offering thus ensuring that we can present a truly turnkey solution to our customers and partners. With events such as Expo 2020 on the horizon these are certainly exciting opportunities for a company that can operate at scale and this acquisition demonstrates both a significant level of commitment to the region and a continued appetite for growth.”

“As Delta Sound LLC, we have worked on some of the region’s largest and highest profile productions,” commented Andy Jackson. “We have established a loyal client base that has become more appreciative of the standard of audio production and event communications being delivered today by Delta. Having worked closely with PRG for several years across many of these events, our partnership has naturally evolved into a trading relationship and today we solidify this to the benefit of both our clients and teams.” It will be business as usual and Delta Sound will retain its existing operational format and be officially titled ‘PRG deltasound” during the transition process. 

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

Paul Keating, MD of Delta Sound UK commented, “Myself, Mark & Andy go back 40 years together and Andy has been involved with Delta since our humble beginnings back in 1988. He has done an amazing job in building and managing the business over the past 12 years. We have always had a very good working relationship with PRG both here in the UK and in the Middle East and this is a great fit for Delta UAE becoming part of the extended PRG family. We very much look forward to continuing this relationship together in the future.”

 

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FR studio Equipe 2018
05/02/2019

PRG France provides the new set for TV channel Equipe TV

Since October 27 2018, l’Equipe TV broadcasts from a whole new set, which is twice as big as the former one. PRG has provided this new 150m2 set with a fixed customized LED-installation. “We wanted a whole new dimension for this project,” explains Jérôme Aubin, Production Director of L’Equipe TV. “The main challenge was to host all our tv shows on one single set, which required it to be modular to be changed up to 3 times per day, during the the 6 minutes of advertising. Together with designer Philippe Désert we started to brainstorm about this innovative set, he introduced us to PRG as the provider who would be capable of executing our plan. I knew PRG as a provider of equipment but not as an integrator. The details of the material are almost industrial but they are tailor-made, so for us it's simply great. It's a guarantee of quality!”
 

  
PRG started working on the completely original solution and conducted the mechanical study in-house, as well as the production and construction of the customized setting. The studio is equipped with 80m2 of LED tiles on 18 pivotable and modular totems, a 40m2 back-wall screen and a LED floor. The 18 modular totems, equipped with 1 LED tile in width and 2 high, can be assembled or dissociated to easily transform into 3 HD screens, one big curved screen or any other configuration. They can also rotate on their own, creating different set-ups around the set. This modularity allows many original settings for both live shows and recurrent daily emissions.

The core of the concept is a custom-made curved rail system, from laser-cut plates that each take a totem. The carts of the totems allow them to individually rotate up to 270°. An additional power cable management system allows the totems to move around the studio.
All these elements have been developed specifically for this project.

The immense LED screen, with a tight pitch, and the LED floor add even more creative possibilities. The design of the studio, consisting completely out of LED screens, offers an unequalled creative freedom for a yet fixed studio setup. A simple change of media, a quick mechanical reorganization of the totems & the studio is transformed. This flexibility is unprecedented.

Thierry Kra, General Manager PRG France adds, “Half a year of preparations (study – prototype – tests in the workshop, technical sightings...) preceded the installation, during which everything was monitored in great detail to develop a solution that is unique and perfectly adapted to the specific needs of L’Equipe. We are proud to have elaborated this innovative set, together with Jérôme Aubin (équipe) and our PRG team (Gianfranco Stevenato, designer and mechanical supervisor, Antoine D’Halluin, technical manager), who did an absolutely great job on this fixed installation!”

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prg invests in movecat motion hoists
05/12/2018

PRG invests in Movecat Motion Hoists

PRG invests in Movecat motion hoists — VMK S 500 and VMK S 1250 — innovative and notable for their unusual flexible handling, whilst satisfying the highest safety level on the market.

MOVECAT

With their remarkable features, VMK-S hoists represent the elite class on the world market and are recommended for all state-of-the-art applications in locations such as in TV studios, theatres and event venues demanding maximum performance and safety combined with the widest possible bandwidth of uses.

VMK-S hoists have the possibility to move both horizontally and vertically and can move live artists; they can be controlled at variable speeds for way- and time-synchronous runs. These high-speed hoists (from 10 m/min) in combination with a V-Motion Powerpack are capable of speeds ranging from 0 to 40 m / min. In addition, its control desks are optimized visually, which significantly facilitates programming.

Gary Boyd, Executive Vice President & COO PRG EMEA comments: “Working with Movecat over the last six months we have established a great partnership in variable speed and safety technology. We have been able to create new products at a PRG specific working with Movecat here in Stuttgart and these new products and developments will lead to a great partnership across both companies!”

Movecat fulfilled PRG’s needs going forward and proved that it was a future proof product and the safest most compliant product in all markets at this time.
They are currently the only kinetic solutions on the market to have received the Safety Integration Level (SIL3), meeting the highest safety standards.
Oliver Nachbauer, CFO Movecat stipulates “Both PRG and Movecat are looking for solutions for their clients and their requirements, working together on our products and their specifications to service these unique requirements clients have. I am very much looking forward to the partnership with PRG and the challenges we might get.”

By adding these products to the portfolio, PRG can offer an even wider range of fully integrated solutions, serving clients more creatively given the wide range of possibilities as well as the most recent and safest solutions on the market!
Motion signals can now be synchronized with video and lighting cues, which will positively reflect on the cooperation between the motion operator, the lighting operator and the video operator.

A first batch is available as from November 2018 and will further be supplemented during the month of March and June 2019. The Movecats will be featured for the first time during Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ in the UK, operated by our trained PRG crew.

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20/11/2018

GLP impression S350 in action at the recording of Udo Lindenberg MTV Unplugged 2

For Udo Lindenberg’s MTV Unplugged 2 DVD production at the Kampnagel Theatre in Hamburg, PRG provided the lighting gear, among other things. Among the equipment put to use was the new GLP impression S350, which PRG has stocked in large numbers since summer 2018. Jerry Appelt (Jerry Applet Lichtdesign) talks in this interview about the advantages of these innovative lights and the special technical circumstances of this presentation format.

 



The particular features of the location at Kampnagel proved to be a real challenge: many musicians in a small space, restricted roof loads coupled with the lack of a fly system – PRG found an ideal solution to these issues with the versatile, energy saving LED moving lights. The key light GLP S 350 impresses the lighting expert with its lightweight, 25 kg build, colour reproduction index and the resulting good colour reproduction with CMY colour mixing system, including an additional colour wheel with fixed colours and correction filters. The shutter module is equally impressive, featuring movable shutters, which can each be positioned up to an angle of ± 30° and have a beam adjustment of 0-100%. Sharp triangles and total shading are realised with ease. The aesthetic of the GLP S350 is also to Appelt’s liking, thanks in particular to its baseless design. Alongside the large rental inventory, what the lighting designer values most about working with PRG is the large degree of flexibility and high reaction speeds.

Just how good the lighting for the entire production was handled, can be seen on the finished DVD: “The DVD from Udo Lindenberg’s Unplugged concert is available for purchase from 14 December. PRG thanks Udo Lindenberg, Think Big GmbH, Jerry Appelt Lichtdesign and the entire production team for the chance to part of this project!” 

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09/11/2018 Video Mapping

Artistic video mapping for the opening of the “Intelligent Quarters” in Hamburg’s HafenCity

On the occasion of the inauguration of the building ensemble “Intelligent Quarters”, in close collaboration with the renowned light artist and scenographer Michael Batz, PRG realised a short but spectacular video mapping display on the façade of the Shipyard office building in Hamburg’s HafenCity.

Together with the agency bright!, Batz developed a design, comprised of impressive shapes and colours, a 3D effect which was further augmented by the building’s angled façade. To achieve this, the colour concept and shapes were first developed using still frames, which were then animated.
 

 

 

 

For PRG, the greatest challenge was to perfectly align the projection with the architecture of the building, including the windows. Two disguise 4x4pro servers enabled the transmission of text elements, pictures and animations, which were projected by six Panasonic 20K projectors onto the white, porcelain-covered façade of the Shipyard office building, situated directly by the Elbe.

Michael Batz was overwhelmed by the result of the collaboration: “The reactions were: ‘Wow’! People were really astonished and didn’t expect that this building could exhibit such depth, relevance and richness of expression. I was really impressed!”

 

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PRG Demo Days 2018 PRG Products
17/10/2018 PRG Product Tradeshow

PRG, GLP & PRG Projects present innovative products

Studio 33 at MMC Studios was entirely bathed in blue as PRG presented its product highlights alongside PRG Projects and GLP in September 2018. Here in Cologne and in Studio Balan in Munich, the guests had the opportunity to learn about various new and innovative solutions in the LED and lighting segment, as well as special constructions.


Udo Willburger (Chief Sales Officer at PRG) was very satisfied with the feedback and the lively interest in the featured products: “What we have presented here are state of the art solutions – amongst others, the PURE10, a highly transparent LED which, together with the Domino, a highly flexible touring LED floor, is being used on this year's U2 World Tour.”
 – Take a look at a few impressions from the PRG Demo Days 2018: 

 

 

Below you will find all the demonstrated products listed for you again, including product sheets for download / additional information:


LED and special construction


Automatic and LED lighting 

 

You can also download the PRG Projects Booklet 2018 here ▸ Download (pdf).

 

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04/10/2018

PURE10 makes its debut during U2’s ‘eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour’

10 times lighter than a regular screen and with an unprecedented 70% transparency, the PURE10 is the eye catcher on U2’s stage.

Other tech innovations are the PRG SPACEFRAME™ and Domino for the round video floor.

PRG Projects was visiting some highly innovative companies in China only 1.5 years ago, when they met NEXNOVO – specializing in ultra-thin advertising solutions. Frederic Opsomer stipulated to have been especially impressed by the high level of focus of NEXNOVO”. Barton Lin, COO of NEXNOVO was immediately intrigued by the challenges: “Our product was initially designed for fixed installations, PRG Projects brought the professionalism and knowhow to use the advantages of the technology and adapt it for a concert-touring reality”.

From there, it all went very fast: the design phase started in November and was ready in January. The production started immediately in China, where the electronic components were built. Everything was shipped to Belgium mid March for the assembly and the mechanical part: a full carbon fibre structure.



Jake Berry, Production Director U2, states that without the PURE10, this setting for U2’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour would not have been possible: “After the Joshua Tree Tour, we wanted to raise the bar even higher. We wanted a wider screen, in combination with a flying catwalk. At that moment, it simply seemed impossible. The weight limits of the tour’s stadiums would have been exceeded”.
The P10 was constructed especially to minimize weight, at an uttermost high resolution and transparency. Weighing only 10 kg/m2, the design dream became reality.

Carbon fiber 

Frederic Opsomer adds “We think in solutions, for the PURE10, we pushed the technology to the limits of its abilities, doubled the regular width to limit the amount of pieces, and at the same time guaranteeing the highest possible transparency.”

It is fair to say that the PURE10, with its carbon fiber structure, reduced the suspension load of the screen by half in comparison to the technology that had been provided on the previous tour. This change of screen allowed to introduce more features on the catwalk, whilst even reducing the overall weight of the rigg. 

Carbon Fiber had proven to be an excellent choice for the PRG SPACEFRAME™, and its strong, reliable and very light characteristics made it perfect for PURE10 as well. In the future, the structural advantages of carbon fibre compared to aluminum or steel will further be explored. By investing and following up the continuous development, PRG will be able to create custom solutions in a much faster way.

Green

The revolutionary low weight of PURE10, combined with the smart stacking in custom designed dollies, saves space. That leads to an optimization in transport and reduction of the green imprint.

“In every development we do, we try to solve a green issue. It is actually one of our top 3 questions, together with: ‘are we making a creative solution? ‘and ‘are we allowing designers to propose an innovation to their customers?” explains Opsomer.

Not only it has a positive impact on transport, but we’re also facing limited storage space in most venues.

Stuart Heaney, PRG Crew Chief, is particularly happy about the set-up of PURE10: “The time to set-up the screen, including the interdependencies with other teams involved is 8-9 hours. If we would be solely constructing the screen, everything would be built up even faster, in under 3 hours. Tearing down takes 2.5 hours, and that again is with all integrations being removed.”

Ric Lipson – partner at Stufish – has been in charge of design and architecture for multiple U2 shows. He reflects on the collaboration with PRG: “in this long-standing relationship with PRG, we love how they are always innovative. They come with weird and wonderful ideas and make them happen”.

The PRG SPACEFRAME™ allowed the enormous screens of last year’s tour Joshua Tree Tour to resist wind loads. For Beyoncé’s and Jay Z’s tour there was even a moving element added, allowing the screens to open and close, despite weather conditions. PRG SPACEFRAME™ is also used in this year’s design and PRG Projects is already looking at the future: With PRG SPACEFRAME™ we incorporated structural elements into the video screens. We are now experimenting to do the same with lighting, automation and other combinations. The PRG SPACEFRAME™ technology definitely has a lot of yet unveiled opportunities.

Live Design Magazine has named PRG Projects’ PURE10 as the best LED Screen for this year's 2018 Video and Projection Product awards!

It was chosen by a panel of prestigious video/projection designers and programmers, from amongst a field of our esteemed peers. PRG is so proud of the talented team that made this innovative technology a reality.

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07/09/2018 Festivals

Die Toten Hosen: Laune der Natour 2018 – PRG provides curved LED solution

For more than 35 years, Die Toten Hosen have been one of most successful German bands.

The tour that includes more than 50 mostly sold-out concerts and attracts five-digit numbers of visitors each, started in November 2017.

PRG provides a curved MC-18 LED wall in the back of the stage. This hanging special construction is curved by 9 degrees and consists of 364 modules which are interlocked with specially designed angles. Additionally, two side-screens are assembled with an MC-7.

“Using as special construction for the curved central screens saves a lot of time compared to the usual tightening method.” Tom Clauder (Project Manager Mobile LED Screen, PRG) explains. 

The MC-18 is a semipermeable hybrid wall (consisting of a SMD LED wall and a wall with LED spots) lets moving lights and lamps shine through the wall from behind thereby creating impressive light effects.

Furthermore, PRG provides two MC-7 delay screens for the big open-air concerts in order “to give even those spectators standing 100m away from the stage the impression to be very close to the artist”, explains Felix Wohler (On-Site-Manager PRG). Projecting different live images onto several walls at the same time create proximity to the events on the stage.

The pure size of the site proved to be a true challenge: 
To prevent offset between the events on stage and the projection onto the LED screens, 250 – 300m cable connections must run on glass simultaneously on some sites, Wohler specifies. Hundreds of thousands thrilled spectators cannot be wrong: this challenge has been overcome brilliantly.

The German part of the tour will come to its crowning finale with two (of course sold-out) shows in Düsseldorf, home to the punk band, in October. PRG is thrilled to be part of it and says thank you to everyone involved.

 

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