Stephan Paridaen is a Belgian born entrepreneur who has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 25 years. He studied economics at the University of Antwerp and received an MBA at the Vrije University of Brussels, all while founding a software company for the construction industry. He then continued his education and earned a degree from Harvard University.
In 1993, Stephan was hired as laureate of the Prince Albert Fund by Barco, an industry leader in digital projection and imaging technology. He was sent to Prague to develop the emerging Eastern European markets and shortly after transferred to Singapore as the company’s Asia sales and marketing lead.
Upon returning to Belgium, Stephan founded Barco’s LED display division which led to the development of projection systems that transformed digital cinema globally and formed the basis for Barco’s Media & Entertainment division, which he led from 2001 to 2009.
In 2010, Stephan joined PRG out of Belgium, where he’s played a key role overseeing the acquisitions, development and continual growth of the EMEA and APAC markets, improving operational results and expanding offerings as President and COO of the company.
Now in 2022, Stephan begins his next chapter at PRG as CEO based out of New York City.
Stephan Paridaen is a Belgian born entrepreneur who has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 25 years. He studied economics at the University of Antwerp and received an MBA at the Vrije University of Brussels, all while founding a software company for the construction industry. He then continued his education and earned a degree from Harvard University.
Jere is widely recognized as a transformative figure in entertainment and event production, having led PRG to become a global company serving the theatre, film, television, broadcast, concert touring, events and staging and hotels markets. Today PRG has 43 locations spanning five continents and holds over 350 patents and trademarks for its proprietary technology. Jere founded Production Resource Group, L.L.C., in 1995, and guided its growth through strategic acquisitions in lighting, audio, video, automation, scenic and labor solutions. He is part of the fourth generation of a family of theatre pioneers and took his first job in a scenic shop at age 16. Among his many professional accomplishments, he presented EFX, an entertainment landmark which opened at the MGM Las Vegas and ran for nearly eight years. He also produced Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the most technically complex production ever mounted on a Broadway stage. Jere has earned top honors across market segments, including four Tony Awards, multiple Drama Desk Awards, and an Engineering Emmy Award for PRG’s GroundControl Followspot system. He is also the recipient of the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition in the live event industry.
Prior to joining PRG, Greg served in multiple HR and legal leadership roles including positions at the Better Being Company, a global vitamin and supplement provider, Foamex International, Inc., a publicly traded producer of polyurethane foam products with revenue of more than $1.3 billion, and Inhance Technologies, an international provider of chemical based technology solutions. He also served as a partner in the boutique law firm Paisner Litvin, LLP, where he was outside general counsel and labor and employment counsel for companies in multiple sectors.
Greg holds a B.S. in Management from Fairfield University in Connecticut and Juris Doctorate and MBA degrees from Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware. He and his wife reside in a suburb of Philadelphia along with their three sons.
Promoted to his new role in April 2020, Scott is in charge of PRG’s extensive operations, heading our AOL team (Assets, Operations & Logistics). With 22 years of service with the company, he is exceptionally well prepared to lead the ongoing operations and initiatives of a company with such significant and diverse technologies, inventory markets and locations. His scope also includes the company’s capital expenditure plan, including the production of our proprietary products and asset strategy initiatives.
Having joined PRG in 1997, Scott has developed a unique legacy expertise in both financial and operational management of the company. In his previous role, as in his current one, he directed the massive network of facilities, systems, equipment and people that underlie every project fulfilled across our markets. With an Accounting degree from the University of Albany, Scott is a CPA and first came to PRG from the professional services firm Ernst & Young.
Manus, who was appointed to his newly created role in April 2020, oversees PRG’s North American markets in TV & Film; Music; Corporate Events and Staging & Hotels. Since arriving at PRG in October 2018, he has taken on increasingly responsible roles, progressing to SVP, Corporate Events and Staging.
His most recent experience was at Exelon, a Fortune 100 energy and utility company, where he had a 19-year tenure, most recently as Executive Director of Commercial Performance & Improvement at its Constellation subsidiary. At Exelon, he built an exceptional track record for driving improvement and leading transformation. Among his accomplishments, he led six integrations in four years, achieving financial synergies of $41M while sustaining and elevating operational performance. His previous experience includes positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates. Manus holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, followed by graduate studies in Economics at Temple University.
Joe Schenk, Sr. has been with PRG for over 25 years and in his current role as Executive Vice President oversees PRG’s Crew Services, the company’s labor division.
He is a native Californian who proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard before moving to Las Vegas to pursue a degree in Political Science from UNLV. In Las Vegas, Schenk Sr. became a member of I.A.T.S.E Local 720 and kickstarted his career in the event production industry.
From being the youngest member of Local to become the head carpenter at the Desert Hotel & Casino to becoming a Principal at Steve Wynn’s Buccaneer Bay project at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Schenk has certainly left his mark on the Las Vegas entertainment scene. He’s also had the honor to production manage all of Wayne Newton’s USO and Celebrity USO tours since 1978.
Schenk started at PRG as VP of Sales for Las Vegas and today serves as Executive Vice President. He enjoys classic cars, golf, spending time with his family and his beautiful wife of 33 years.
Chris leads PRG Innovation, which brings into a single organization all of our global talent focused on product development. He has been listed as an inventor on 15 U.S. patents to date and supported countless others. In 2018, he was part of the team recognized with an Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for outstanding achievement for PRG’s GroundControl Followspot System. He joined PRG in 2004 from Vari-Lite, where he worked on touring crews internationally, and since then, has led or participated in some of the PRG’s most ambitious productions in concert touring, TV, corporate events and special events like the Olympics and the Super Bowl Halftime show, Chris is a graduate of Wittenburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.
Ron’s background is in brand strategy and marketing communications in the media industry. He joined PRG in November 2018, from political news site The Hill, where he launched the first digital video channel producing from inside the beltway, as well as the brand’s content studio, data offering and updated newsletter line-up. Previously, he developed corporate brand strategy for Condé Nast, helping to lead that company’s digital transformation through the creation of its premium content network, as well as its first-ever socially driven brand campaign. He has held executive roles at Glamour, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Allure, Travel & Leisure and more. On seven occasions, the brand at which he was marketing lead made Adweek’s ‘hot list’. Ron has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland.
Lauren Hendricks joined PRG in September to lead the new business development team in our Corporate Events market. She is a proven sales director with experience in adtech and media. Most recently, she was SVP Sales at mobile advertising platform Kargo, where she managed sales strategy and supply-side business development for the company’s base of premium publishers, representing $100+ million in ad revenue. Prior positions include VP of Sales at The Lucky Group and Associate Publisher of InStyle, responsible for each brand’s advertising revenue. Lauren has a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Marist College.
Based in PRG’s office in New Windsor, Mark is the General Manager for Scenic Technologies, handling the Sales, Project Management and Business Development for this location; His main responsibility is to PRG’s core markets while also looking to develop business relationships that can take advantage of our unique capabilities of bringing common fabrication and construction techniques and creative arts together.
Additionally, Mark oversees the Project Management Team for PRG Scenic Technologies and tracks all the financials for each project. Drawing on his 20 plus years of experience working in the entertainment business, he guides the management of work in all PRG’s Scenic Markets, ranging from Theatrical Productions, Themed Environments as well as Corporate, Concert Touring and Permanent Installation projects.
Within PRG, Mark was the Director of Projects for STNY from 2012 – 2018, Senior Project Manager from 2005 – 2012 and managed some of STNY’s largest most high profile shows, including Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, Tarzan, Scenic Additions to Le Reve, as well as multiple steel fabrication installations for the Phantom Chandeliers touring across North America. Other notable productions are: Britney Spears Femme Fatale tour, and Rihanna at the Robin Hood Ball, as well as Annie, Bring it On, Ghost, Million Dollar Quartet, Wedding Singer, and Grey Gardens on Broadway, to name a few.
Prior to PRG, Mark worked as a show carpenter, master carpenter, and technical director for Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT for 11 years. Mark’s other experiences include freelance carpentry and rigging for companies in the CT area, most notably, United Staging. Mark has shared his skills and talent by teaching Technical Production for Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, CT.
Mark has a B.F.A. in Technical Design for the Theatre from Syracuse University, with a minor in Architecture and Art History.
John began his career in live event production in 1979 as the concert chairman at California State University, Sacramento. Shortly after, he launched a small production company and began managing local bands, one of which, Steel Breeze, was signed to RCA records with John as their manager and executive producer. The band went on to support national tours for Kansas, Hall & Oates, and The Who, opening the door for John and his long career in the concert touring industry.
In 1985, John was recruited by Wil Sharpe, President /CEO of legendary production company Showco Inc., to develop a sales and marketing plan for their fledgling subsidiary Vari-Lite. Over the next 7 years, Vari-Lite grew to become the largest automated lighting company in the world and firmly established automated lighting as the standard in concert touring, television, film, theaters and theme parks, creating an entirely new market.
He continued to further his career in manufacturing and sales by introducing the premier Italian manufacture, Coemar’s automated lighting fixtures to the U.S. market. In 1996 he joined High End Systems/Flying Pig Systems as Executive Vice President, running their worldwide sales force and joining their Board of Directors until 2004. While there, John was instrumental in launching Catalyst, the first computer-based media server that integrated lighting and video into one discipline.
In a move to get back to being on the front lines of productions, in 2004 John accepted an offer to become the CEO of XL Touring Video. After four successful years, he broke off to create his own company, Chaos Visual Productions, which was acquired by PRG in 2015.
John currently resides in Northern Nevada and in his current role as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales, he enjoys the partnership and breadth of PRG’s world class capability to service high end clients such as Beyonce, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Keith Urban and oversees executive touring services for Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, and Ricky Martin.
With a career that includes more than 30 years of multi-industry experience in developing and managing global sales teams, Jens has been with PRG since its merger with PROCON Multimedia in November 2009. He came to the U.S. to lead PRG’s sales effort in Corporate Events, and, in 2018, moved to L.A. to apply his knowledge and skills to Entertainment. While at PROCON, he served as Chief Sales Officer and Executive Board Member, responsible for the European, African and Asian markets. Previous experience includes executive sales, marketing and management roles at IT companies and at the Mercedes Benz’s retail organization in his native Germany. He studied economics and has a Masters in International Business Administration.
Carl is an established sales executive whose career in television and film production began after graduation from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Communications and Media. His early work experience started with editorial at Bloomberg News and in camera engineering and client management at a boutique rental company in Manhattan. At VER, which was acquired with its sizable camera division by PRG in 2018, Carl progressed to National Account Executive, Director of Sales for TV & Film, and most recently Vice President of Television & Film, East. Carl has played a central role in PRG’s growing presence in television and film, and a leading role in the development of new facilities in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Chicago while providing strategic direction to meet evolving needs of producers and content creators. As a labor of love, Carl Cook was also an Executive Producer on “The Light of the Moon,” an SXSW Audience Choice award-winning film.
Matthew Carson has been working in the entertainment industry since he was a teenager. He studied theater at the University of Wisconsin, as well as The Florida State University where he received an MFA in Technical Production. After receiving his degree, he spent two years teaching theater at The University of Central Florida, in Orlando. In 1997, Matthew left teaching and accepted a position as an Account Executive with The FX Group, an Emmy award-winning scenic design and fabrication company, specializing in the Corporate Meeting and Broadcast industries. In 2000, Matthew left FX to work as a freelance Technical Director and Producer for the corporate meeting market. After two years of working freelance, Matthew, along with a partner, started Odyssey Creative, a production company focused on meetings and digital media. Late in 2004, Matthew returned to The FX Group as the Director of Operations, and eventually served as the President until June of 2009. In 2009 Matthew joined Production Resource Group as an Account Executive, specializing in creative agency sales. In 2015, Matthew was asked to lead the channel sales team that services PRG’s corporate event customers.
Randy Hutson is CEO of PRG’s Music Group. He came to us from Dallas-based Hutson Sound Design, where he provided sound design and engineering services to major corporate clients for 11 years. An audio professional of long standing, Randy toured with James Taylor for 15 years, and his name appears as sound engineer on a number of Taylor’s albums. He also has worked with a long list of other high-profile entertainers and events, including Prince, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, the American Music Awards, Live Aid and Farm Aid.
Randy came to PRG in 2007 to develop their audio business, and eventually relocated to the Chicago area to serve as the Vice-President of PRG Audio and the General Manager of PRG Chicago in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Chicago facility consistently performed well under Randy’s leadership. He went on to serve as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment West before accepting his current position.
With 15 years in architecture, engineering and construction and 25 years in entertainment, Jim has led PRG’s efforts in some of the largest and most unique productions.
Jim develops scenic solutions for PRG’s commercial and architectural markets, including theatres, sports facilities, corporate centers, retail centers and themed attractions. He joined PRG in 1993, and during his tenure has been responsible for multiple patents and has been recognized with top honors in the production industry.
A trained architect, Jim was involved in the design and construction of AT&T’s corporate headquarters, branch offices of Bank of New York, Giants Stadium and Meadowlands Racetrack. Other projects have included The Marvel Experience, a 125,000 square foot immersive touring experience under five domes, theme park attractions such as Terminator 2 in 3D, Twister and The Cat in the Hat at Universal Studios’ theme parks; in Las Vegas, Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, The Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio, and outdoor attractions at the Wynn; and in retail NikeTown® flagship stores in NYC and Las Vegas.
Global sporting productions to Jim’s credit have included the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, where PRG designed and rigged an enormous cylindrical scenic element aerial and other performances. Known as the “halo”, it was awarded a prestigious PLASA “Rock Our World” Award for “ground-breaking achievement”.
Jim was PRG’s lead on the FOX Sports Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square Broadcast Studio, the largest temporary structure ever erected in Times Square, which even featured a mini-football field on its roof.
Alex join PRG in early 2018 as the Director of Corporate Development where he advised on a number of strategic M&A transactions that expanded PRG’s international presence in TV and Film, most notably with the acquisition of VER. He transitioned to the Broadway division in 2020 and now manages the lighting, audio and video teams in Secaucus, NY. Outside of PRG, he owns and manages Fortress Productions and was the Founding Executive Director of the Corkscrew Theater Festival, a multi-venue theatrical non-profit in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and worked at Bank of America and Natixis prior to joining PRG.
Known as Hamish in the industry, Hamish brings more than 30 years of Entertainment industry Experience. Has Toured with acts like U2, Metallica, Nirvana, Rod Stewart and other high-profile entertainers, and worked with service providers in the U.S., Australia, U.K. and Europe. Has been responsible for managing and directing operational functions for large entertainment service providers in multiple countries. A leader with proven success at companies including VER, Tait Towers, Epic Productions, Vari-Lite International and Light & Sound Design. Hamish has a drive for excellence and success!
Pulling from a broad array of life experiences, both personal and professional, Troy becomes more focused and centered when the pressure is on.
Troy has a BFA in Technical Direction and Production Management from Purchase College. He has been a Project Manager for Broadway Shows, Corporate Events and Concert Tours. He has also lead a team of Technical Designers and Professional Engineers to create some of the most sophisticated Automation on Broadway. Currently serving as the General Manager of Scenic Technologies operations, Troy is able to influence the direction of the solutions we provide and to cultivate a talented and strong team of technicians, designers and managers.
Striving to be at the leading edge of technology and looking to use equipment that is outside of the typical industry scene helps give PRG's clients innovative and exciting solutions.
Some of the Productions that Troy has helped bring to life are: Shrek The Musical, Book of Mormon, Macy's Christmas Windows (2005 and 2010), Britney Spears 'Circus Tour', Kylie Minogue 'For Your, For Me', Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, International Indian Film Academy (Toronto 2011), Queen + Adam Lambert (2014-15), Mary Poppins (1st National)
Joe brings deep legacy knowledge of the company to his new role on the financial leadership team. He was central to the lengthy negotiations leading up to acquisition of VER–and equally, to the integration that followed it. He joined the company in August 2016, after serving as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Blyth, Inc., a multi-national consumer products company. During his 16 years there, he was instrumental to the company’s growth, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and IPOs. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University and is a CPA. After college, he became an Audit Senior at Coopers & Lybrand LLP, which was incorporated into PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Karolin joined PRG in 2009 and in her current role as Vice President of FP&A for the North American markets supports senior leadership and business partners in strategic decisions and performance integration.
Karolin was the first Finance intern for PRG in the Las Vegas depot and since has held numerous roles within the department – from staff accountant to controller for the Las Vegas depot and supporting the Corporate Events market as the Director of Finance since 2018. Her passion for the Entertainment industry grew strongly while working closely with the operations and sales team as well as the production and scenery facets of the business alongside industry veterans.
Karolin is originally from Munich, Germany and attended law school in Austria and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dan joined PRG in 2010 and has served in various capacities in both the United States and EMEA. He plays an essential role in providing information that guides decision-making and strategy for both corporate leadership and our market groups. Dan started his career at the Company’s New York offices and moved to Germany in 2012 to assist with various integration projects following a series of acquisitions. In 2016, Dan moved to our London offices to assist with the integration of XL Video, developing into a permanent role as Director of Finance, EMEA. Dan moved back to the United States at the end of 2019 to fulfill his current role. Dan holds a B.S. in Finance from St. John’s University.
Susan has been with PRG for over 22 years. In addition to being SVP of Counsel, Susan is co-leader of PRG’s COVID-19 response team. During her tenure at PRG, among other responsibilities, she has worked closely with the market leaders and the sales teams in establishing a better understanding of contract terms, insurance requirements, and legal compliance that impact all aspects of our work, including theater, music, film/tv, corporate events, livestream and more. Susan works closely with HR to advise, guide and develop policies that strive to create a safe and positive work environment for all. She also works alongside other senior leaders to advise on real estate, IT, insurance, compliance, and marketing. Prior to joining PRG, Susan worked as an assistant district attorney in Queens, NY, prosecuting all types and levels of criminal cases. Susan has a B.S. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a J.D. from The Cardozo School of Law.
As PRG’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, Bob oversees all of the company’s legal affairs and has had an active role in all of the company’s acquisitions and capital transactions.
Prior to joining PRG in 1997, Bob served as a partner at the law firm of Pepe & Hazard LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, and as an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York City.
Bob received his JD from Columbia University Law School, an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
As PRG’s Director of Brand Marketing and Content Laura oversees the company’s North American social, video and digital content.
She began at PRG in 2016 and in her role works with the global marketing team, internal stakeholders and third-party professionals to reinforce PRG’s brand in the marketplace.
For more than 10 years, Laura has curated her passion for digital anthropology as a creative marketer and storyteller. A proud (yes, really) South Florida native, she moved to NYC in 2011 and began working for former Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl’s S2BN Entertainment, where she worked on projects including Rock of Ages, The Marvel Experience, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live, An Evening with Oprah Winfrey and Their Mortal Remains: The Pink Floyd Exhibition.
Laura has a B.S. in Advertising and Marketing from Florida International University.
Alex joined PRG in 2018 with the acquisition of VER where she spent the two years prior developing cross-market brand strategies for key touch points in the customer journey across email, web, and digital.
As PRG’s Director of Marketing, North American Markets, she works closely with market leaders developing and executing integrated marketing campaigns.
Now located in LA, Alex is a proud Chicagoan who’s passion for entertainment started her career off in sponsorship sales at Live Nation. Previous roles include a Brand Delivery Manager at InnerWorkings diving into clients’ brand strategies across print, branded merchandise, packaging, and retail environments, and as Studio Client & Marketing Manager contributed to the growth and brand development for e-Commerce start-up, Snap36.
Alex holds a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising from DePaul University.
Gary began his entertainment technology career in 1985, when he joined Score Systems Ltd., which was later acquired by Christie Lites. From there, he went on to Westsun, which PRG acquired in 2002, and he became GM of the company’s Toronto office. He progressed through increasingly responsible roles before being assigned to Europe in 2010, first as Chief Operating Officer UK, and ultimately to his current position of Chief Operating Officer EMEA/APAC, where he coordinates and manages our international operations. He travels extensively throughout our locations, focused on increasing utilization and conducting project assessments as well as customer satisfaction and P&L reviews. In addition, Gary has managed major integrations in both North America and the E.U., most recently this year’s Delta Sound Middle East acquisition.
Morten Carlsson has been with PRG since 2009. He founded the Procon Bühnenproduktions GmbH in 1988 with two other shareholders and led the company until 1999 as Managing Director. During the time of the public listing, he was a Member of the Executive Board and then went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Following the acquisition of Procon MultiMedia AG by PRG in 2009, he led marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He most recently served as CEO Entertainment in North America, and now is back in Europe acting as Chief Digital Officer EMEA.
Valérie Cuno began her career in the entertainment industry in 2003. She applies her prior experience in the field of advertising as a creative designer to her current position as Chief Marketing Officer for PRG in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Valerie has a solid background in multilingual brand strategy and culture that informs PRG’s fast paced communications.
Tom is PRG’s Chief Executive Officer for Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain. In parallel, he is also Vice President Global Special Events and responsible for all business development and PRG’s strategic positioning in Sports and Special Events on a global scale, with all PRG companies.
It is in 1994 that Tom began his career in the entertainment industry during his Bachelor studies Marketing in Belgium.
In the last 20+ years he has been working in the industry in several positions both on local and european level, as well as on a global level for the PRG Group.
Tom successfully finished a Global MBA program in 2009 at Manchester Business School. A program that in collaboration with the World Academy of Sports linked the MBA to the Sports and Major/Special Events industry.
Peter McCann is the Chief Executive Officer, Middle East operations. Beginning his career in London in the mid-80’s, Peter’s 30 years of experience in the world of ‘industrial theatre’ have allowed him to deliver technical excellence and a creative edge to the communications process for many regional and global event companies in the live event environment. With experience working within a number of the UK’s leading event production companies delivering corporate, public and governmental events across the world, Peter gained significant exposure in the structuring of presentations, management of projects and fiscal control that has delivered him the drive and capabilities to grow his own business.
After founding a regional office in the UAE, Peter partnered with Anis Al Jallaf and acquired Gearhouse LLC in 2001, establishing the company at the forefront of the event services industry across the GCC. When the company was acquired by PRG in 2014, Peter’s focus on growing this regional office continued and the mission is clear; attract talent to the region to match the rapidly maturing event sector and maintain the company’s position as the key industry player in the Middle East. Managing PRG has offered the opportunity for Peter to bring his accumulated skills to bear on numerous corporate, entertainment and government projects across the GCC and has placed the company in a strong position to take advantage of the growing opportunities found across this vibrant region.
John is responsible for PRG's activities in Asia-Pacific, including key locations in Japan, Shanghai and Australia. He began his career in 1984 as a founding partner in a successful design and fabrication studio serving the film and television industry and in a range of roles with touring theater productions. In the 1990's, he joined NBC's Studio 8H as an electrics stagehand for Saturday Night Live and managed shop operations for a New York-based visual merchandising studio focused on retail, corporate events and themed environments.
He joined PRG's Scenic Technologies division in 1998 where he was responsible for a number of major projects including the construction of the Kyoto, Umi and Jiyuu theaters in Japan; The Rose Theater and The Allen Room for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; and Korea's first-ever musical theater, the Charlotte Theater in Seoul. John also led teams responsible for scenic and motion control elements for a number of acclaimed live productions in major cities globally.
Richard has wealth of knowledge and experience gained over 28 years of working in the Entertainment Industry and being part of the local UK and European PRG Management teams holding numerous critical roles since joining the group in 1999. Qualified as a Certified and Chartered Accountant Richard was the Financial Director and co-founder of The Spot Company that was acquired along with Midnight Design by PRG in 1999. In this time Richard has successfully led a number of international mergers, acquisitions, and integration projects for PRG, as well as overseeing the sustained growth and financial health of the UK & European companies during that period.
Richard’s primary focus in his new role as CEO for PRG UK will be re-establishing the Company’s customer focus and further developing our core offerings across all markets. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar and Moto-crossing.
Clay started with the original Showco / Vari-Lite Engineering team in 1982. Over his decades with the company he held many positions including President of Showco and eventually President of Vari-Lite International. After a brief hiatus, he returned to PRG as the General Manger of the Dallas office. Currently Clay holds the position of Vice President in the National Products Group as well as General Manager of PRG Innovations in Dallas, TX. “Everything I am is because of The Lord, my family and the countless people I have met along the way. I am very fortunate and truly grateful.”
Jeroen O.G. Hallaert is a long-time entertainment service executive with extensive experience supporting feature film and television projects. Mr. Hallaert has a proven track record of building business and providing turnaround management to entertainment industry service providers. With over 25 years experience in live production and entertainment industry solutions, Mr. Hallaert has provided strong technical, operational, managerial and executive advisement to many prominent companies in the entertainment industry.
In 2003 Mr Hallaert ran away with the Circus and joined the largest theatrical producer in the world, Cirque du Soleil. After a career under the big top he joined Production Resource Group (PRG) in Belgium in 2013 and was asked to relocate to PRG Los Angeles in 2017, where he leads the Production Services department, including overseeing PRG’s feature film and television offerings in Virtual Production. His team is the 'force' behind PRG’s Enhanced Environments feature film and television services, creating dynamic lighting so talent and crew alike see and perform against real-time backgrounds, without the guesswork of an empty green screen.
Mr. Hallaert holds Master Degrees in Architecture and the Arts, giving him a well-rounded perspective of the industry and this has taken him around the globe. He is a high-energy executive with an outstanding track record of evangelizing new technology, spanning both strategic and operational functions.
Anne oversees the development of strategies and communications around PRG’s custom solutions and proprietary technologies for the Innovation Group. She works closely with the market leaders to increase awareness of the company’s technical expertise across our market segments. Anne developed the market strategies, launch plans and training programs for PRG’s award-winning Bad Boy® and Best Boy® luminaires.
In previous roles at PRG, Anne led the global brand unification effort following PRG’s expansion into 40 offices across Asia Pacific, Europe, Australia, North America and South America. She was VP of the Systems Installations Group and prior to that, she was the Sales Manager for the lighting division in the northeast.
Anne has a BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida.
Frederic Opsomer is a creative thinker constantly looking for new ways of innovation and development.
Frederic turned towards the rental market of Video & Projectors and made his first steps in the industry in the mid-eighties. In 1995 he founded his own company Innovative Designs Belgium, which he successfully managed for 15 years. Joining Barco, leading provider of professional video systems, he managed numerous projects as Vice President Architainment, a synergistic work between Architecture and Entertainment.
Prior to creating and leading the PRG R&D entity in Belgium he also acted as CEO of Tait Technologies Belgium, experts in manufacturing, engineering and design in the technology sector.
Frederic is not only familiar with the conceptual side of LED innovations but the practical side as well. As a seasoned member of the industry, Frederic continues to enhance the audience’s experience with a variety of visual spectacles. Frederic’s career highlights include; the introduction of the stage screen at Eurovision (1989), the rigging cube system “Digiwall” for U2 ZOOTV Tour (1993), the first concert touring LED Screen for U2 POPMART (1997), the London Olympics pixel tablets (2012), and PRG SPACEFRAME for U2 Joshua Tree Tour (2016). Frederic was on the forefront of video technology 30 years ago, starting with U2 – and has been a pioneer and innovator of technology that has change the industry ever since.
Darren, who passed away in May of 2020, was PRG’s CEO, Global Theatre and responsible for the company’s theatrical division, which includes Broadway, the West End and touring productions. He was also President of PRG’s Northeast US Operations, overseeing audio, video, and lighting.
Darren was a beloved figure in the industry with a career spanning more than 40 years, beginning in 1979 with work as a stagehand on Broadway’s Peter Pan starring Sandy Duncan. He was the fourth generation of DeVernas to have worked in the business.
Over his 20 year tenure at PRG, he led the company to its dominant position in the market for theatrical production services and helped introduce transformative innovations in technology. Previously, he had served as President of Four Star Lighting.
Darren was also a prolific producer with numerous shows to his credit, including Jagged Little Pill, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, The Prom, King Kong, The Band’s Visit, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, SpongeBob the Musical, and Tuck Everlasting. He was also involved with London productions of Rock of Ages and An American In Paris and was an investor in London’s Charing Cross Theatre.
As president of PRG's Scenic Technologies, Fred provides overall direction to PRG's scenic and automation operations and serves as the primary contact for the theatre market. Through Fred's efforts, PRG has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of scenery and automation for theatrical productions.
Fred co-founded PRG and Scenic Technologies together with Jere Harris, PRG's Chairman & CEO. He grew up in a well-known family of Broadway Stagehands and began building scenery at the age of 10. After completing a degree in Architectural Engineering, Fred served as a production carpenter on many Broadway shows. He also worked as a shop craftsman for many major films shot in New York, including “All that Jazz”, “Moscow over the Hudson”, “Fame”, “Money Pit”, “The World According to Garp”, “Sophie's Choice” and many others.
Fred has supervised the build and engineering design for countless scenic projects as well as helped to develop Stage Command®, the companies patented scenic automation system.Under Fred's direction, Stage Command® revolutionized the way scenic effects are delivered in live performances, automating the scenic elements in such ground-breaking productions as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserable, and Beauty and the Beast and King Kong which opened on Broadway in November 2018.
In Las Vegas, Fred was instrumental in the engineering design and developments of the EFX show at the MGM Grand, the Conservatory at the Bellagio, the Masquerade in the Sky at the Rio and Star Trek: The experience at the Hilton. In the themed attraction market, Fred oversaw the engineering and fabrication of the Twister and Dr. Seuss attractions at Universal Studios in Orlando and Terminator 2 in 3D at Universal’s parks in Orlando, Los Angeles and Japan.
Fred holds patents for theatrical equipment he designed and frequently serves as a consultant on the engineering of theatrical rigging systems for theatres worldwide. Over the past 12 years, he has designed the renovation of over 135 theatres to enable them to present large and technically sophisticated productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Spider-Man, turn off the Dark, King Kong, the musical.
John helped co-found PRG in 1984. Since joining the company, he has managed the implementation of many of its most important projects in the car show, trade show, corporate event, and special event markets. His major projects have included the medals presentation plaza for the 2002 Winter Olympics, exhibits and press events for Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota, corporate events for GlaxoSmithKline, Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, and Phillip Morris, trade show exhibits for Nike and Avaya, road shows for State Farm Insurance and the Marlboro Adventure Team, and numerous theme park attractions for Universal Studios, Disney, and other theme park operators.
Based in PRG’s New Windsor scenic operations, John enjoys solving very difficult production challenges. His extensive experience enables him to borrow techniques from a wide range of markets and applications in developing his solutions.
Prior to joining PRG, John was a logistics consultant at McLean Industries. John has a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kings Point Academy.