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!”