Every year for the past thirty years, on the first weekend in August, metal fans from all over the world gather in the small community of Wacken, Northern Germany. With around 75,000 visitors, the Wacken Open Air is now one of the largest metal festivals in the world. PRG has been part of the festival for 17 years now, taking care of the entire lighting and LED technology, as well as the rigging. Holger Hübner (Founder and Organizer, Wacken Open Air) is thrilled about the trustful cooperation: "The main thing is that we have fun, create a cool event and for everyone to get something out of it. PRG, us and all staff - and above all, our fans.".
If it were up to lighting designer Jerry Appelt, the collaboration would be continued for at least 13 more years, so that WOA, Jerry Appelt Lighting Design and PRG can celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their fantastic collaboration in 2032. It won't fail because of the festival's success; tickets for WOA 2020 were already sold out within 21 hours.
When Nicola Sirkis and his band do something, they do it right!
For the closing show of Indochine’s “13 Tour”, over 50 000 fans came to Lille to experience the immersive show of the mythical band.
PRG was chosen as the technical partner for this production, providing light, video, Intercom and live caption of the concert.
A 750m² LED screen, the eye catcher on stage
Thomas Bellenger, Cutback Artistic Director is especially delighted about the exceptionally large LED screen: “the main challenge is finding that perfect balance with the lighting, the great interaction that we have achieved here really enriches the visual aspect of the show”.
The extraordinary dimensions of the screen were used to their fullest advantage with meticulously designed content for which the 6mm pitch of the LED ensured crystal clear and sharp images and a high quality caption.
1400 fixtures light up the sky
The numbers can only give an indication of the vast array of infrastructure creating an overwhelming result: 758 GLP X4, 34 GLP X4S, 157 Mythos, 143 Sharpy Wash 330, 50 Solaris Flare, 34 GLP X4S, 5 Bad Boy PRG GroundControl LongThrow and 20 Scenius Unico fixtures.
Synchronization being key, the 700 + lighting fixtures on stage and another 700 in the ceiling & in rest of the venue were perfectly aligned. Jean-Christophe Aubrée, the lighting designer praises the GLP-range “They are small and easy to install. For this amount of lighting fixtures, they allowed for the lightest possible structure and guaranteed a simultaneous effect over the whole ceiling and a immediate reaction, without offsets”
With a very challenging, limited load-in time and almost 100 tons of materials to be hung from the ceiling, this project has been exemplary of what PRG France is capable of delivering. No less than 100 experts worked together on the peak moments of the installation.
Materials were brought to Lille from different PRG warehouses across Europe and specialists from the different neighbouring markets joined the local knowhow of PRG France to build one ‘dream team’ for this production, that completed the set-up in only 36 hours, explains Antoine d’Halluin, Project Manager of PRG France.
And it is this human aspect that is especially appreciated by our clients and partners. As Stéphane Desch, Production Director puts it: “It was easy to work with PRG for their executional power, both in materials and human assets. The team works very effectively and is perfectly prepared, all is thought through and nothing is left unconsidered”.
In June 2019, the time had come again: 3,000 participants from all over Europe gathered in Berlin for Tableau Conference Europe, organized by US software company Tableau. The conference offered training with Tableau's latest software products. PRG provided a comprehensive service package: In addition to lighting, sound and video technology as well as rigging, PRG also took care of the stage design, construction drawings and seating plans for the event, which extended over various rooms. We equipped the keynote hall with a total of 224sqm of 3mm LED screens, which ensured crystal clear presentation of the lecture content.
“In the end, it was a 360-degree solution we delivered to our client.” Simon Rist (Senior Account Manager PRG) concluded. Nick Barton (Director Global Accounts PRG) described the coordination of the various vendors within a tight timeframe as the greatest challenge in equipping this complex event – the largest conference ever organized by Tableau – ” The largest challenge would have been coordinating with all the vendors to ensure that everybody stayed on schedule which we ended up doing.” For years, Barton has been responsible for the organization of Tableau events around the world.
The client turned out to be happy with the result as well: “Having a technical partner like PRG all over the world makes doing our conferences very easy.” said Beau Beckner (Senior Event Infrastructure Manager, Tableau Software).
We would like to thank Tableau for the trust in our work over the years and look forward to continuing our cooperation.
List of installed equipment:
224sqm - 3mm led screen in the keynote hall
5x cameras (1x wireless) incl. broadcast direction
Recording of all cameras and 7 breakout rooms
Intercom system incl. wireless connection and digital radios to cover the entire event area
30x 55" monitors on tripod
12x Panasonic wide-angle lens
More than 60 audio radio links for microphones, in-ear monitoring and wireless speakers
An inspiring event designed to bring together all our regions from around the world in one location, to share and develop our unique global offering.
PRG Unite has been devised with the specific intention of gathering all of our international teams together, to discuss our global offering for the future. PRG globally is the leading technical solution provider for the event industry and is constantly looking at how to best assist our clients across the world, helping them grow and develop exciting activations. The PRG Unite event enables us to discuss future challenges and strategies while combining our resources and expertise as one team.
The event will enable each of our regions (United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Japan, China, UAE and United States) to showcase their very best corporate projects, detailing to our clients the processes from strategic planning to event delivery, allowing our clients the unique opportunity to share our knowledge and best practice which enable us to hold such a world-renowned standing within the industry.
This insider view is sure to be a unique and inspiring insight into the future of how PRG will work with its clients on a global scale. Speaking about the upcoming PRG Unite event Richard Williams - PRG UK Chief Executive Officer commented:
“We felt this would be a fantastic opportunity for our UK customers to meet and talk directly to all our global PRG colleagues in one place. Allowing them to understand how PRG can help support and work together to provide global solutions.”
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Production Resource Group UK Ltd.
(PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to a wide range
of markets, including corporate and automotive events, concerts, special events, theatre,
television and film, trade shows and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores
and performing arts centres. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
52 000 visitors - 12 000 more than last year! - 400 exhibitors and 300 speakers! That was the Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR) Festival 2019 and that rocked again!
But not only the number of marketing enthusiasts has increased, also the technical volume has increased considerably! A total of 613 tons of material were installed, and that in just 4 days!
PRG provided a 360-degree service this year, in addition to rigging, lighting and video technology, the team also installed the complete audio technology, the scenic elements and deco. 62 truckloads of equipment, packed in over 3,000 cases, were delivered to the Hamburg exhibition venue, unloaded and then installed in six exhibition halls. A stringent logistics system developed over the years led to a smooth process.
But before the first lamp could be installed and the first video screen was set up, a whole of 328,000 meters of cable had to be laid. More than 1,000 motors were used to install the trusses, lamps, loudspeakers and screens in the hall roofs.
A total of 6,621 lighting fixtures were installed for the various areas of the festival. These not only illuminated the exhibitor stands and conference stages, but also created a party atmosphere - in addition to the many lectures and masterclasses, the after-party was also exuberant! Scooter, Casper & Marteria, Trettmann, Dendemann and Oli P. brilliantly entertained the visitors.
And the whole of the PRG team was on the starting blocks, because this year's OMR Festival was the biggest so far. A total of 581 square meters of LED walls were installed and around 1,200 square meters of projection were set up. In addition to that, whether you believe it or not, 649 loudspeakers were part of this great event.
PRG audio-expert André Aspelmeier explains among other things which challenges had to be mastered at the OMR Festival 2019.
One can say that the OMR Festival 2019 was once again an event of superlatives! The biggest challenge for the PRG team this year was the extremely tight schedule for the installation and that amount of technology that needed for a flawless implementation.
But how can an event service provider master such a mammoth project, with such an enormous amount of technology and in such a short time frame?
Christian Unger, PRG Account Manager, has a clear opinion on this: "The OMR Festival is a very special project for us because of its enormous size. This results in big challenges: one is the delivery and implementation of the whole amount of equipment, perfectly coordinated logistics and in addition the necessary manpower. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our whole team, who made the whole thing possible and thus realized a perfect OMR Festival 2019!"
Total weight 613 Tonnen
Value of delivered equipment approx. 34.5 Mio €
Mandays on site 2.250
Mandays warehouse 400
Total hours 26.500
With a 40 hours working week and 25 days vacation per year, one single person would need about 14.5 years to implement this project.
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
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 (Head of Sales & Account Management Sport & Special Events 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
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
triangle aluminum frames (250x250x250cm) for VER Blades in the main stage ceiling
triangle Pod for VER Blades for main stage kinetic section ceiling
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
PRG brings fresh impetus to their moving lights range and invests in Clay Paky Scenius Unico and Scenius Profile fixtures.
Clay Paky, part of the OSRAM group, is a world level reference brand in the sector of professional lighting systems. Over the course of its history the Company has been awarded a total of 45 prestige international prizes, recognitions of the innovation and quality of its products and manufacturing processes. Clay Paky's headquarters are located in central-northern Italy, in one of the nerve centers of the European industrial system.
This fixture is renowned for its multifunctionality and quality of light. It can be used as a powerful spotlight as well as a beautifully performing wash light, and therefore is a top choice for lighting designers and clients in a wide range of professional sectors of the event industry. It is a highly appealing fixture for its light quality, which has a very high CRI and 6500 K output color temperature, generating a powerful beam of concentrated light with a minimum beam angle of only 5°.
The Scenius Profile is the top of the range beam shaper. Its optical reflector was especially designed to make the beam uniform avoiding herewith the typical hotspot and its focus tracking system will concentrate the light efficiency that you wish to project, including the focus that can be set to fully automatic.
With 6 rotating gobos and 8 fixed, this CMY fixture is perfect for any set, be it theatrical, tv studios or large events.
These products are now available for our clients in our PRG equipment pool.
To round up this acquisition, Clay Paky and PRG have reached a collaboration agreement testifying the evidence of the mutual respect that binds both companies, after so many years of constant relationship articulated in different forms and having supplied PRG & VER with their fixtures and know-how.
Through this agreement, PRG will benefit of direct access to Clay Paky & ADB products, dedicated technical support and technical trainings to PRG staff to optimize lighting fixture usage, maintenance and priority spare part delivery.
Pio Nahum CEO of Clay Paky states: ‘“Our Global Account Agreement, in addition to being an opportunity to strengthen the reciprocal position on the market, where both Companies already operate globally and with success, represents a unique occasion to improve our skills and offer our customers innovative solutions with higher added value”
Gary Boyd, Executive Vice President & COO EMEA of PRG adds: ‘Clay Paky has developed professional lighting fixtures since 1976. The lighting designers were increasingly wishing for the Scenius Unico and the Scenius Profile fixtures and we are convinced that this will perfectly serve our customers’ needs and add an extra dimension into the PRG fleet!”
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.”
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!”
Artist and Singer Maître GIMS is touring in France since November. For his ‘Fuego Tour’, the showman could count on a great technical and production team, to make his show truly immersive and unforgettable. PRG France delivers video for the tour, showcasing the new PURE10.
Julien Mairesse, set designer of this show, envisaged a cage to be the eye catcher on stage. Julien Bedane, production director of Maître GIMS explains how PRG’s PURE10 had the perfect characteristics for that challenge. “We were looking for a very transparent product, that could move up or down thanks to motion hoists. We were constrained in terms of weight, since we already had a big video square on top and needed a lot of motion hoists for the lighting system. The PURE10 was the ideal solution, both in transparency and light weight, whilst including this possibility of a quick assembly with the system of frames that are developed by PRG and its packaging. We are absolutely satisfied with this product that allows us to play with the transparency on one hand, but also to use it as a full screen video surface, since the 10mm definition allows us to do so.”
At several moments in the show, the PURE10 amplifies the repertoire of the artist. Laurent Boillot, Production Director of PRG France, adds “for songs like Zombie, the projected vampires on PURE10 were a very interesting effect. The ‘wow’ effect of the video-cage that moved up and down, as completed by the great interaction of video and lighting.”
Nicolas Meyer, Technical Director Maître GIMS, noticed especially the uniqueness of the easy assembly and compaction of the tailor-made flight cases, necessary for the tour agenda of Maître GIMS.
We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity and collaboration, providing the team of Maître GIMS with our video solutions. The biggest compliment we could get, comes from Julien Mairesse, Set Designer of the tour: "What makes a professional a great professional, it is not only his ability to respond perfectly to a request but his ability to take the project even further and higher, leveraging his thinking and imagination. Thank you PRG. "
If you have missed the show, a second wave of the tour starts in March and will also come to Brussels.
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.
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.
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.
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.