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03/11/2015 Touring & Concerts

Sido Liebe Live Tour 2015 with PRG

After a 5 day rehearsal time Sido, German rapper, startet his tour through Germany in Frankfurt last Sunday. In the nearly sold-out "Jahrhunderthalle" Sido wowed his fans in the two hour long concert. The stage- and lighting design for the tour was created in the SHOWLABOR of Guenther Jaeckle. The SHOWLABOR provided a unique infrastructure (sound -, lighting - and stage design) by scaling a 1:10 model accurately representing the real stage show in order to rehearse the show in advance. PRG supplied on behalf of United Network Development from Heidelberg complete lighting, among other equipment 26 Clay Paky Myth as well as 32 GLP Impression X4. Sido will occur in 30 cities and give his last concert December 7th in Berlin.

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29/10/2015 Projects

PRG XL Video supports FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AWARD in Berlin

PRG XL Video was this year's partner for event technology of the light art festival FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin. Supported was the 1st FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AWARD at the "Brandenburger Tor" with PRG Mbox Extreme media servers and Barco 40,000 lumen projectors. The equipment by PRG XL Video was carried out in close coordination with the client.



At the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AWARD, an idea by festival founder Birgit Zander of the Agency Zander & Partner, for the first time selected teams for video art and projection mapping competed in a creative competition with each other in two categories: New Dimensions and Visions of Energy. The projection mapping of the six finalists as well as an intro were shown every 30 minutes from 7 pm until 0 am during the duration of the festival. Each projection mapping was evaluated by a jury. Birgit Zander: "We are very proud that the first world competition for video mapping has taken place in Berlin and once again shown that Berlin is an international cultural metropolis.



For 10 years now, the Berlin FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS transforms the capital in an enchanting world full of light art and creative installations during the month October. Various events, adventure activities and tours – all about and under the theme of light – make it an art piece. This video gives you insights on 10 years of FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin.


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26/10/2015

PRG Wins Big in Las Vegas

PRG Takes Home Both an LDI Product Award and a Parnelli Award as “Video Company of the Year”

This past weekend, Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) took home two big wins on Saturday night while exhibiting at LDI 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.  Following an enthusiastic response and non-stop crowds in the PRG booth all Friday and Saturday, the LDI team was awarded the LDI Best Debuting Product – Staging and Rigging for the new PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System. Presented at the LDI Awards event on the show floor and accepted by PRG Product Manager for Luminaires Chris Conti, who thanked PRG’s Technology Development team, based in Dallas. He also thanked the industry colleagues who contributed feedback during development, especially Lighting Designer Bob Barnhart and the Full Flood team for their inspiration towards developing this revolutionary product.

The PRG GroundControl Followspot System allows the spot operator to be in a remote location up to 2,000’ away while operating a high output PRG Bad Boy® Spot automated luminaire as a followspot. GroundControl quite literally places the spot op safely on the ground and the physical footprint within the rig of the luminaire is just 30 inches round and weighs only 172 lbs. Because of this small footprint and low weight, followspots can now be placed in a wider variety of positions than they ever could before, reducing the weight and cumbersome challenges sometimes faced when incorporating a followspot into certain designs.

Later in the evening at the 15th Annual Parnelli Awards, a gala event and dinner held at the Rio Hotel & Casino, PRG was named the Video Rental Company of the Year. The Parnelli, named after Tour & Production Manager Rick ‘Parnelli’ O'Brien, holds prestige in the production industry as it reflects being nominated and voted upon by colleagues industry-wide. The award was accepted by Nick Jackson, Senior Vice President, PRG Music Group.

“This is a real honor,” notes Mickey Curbishley, CEO of the PRG Music Group. “Though the award was for our work on U2, it's really a reflection of everything we do on every level. Congratulations to our entire PRG team, certainly to everyone who worked so hard on the amazing U2 tour and a big thank you to everyone for voting for us as number one. You all keep us at the top of our game.”

The U2 tour’s stunning video visuals, achieved by the tour’s Video Director Stefaan ‘Smasher’ Desmedt, leveraged the scrim-like qualities of the PRG V-Thru LED Video modules. Built into two screens, each 96’ long by 23’ tall, consisted of 240 individual 28mm V-Thru panels with a 66% transparency for true scrim-like effects. Placed on either side of a 96’ long flown catwalk, Smasher took full advantage of the product’s semi-transparency to allow the band members to appear to become part of the video screen and interact with the content. PRG is providing full video support on U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour.

Both wins reflect PRG’s dedication to "work smarter" solutions that are designed to address today's complex production needs with truly uncompromising commitment to innovation, value, and performance. At PRG our pride in results is seen when our solutions become creative tools that are incorporated as element of the audience experience.

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21/10/2015

Audio Sensitive Lighting Cues and an Epic Drive from Will.i.am and Lexus


PRG’s teams in UK and Spain recently collaborated on an exciting promotional project for the new Lexus NX crossover vehicle.

Working in conjunction with film and commercial production company, Minds Eye Media and London communications agency Freuds, for the ‘NX on track’ commercial short for Lexus Europe, PRG supplied some key visual elements for Lighting Designer Matthew Button.

Filming took place at the Marugan Aerodrome near Madrid and featured a giant musical stave created with lasers and lighting. Three Lexus NX crossover vehicles driven by professional stunt drivers were used to trigger the audio sensitive lighting cues, at the correct tempo, to synchronise with the Will.i.am track.

PRG supplied 160 Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, attached to 240 metres of trusses, suspended from 8 cranes above the runway. PRG also supplied 150 GLP Impression X4 bar 20 LED Battens to light either side of the track.  A real challenge for the project was to provide a constant level of haze across the track and to accomplish this we deployed 26 Viper smoke machines each fitted with a 10 inch fan and over 600 metres of ducting. 

PRG UK’s Mathew Ilott was the Account Manager for the project, working with production teams in Longbridge and Madrid to realize Button’s design. He commented:

“This was a fantastic project to be involved with and was a real PRG team effort. Starting with Paul Elkin’s AutoCad drawing, we approached PRG Madrid who, under the guidance of Xavier Theys and crew chief Aitor Beloqui, sourced and tested smoke machines, liaised with the crane company, and then for eight very long days installed and maintained the rig. Aitor also coped brilliantly with the challenge of maintaining an even level of smoke across the runway, despite the ever-changing wind direction.”

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06/10/2015 Projects

Innovative Audio Solutions at the CNN GOP Debate provided by VUE Audiotechnik and Production Resource Group

While one of every seven Americans watched the second 2015 GOP debate, it was what they didn’t see that made the difference. There were none of the usual line array speakers to obstruct the view of the debate stage. Production Resource Group (PRG) and VUE Audiotechnik worked together to deliver an innovative solution that addressed the unique production challenges of the event and the location.

The CNN-broadcast debate took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley, CA, and averaged 23.1 million viewers, becoming the most watched televised debate in CNN’s history.

The GOP debate set was built atop a scaffold-type structure that was around 40’ tall and placed above the Marine One helicopter, with Air Force One as the backdrop for the candidates. Space on the set was limited and designed to handle the 11 candidates, moderators, live audience, and minimal technical crew. For this reason, all of the typical backstage equipment was allocated to one floor below the stage on the second floor of the library.

PRG provided the audio and lighting solutions for this debate and submitted an audio design by PRG Project Manager Mark Boettcher. He worked closely with PRG’s Senior Systems Engineers Bill Daly and Alan Henig, who both have many years of experience with similar systems for televised events. Boettcher explains his process. “I designed a system that would allow me to adjust on the fly using the techniques that we had used successfully in previous installations.” The audio system was installed, tuned, and tested in just two days. Daly and the team tuned the system and time aligned each row.

The audio design featured 24 isolated under-the-seat zones and 11 fold back circuits. Under-seat speaker systems have been used for decades on television projects; nonetheless, in working with the client, PRG recommended this to be the best choice as this was something they’ve had plenty of experience with. The final audio design was implemented with the help of the CNN-hired Mix Engineer Dave Tennant and Audio Assistant Chris Rucker. It featured 142 distributed VUE Audiotechnik i-2x4.5 speakers with 70˚ x 70˚ dispersion placed under seats, with a number of the speakers dressed in red silk speaker fabric to conceal them within the red carpeting for on-stage monitoring.

Working closely with the client, PRG’s solution addressed the fact that the venue was a very reverberant environment and allowed the audio team to keep the overall sound pressure level down low for the show, which in turn provided the best end-product for the television truck. “The biggest challenge of mixing on an event like this is simply knowing where you rank in the eyes of the producers compared to the rest of the production and being okay with it,” Tennant says. “First and foremost is ‘how it looks on TV’; and second would be ‘how it sounds on TV.’ Eventually you get way down on the list to ‘how it sounds in the house.’ However the house ultimately will affect how it sounds on TV, so a great sounding house mix equals a great broadcast mix. Mark and Bill's tuning and timing of the room was spot on. Any adjustments that I had to make during the actual event were extremely minor. Based on the reactions of the live audience, every syllable, nuance, and inflection spoken by the candidates were clearly heard and understood. What more can you ask for?

In addition, with two JitaCams rigged above the audience, there was a concern in adding more obstacles for the camera crew to navigate around for clean camera shots. “While it was a very labor-intensive installation, visually the audience didn’t see any large PA clusters hanging in the camera shots and once the audience was seated it was very difficult to even notice the speakers under the seats. However, they did not hear a sacrifice in audio quality by using this system design technique,” says Boettcher. Tennant adds his thoughts on the audio solution. “Other than 142 speakers distributed across a 5,000 sq. ft. set, the install and setup was actually quite straightforward. Having amp, splitter, and wireless worlds all located on the floor below the set actually simplified the install.

The console of choice for this event was a Yamaha CL5. Boettcher explains, “This provided us with plenty of surface control for the show, plus enough matrix and mix output capabilities to handle the all the requirements.” The stage boxes were connected using Audinate’s Dante (Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet) network routed over CAT5e from the stage boxes (Rio 1608) to the console. “I broke the system out into four zones fed from the console to provide quick access for Dave to adjust on the fly,” continues Boettcher. “These zones were, the front row, remaining main floor, house right bleachers, and house left bleachers.

The speakers, console, and microphones were connected to the set via cabling that was dropped down to the second floor technical compound. For the speaker systems, Neutrik NL8 multi-line speaker cable was used to route four zones of the PA through each cable. “This number worked well, as the locations we chose to break the NL8’s out into separate zones corresponded well with the design,” says Boettcher. “It was even better when we got in the middle of the install and had to re-design on the fly; it offered us the ability to re-route several zones at a time with very minimal effort.

The zoning and fold back requirements were all controlled using four Meyer Galileo 616 loudspeaker management processors. Boettcher chose this specific processor for the large number of outputs and its internal matrix capabilities. “This allowed me to use fewer processors and route just a couple of matrix mixes from the console to the processors and then further matrix the feeds to the correct zones. Additionally, the Galileo processors offer a very solid and reliable network backbone.” Using a Microsoft Surface tablet, Boettcher was able to wirelessly connect through a WiFi router back to the equipment rack, allowing him to walk through the seats. “While Bill (Daly) and I were optimizing the system, I could very quickly, efficiently, and easily adjust any of the parameters within the PA system from the Surface. Historically with a system of this size it would require us to have an operator to sit by the EQ rack for efficiency.” This allowed them to optimize the entire system in less than six hours.

The amplification was entirely provided by Lab.Gruppen FP2400Qs. These were chosen based on their ability to easily run eight VUE i2x4.5 speakers on each amplifier channel. PRGs VUE i-Class loudspeaker inventory is made up of a custom-built model of the i2x4.5 that operates at 16-ohms, allowing larger quantities to run in parallel on each amplifier channel. “Using a four-channel amplifier meant I could use less of them, achieving a higher space to function ratio,” Boettcher explains.
The VUE i-2x4.5 is a compact, two-way loudspeaker designed specifically for near-field applications, offering high output and great low frequency response by combining the a 1-inch, silk-dome, Ferro fluid tweeter with two 4.5-inch, pro level woofers with large magnet assemblies. The drivers are in a "MTM" configuration for symmetrical coverage. All three drivers are mated to a high-quality crossover network to ensure flat frequency response.

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04/10/2015 Video Mapping

Sounds & Lights of Unity

PRG used Barco's HDQ-2K40, the world's brightest projector, to create a unique video mapping onto the Triumphal Arch in Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Yesterday, Brussels was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the German reunification in a spectacular way and PRG was proud to support this project with light, sound and video!
The Triumphal Arch of the Cinquantenaire experienced a unique sound, light and video show. Every hour, an 8-minute video mapping was projected onto the arch, creating a unique vision of the European story: from divided Europe, to the peaceful revolution in Eastern Europe, German reunification and the process of European integration. PRG used 3 Barco HDQ 40, the world's brightest projector, to project on the arch and the 3 screens (18m x 8,5m) we’ve installed between the columns, from a distance of 150m. The projectors were controlled by d3 to recreate the 3D images and perfectly fit to the shapes of the building.

In between the video mapping projections, a unique light show created constantly changing patterns on the beautiful Triumphal Arch and its two wings. The constantly changing light scenes were accompanied by ambient music. The two wings were illuminated with 36 SGM P5 and 36 Sharpy while the pediment (horses) was lighten up by 3 PRG Bad Boys and the arcades by 5 PRG Best Boys. The sound was provided by 24 Adamson Y18 fitted on top of 10m towers, 16 Adamson Y10 used as delay and 24 LS EML S318 used for bass.

The show was designed by Matthias Zeckert, a lighting artist from Berlin and internationally renowned video artists from Amsterdam‑based Vision Impossible. In total, more than 36.000 persons assisted to this fascinating projection mapping.

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PRG XL Video wins AV Awards Best Live Event
29/09/2015 Video Technology

PRG XL Video wins Live Event of the Year at the AV Awards

PRG XL Video are delighted that their UK video team were winners at this year’s AV Awards. The award was collected by Lee Spencer and Phil Mercer at a glitzy ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 25th September.

The successful project, a complex video technology solution for Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’ Live, was jointly undertaken in March 2014 by XL Video and Mixed Emotions London, and won the Live Event of the Year category.

Coldplay's ‘Ghost Stories’ Live – a music show ‘in-the-round’ was staged at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, and was performed in front of an intimate crowd of around 750 people. It included a 360˚ ‘planetarium-style’ mapped projection around the circular walls and across the ceiling of the custom-built set, designed by Misty Buckley.

The live event was also made into a film, directed by Paul Dugdale, and broadcast on television worldwide, reaching an audience of several million viewers. It was later made available on DVD and Blu-Ray and went on to be nominated for a Grammy in the Best Music Film category.

Mercer commented: “We’re delighted to win this award for our work on the Coldplay show. The brief from the band’s Creative Director was challenging, and knowing the film of the show would be used to introduce the album to the world added extra pressure, but our collaboration with Mixed Emotions London created a clever solution, and the result looked fantastic, both at the live show, and on film.”

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08/09/2015 Press Release

Production Resource Group Extends Brand in Germany and United Kingdom to include XL Video

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the United Kingdom to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group.  The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged. 

PRG will continue to use its brand name in all other countries across Europe and North America.  XL Video teams in those territories will be immediately transitioned into the PRG family. 

“Part of our decision to acquire XL Video was the premier value of its brand in many of our markets,” said Jeremiah J. Harris, PRG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “We recognize that the XL Video name and logo are synonymous with outstanding quality, customer service, and technical expertise in some of our territories, equal to that of PRG – and so after careful consideration, we have decided to operate with integrated branding for a transition period in those locations.”

“Our aim when joining the two companies was to create a strong foundation for continued growth,” said Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We believe integrated branding in Germany and the United Kingdom is a terrific introduction of our combined capabilities to our customers and markets.”   

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29/06/2015 Projects

“Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour”

PRG converts marble stone quarry into freestyle motorcycle stage.

Production Resource Group AG (PRG) in Germany supported the prestigious “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour” as it stopped in the Greek capital Athens for the first time, Friday, June 12th. The multi-annual competition, hosted by Red Bull since 2001, sees the best freestyle athletes of the motocross scene (FMX) competing against one another in some of the most fantastically unusual locations around the globe.

The world-renowned Dionyssos marble stone quarry, on the outskirts of Athens, served as the spectacular stage for the second stop of this year’s “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.” Throughout history the quarry birthed many famous Greek and Roman monuments and sculptures, such as the preeminent Acropolis. PRG’s elaborate lighting installation ensured that 12 of the world’s best FMX drivers were able to successfully bridge ancient and modern times. The design for this great show was done by the German lighting designer Florian Schreiter

The installation was challenging – tight access points, wind, dust, darkness, and long cable paths. A complex lighting and power network had to be installed without impairing the performance of the athletes or the view of the 1,000 fans in attendance. At the center of PRG’s solution was four 100kw SoftSuns – providing tremendous brightness to the course while hanging from truck mounted cranes. These are ideal fixtures for lighting large areas and sports events.

Another challenge was presented on an even larger area of 200 x 250 meters. The driveways leading up to the FMX course required light as well, yet no rigging points existed. The solution – PRG constructed a two-story high platform with the help of truck mounted cranes to position the array of lighting fixtures and operating personnel.

The season opening of this year’s “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour” took place at the Plaza de Toros monument in Mexico City, Friday, March 6th. After the stop in Athens the tour continues on Friday, July 10th in Madrid at the bullring “Las Ventas.” The athletes rock the city of Pretoria during their 4th stop Saturday, September 12th. The Tour’s grand finale is Friday, October 30th in the United Arab Emirates. 

Pictures from the “Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour”

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09/06/2015

Production Resource Group Completes Acquisition of XL Video

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of XL Video Group.

“Bringing XL Video into the PRG family profoundly enhances our ability to provide our clients with a comprehensive suite of products and services,” said Jeremiah “Jere” Harris, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group. “The true opportunity however, lies in bringing together the industry’s most passionate and committed people. Our shared values and technical expertise will allow the company to continue to innovate and grow in new and exciting ways.”

XL Video’s worldwide locations will now become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world. Project teams representing each geography, market, and function across the combined organization are currently working together to align and integrate operations to ensure continued excellence in customer service and support.

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12/05/2015 Press Release

Collaboration was the word at the 1st PRG Alliance Summit at Prolight + Sound

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 Website 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



About Production Resource Group Alliance: PRG Alliance is the premier global network of companies partnering to provide access to the best in event production technology, service and expertise, providing global clients consistent production support worldwide. For more information please visit the PRG Alliance website.

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06/05/2015 Press Release

Production Resource Group Announces Plans to Acquire XL Video

New York and Oostende, Belgium  May 6, 2015 – 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 a 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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21/04/2015 Exhibitions

PRG at prolight+sound 2015 in Frankfurt

The annual prolight+sound trade show has become the foremost exhibition for the live event technology industry and runs alongside the musical instrument fair Musikmesse, the two attractions welcomed over 130,000 visitors through their doors over four show days. The Production Resource Group (PRG) continued their intimate association with the event by supplying lighting, rigging and audio to the Live Entertainment Awards presentation, as well as being their headline sponsor. The LEAs take place every spring on the eve of prolight+sound in the Festhalle arena to pay tribute to the organisers of live events. Our installation utilised stock from throughout the PRG pool and demonstrated our ability to coordinate large groups of people working in different countries to create a production of the highest calibre.

The rig was designed by renowned German designer Jerry Appelt, whose previous credits include the Eurovision song contest, the Delhi commonwealth games opening and closing ceremony and the German X Factor TV show. For this project he crafted a design which showcased a selection of products exclusive to PRG and featured 107 Best Boy washes, 12 Best Boy HPs, 36 Bad Boys and 48 Icon beams. We worked closely with fixture manufacturer SGM who provided 112 G Spots, 152 six packs as well as a host of Q7, P5, P2, Q2 and Q7-W fixtures. Across the stage, entrance and product demonstration area there were 774 lighting fixtures, hung from almost 400M of truss.

Video projection was central to the theme and designed to inject the wow factor into an already adventurous demonstration of our capabilities. The centrepiece of which were five projection mapped geometric screens that tracked around the stage during the 9 minute demonstration. Each screen was projected onto by an individual Barco HDQ40 projector, the media server received tracking information from the rigging control to give the exact positioning of each hoist, and was able to calculate the dimensions of the picture which needed to be projected on each screen. In addition to this elaborate feature there were various side screens and a chandelier made up of 480 SGM LB-100 LED balls. All the video content was driven by a D3 media server and a PRG M Box pro media server.

PRG project manager Tom Kaczmarek oversaw the project and assigned a team of experts to make everything happen. The planning stage of the event took an estimated 1600 hours, before 21 trailer-loads of equipment was unloaded at the Festhalle and the rig was assembled in a mere 36 hours. Production Resource Group were thrilled to have welcome approximately 25,000 clients and industry colleagues into our show space and thank everybody for their support. We look forward to returning to Frankfurt in 2016 with an even more ambitious way of showing the rest of the industry what we can do.

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04/03/2015 International

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

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

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.”

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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