PRG Delivers Multi-Discipline Support for Apple Music Halftime Show and Pregame Coverage

The results are in, and Sunday’s big game was third most watched television program ever. More than 118 million viewers and 7 million streamers watched as The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles went head-to-head in the big game, and Rihanna took the stage during halftime for her first performance since 2018. PRG brought technical labor, lighting, rigging, networking and LED to 2023’s pregame coverage and player introductions, and once again provided lighting and networking for the Apple Music Halftime Show.

Below are a few highlights of PRG’s participation:


Pregame LED, Lighting and Rigging
Production Club was back designing the custom light show, video wall and display featured in FOX sports coverage prior to Sunday’s game. PRG provided lighting and LED for the Lombardi Trophy presentation, lighting for DJ Snake’s performance, and lighting and LED for the player intros.


Photo by Danilo Lewis

Live locker room footage featured PRG’s tunnel lighting and LED walls. Then, players from both teams entered the field through custom carts fabricated by All Access, outfitted in ROE CB5 LED panels and lighting supplied by PRG. Production Club described it as “a vornado of scenic, lighting, SFX and video.” Visuals were Art Directed by Native Arizonian and Navajo Artist Randy L. Barton.

Tim Fallon acted as the Technical Director with Sophie Reeves as Lead Producer and Griffin Behm as Designer and LD for the segment.

PRG sent six lighting technicians, a fiber networking engineer, and an on-site project manager for the pregame segment. The lighting order included four GrandMA2 consoles distributed on site and more than 100 fixtures.


Halftime Lighting and Networking

Rihanna made her highly anticipated, gravity-defying debut to the halftime stage, featuring seven flown platforms, more than 200 dancers in all white, and zero guest performers. This was Rihanna’s solo moment, and the Roc Nation superstar artist did not disappoint, playing a medley of her biggest hits before finishing off the 13-minute mash-up with a performance of her song ‘Diamonds’.

PRG has been the trusted lighting provider of the halftime show for more than 20 years, and this year, in partnership with PRG Forum, is once again providing lighting and fiber network integration throughout the stadium for the lighting design by Al Gurdon and Ben Green. The Lighting Director was Harry Forster, with Eric Marchwinski and Mark Humphrey programming the show and Alen Sisul gaffing. Willo Perron conceptualized the show, with Bruce Rodgers as Creative Director and Production Designer.

Gear from PRG included cables, networking, power, infrastructure and more than 600 lighting fixtures, among them 6 proprietary PRG GroundControl Longthrow™ units, controlled by three Full GrandMA3s and one Light.

During the halftime commentary, fans got a glimpse of the 7.5-minute setup, as the crew quickly assembled the stage and all production elements.

“This halftime show was a historic moment for Roc Nation, and PRG was proud to support it,” said PRG VP of Sales Tony Ward. “Providing lighting for the most watched moment in television is a challenge and a privilege that we look forward to taking on each year.”


Pre-Game Lighting Crew
Lighting Designer & LD: Griffin Behm
Technical Director: Tim Fallon
Lead Producer: Sophie Reeves
PRG Account Executive: Bobby Allen
PRG Project Manager: Bryan Barry
Fiber / Stadium Lighting Tech: Michael Dodge
Lighting PM: Josh Fenn
Lighting Crew Chief: Thomas Walls
Lighting Tech: Luis “Koach” Collazo
Lighting Tech: Shawn Whitton
Lighting Tech: Ryan Textor
LED Lead: Josh Marrano
LED Tech: Colton Carroll

Design Concept by Willo Perron and Rihanna
Creative Direction and Production Design: Bruce Rodgers
Art Direction: Shelley Rodgers, Lindsey Breslauer, Maria Garcia and Lily Rodgers.
Art Department: Regan Eastland

Lighting Crew
Lighting Designer: Al Gurdon and Ben Green
Lighting Director: Harry Forster
Lighting Director/ML Programmer: Eric Marchwinski and Mark Humphrey
Gaffer: Alen Sisul
Lead Best Boy: John Cox
Best Boys: Dennis Sisul, Chris Latsch, Damon Isaacks
Best Boys / Followspots: Adam Hagin, Michael Smallman, Daisy Toledo, Ron Murphy
Pre-vis Tech: Nicholas Coauette
Lighting Systems Tech: Jonathan Martin and Aria Grosvenor
PRG Chief Tech: Robb Minnotte
PRG Lead Techs: Matt Genezcko, Janos Bode
22 Degrees Lighting Project Coordinator: Marie Turner
PRG Account Managers: Tony Ward and Patrick Osuna

Executive Producer/Director: Shawn Carter
Executive Producer/Co-Director: Desiree Perez
Associate Director: Cameron Whitelaw
Executive Producers: Jesse Collins and Jay Brown
Producer/Director: Hamish Hamilton
Co-Executive Producer: Dionne Harmon
Event Producer: Dave Meyers
ROCNATION: Jana Fleishman
Supervising Producer: Aaron Cooke

Pre-Game Gear
8x Vari-Lite VL6000
20x GLP JDC Line 1000
14x Martin VDO Fatron
38x Martin Rush Par 2
7x ARRI Skypanel
10x Chroma-Q Color Force II 72
3x Chroma-Q Color Force II 48
2x Source 4 LED Lustr

40x ROE CB5 tiles
5x ROE CB3 tiles

2x GrandMA2 Full
2x GrandMA2 Light

13x Pathway VIA12 6740 w/SM SFP
11x Pathway OCTO
4x Pathway eLink

Halftime Lighting
146x Vari-lite VL3600 Profile
72x Robe Robin 1200
35x Vari-lite VL2600
325x GLP X4
76x TMB Solaris Flare
6x Strong Gladiator IV
6x Britebox Flame LT3000
6x PRG GroundControl LongThrow
3x MA Lighting grandMA3 Full
1x MA Lighting grandMA3 Lite
2x zactrack PRO servers

4x MDG theONE
8x Reel EFX Diffusion DF-50
8x Reel EFX Fans

24x PRG Virtuoso Super Node
2x SMPTE Distripalyzer Brainstorm
24x Pathway VIA12 6742