Following a recent client enquiry to Pierre-Guillaume Tomasso, Project Manager at PRG France, our team have prepared our LED trailers ready for travel to the Republic of Congo where they will be used for public viewings for the upcoming Presidential election.
The elections will take place on 20th March 2016.
In the capital city Brazzaville, a number of public events will take place in the run up to the election, and to enable a large-scale rally for 300,000 people on 18th March, two of PRG XL Video’s large truck screens, each with 50m2 of LED screen, have been shipped via a huge Antonov cargo plane to the African country.
“Our truck screens are used for a wide range of outdoor events from sports to public spectacles, beach parties and musical events,” said Jan Sören Eckert, Fleetmanager LED Trucks at PRG XL Video. “They travel to many locations across Europe throughout the year, but this is the first time we have shipped them to Africa."
PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), is today celebrating winning Favourite Video Rental Company at the 2016 TPi Awards.
The event, which took place on Monday 22nd February at Battersea Evolution in London, is attended by a wide variety of companies from the entertainment and events industry both from the UK and worldwide.
The Favourite Video Rental Company award was presented to the PRG XL Video team by Sarah Cox, from category sponsor, d3 Technologies.
This win is the 12th time in the TPi Awards history that the UK video team have won this category, and brings the total number of TPi Award wins to eighteen for Production Resource Group companies.
“Winning this award yet again only goes to confirm that the coming together of PRG and XL Video is a winning combination!” said Lee Spencer, PRG XL Video Commercial Director. “I would also like to thank our teams at all the UK locations whose hard work won us this year’s award.”
PRG XL Video UK CEO Lucas Covers comments: “We are delighted with the recognition for our video services, and particularly honoured as this award is voted for by our colleagues and peers in the industry. We will continue to strive to supply the best possible video service in the market.”
Other winners on the night included some important PRG XL Video clients. Oli Metcalfe won two awards for Best Set Designer, and the Des Fallon Video Visionary category, for his work with Muse; and the Best Lighting Designer was Ed Warren for his work with Mumford & Sons.
The world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, Production Resource Group has increased its stock of 7.5mm LED within its Dubai operation to help support a growing demand for a high quality outdoor screen. The company recently took delivery of over 300 square metres of ROE MC-7 LED, which is a recognised touring product for large scale events.
Shortly after arriving in Dubai the screen was put to immediate use to support the opening ceremony of the 2016 Dubai Tour.
“The ROE was the perfect choice of screen for the event” said Bill Ainley, PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Video. “The client’s design and creative concept was based on a curved upstage screen and we had very little time to construct and then de-rig the screen given the location of the event.”
The event was held at the Westin Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre and included an intricate lighting design to make the stage an interactive area for choreographed live entertainment which including world famous cyclists performing stunts.
The lighting design included PRG’s proprietary ‘Best Boy HP’ moving lights. This sort after profile fixture is only available through PRG Gearhouse and uses a 1,500 watt HTI lamp to produce over 33,000 lumens.
Just two weeks later, more than 200sqm of the ROE MC-7 was used to support Dubai’s largest 2 day festival, Redfest DXB.
PRG Gearhouse were appointed to provide full lighting and video for the event which took place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and included performances from international artists including Rita Ora, The Vamps, Steve Aoki, Eva Simons and many more.
PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Lighting and project manager for the event, Damien Jackson commented; “It’s always a pleasure working with Done Events and their team. During the fit-up the ROE really shone through given the complex layered approach taken on the upstage screen design. It’s a fairly lightweight product, comes in and out quickly and its performance is rock solid”.
New PRG Lighting Library features growing repository of content that will enhance the user experience
As a part of their shared commitment to empower today's entertainment designers, Vectorworks, Inc. and Production Resource Group (PRG) announce that they will collaboratively develop and implement new features for Vectorworks® Spotlight software. More specifically, PRG will work with Vectorworks' research and development team to develop new tools and object libraries for Spotlight, the standard for CAD software in entertainment design, as well as drive efficient workflows that are crucial to the industry.
"Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art technology and tools that enable designers to explore their ideas so they can ultimately develop, document and communicate designs that create memorable entertainment experiences," said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Vectorworks. "We gravitate toward strategic industry partners such as PRG because they are uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services required for our customers."
Vectorworks is a global leader in developing 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries, including Spotlight software, which helps professionals in the lighting, scenery, set, event, theatre and exhibit design space balance the need for individual creativity with the requirement for synchronized, accurate design information.
Contributing more than 25 years of experience to the partnership, PRG is the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, providing integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery for clients all over the world. With more than 40 offices worldwide, the company has relied on Spotlight software for many years.
"In conjunction with the announcement of this partnership comes our initial efforts with creating a large catalog of PRG gear as library content for Spotlight users," said PRG's Special Operations Director Götz Bauer. "The increased content resources will be a tremendous efficiency gain, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers."
Initial content that will be shared through this partnership includes PRG’s own line of production equipment including lighting instruments, consoles, LED panels, trusses, motors and media servers. PRG is also adding other content from vendors that it represents and supplies, such as Prolyte Truss and Vari-Lite.
The growing content library is available initially as a first-access benefit for Vectorworks Service Select members and can be downloaded here. To learn more about the growing content library, Vectorworks Service Select members can visit this link
There is one more pin in the map of PRG Alliance’s global reach – they are now present in Morocco with the addition of its new member Touareg Prod’.
Founded in 2001, Touareg Prod’ offers a range of sound, lighting, rigging, and backline solutions to entertainment industry customers as concerts, TV shows, sports, corporate and private events. The company has now about 70 technicians working full time, a head office in downtown Casablanca and a 2,000 square meter warehouse in the industrial zone of Casablanca.
“I am certain that being part of the PRG Alliance will help Touareg Prod’ to do even more amazing things,” says Squalli Farid, Partner/Owner of Touareg Prod’. “We have been in close collaboration with some of the PRG Alliance members already for a few years but now that we are officially in the group we can’t wait to partner with all the members and welcome international events in Morocco, as well as getting the support for our clients abroad.”
Touareg Prod’ is very eager to fully participate in all PRG Alliance activities and to bring as much technical knowledge and business opportunities as possible to Morocco. “We are very busy with several projects recently. It gives us confidence that now is a good time to invest in our business expansion and join PRG Alliance,” continues Farid.
“Morocco was a natural extension to our presence since it is an important destination for corporate events and concert touring in North Africa,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We are happy to welcome such a proficient player as Touareg Prod’ to our global team.”
With this new addition to its member’s pool, the PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Sound and Visual is ready to give support to the PRG Alliance with high quality services in audiovisual, lighting, rigging, and translation systems
Greece is a great destination for corporate events, with year-round favorable weather conditions, beautiful nature, and a large number of hotels and conference facilities. The company Sound and Visual - K. Papathanasiou S.A. was invited to join the PRG Alliance due to its wealth of experience in providing technical production services for corporate events and conferences in Greece, such as the EHRA 2013 (European Heart Rhythm Association) and the meetings during the Greek Presidency in the EU in the 1st semester of 2014, showing professionalism and attention to details in their integrated solutions for all technical needs. Sound and Visual also offers services for the live music and television markets, with large events as Mad Video Music Awards, Ermis Awards and others in their portfolio.
Sound and Visual is joining the PRG Alliance to be able to provide their clients with an even higher level of service taking advantage of new opportunities to access high-end technology equipment – following their commitment to focus on technology and new media.
“One of the major values that Sound and Visual embraces is teamwork,” says Konstantinos Papathanasiou, CEO of Sound and Visual. “The company is keen on sharing knowledge with the top professionals in the event industry around the world and on the opportunity to be able to cooperate with them in Greece and abroad.”
“We have been collaborating with Sound and Visual for many years and it is a great pleasure to have them in the PRG Alliance now”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “Our members’ international clients who choose Greece for their events can count on high-level local support now and dedicate more of their budget to event technology rather than to transportation costs.”
Greece is a promising and continuously increasing market in the event industry and the presence of PRG Alliance in the country can contribute directly in leading it to excellence.
The PRG Alliance today has members in 24 countries – the complete list of participant companies and news are available on Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
As Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) continues to grow globally, the ability to strategically source and manage the global assets of the business becomes increasingly critical. To effectively guide PRG’s global asset strategy, the company today announced that Scott Hansen will be transitioning from his current role as Chief Financial Officer into the role as Chief Asset Officer. Since joining PRG in May 1997, Hansen has held a number of key executive positions at PRG and his work throughout his career at the company has kept him involved in both its financial and operational management.
In his new and expanded role as CAO, Hansen will be responsible for the global annual capital expenditure plan, and the development and implementation of strategic asset initiatives. Hansen has for some time been involved with the asset management of PRG, so this move helps to clarify and focus the roles of CFO and CAO. Hansen’s background and multi-layered understanding of PRG’s overall business goals uniquely qualify him to handle the vital role overseeing PRG’s asset strategy.
“Scott Hansen is a unique resource,” says Jeremiah J. Harris, Chairman and CEO of PRG, “As we continue to grow, the new CAO position is strategically critical to PRG. This role requires a wide range of skills to successfully manage every aspect of the asset lifecycle - from acquisition to optimization to disposition. This is especially challenging for a global organization such as PRG. The combination of Scott’s deep financial skills and breadth of operational experience makes him singularly qualified to direct our asset strategy. We are fortunate to have him on the team."
Hansen states, “As PRG continues to grow globally, our logistical operations and asset management will be critical to PRG’s ability continue to deliver exceptional customer service and financial success. It is essential to PRG that asset optimization be handled in a thoughtful and strategic manner. That means consistently assessing and carefully balancing purchasing decisions; ensuring asset allocation to the right locations and regions; while always considering the entire scope of our varied markets and industry usage cycles for asset deployment. That is one way PRG can leverage our global platform to drive growth and operational efficiency."
A large part of the role of CAO will include working with the many different PRG locations, which Hansen looks forward to. “I have enjoyed building relationships with all the general managers over the years and will continue to do so even more as CAO. I want to help the PRG GM’s strengthen their infrastructure to support depots. Our asset strategy needs to relentlessly evaluate the best approach for the company as far as asset purchasing, asset turnover and regional asset deployment while at the same time supporting the exceptional standard of customer satisfaction we provide to our clients on every job we do throughout the world."
Hansen plans to embrace the challenges and the opportunities presented him as he takes on the role of Chief Asset Officer at PRG. “I've been fortunate enough to be able to wear multiple hats along the way at PRG—many at the same time. Being CAO will be another great challenge for me. I believe in the vision of PRG; our goals for the future and most importantly, the positive impact PRG can have for our employees and clients. On a personal note, I thrive on my work at PRG, yet I also enjoy the simple life at home. I love spending time with my family. Along with my wife, I am very involved with my children, their sports and schooling and I just enjoy the day to day family chaos that comes with having 3 kids. The balance of hard work at PRG and great family at home is a good one that works well for me. I am excited that as CAO I can help PRG achieve continued success. This will be fun for me. I love the challenge of it."
For ten days – from 17 to 27 September – visitors to the Opel booth at IAA 2015 could create their own personal ‘Opel Selfie Jump’ – a Bullet-Time tracking shot with frozen scenery, known from the Matrix films and numerous commercials. The automobile manufacturer relied on the experience of PRG XL Video for the planning, design and technical implementation of their exacting requirements. Bellprat Associates AG was responsible for the idea and the concept. The graphical user interface of the terminals, the Facebook connectivity and implementation of the barcode scanners was realized by bluelemon Interactive GmbH.
For ‘Opel Selfie Jump’ the full-service event provider developed a system using 75 digital SLR cameras arranged in a semi-circle of 270 degrees, which was aligned with millimetre precision with the booth visitors in the centre of the circle. As a visual aid to the participants, a monitor with countdown was displayed below the cameras. The shutter release of the 75 cameras was done manually using a remote control by an employee at the Opel stand.
The instantly-created three-second video sequence from the 75 simultaneously acquired images was incorporated into the interactive content displayed on high-resolution LED screens and 3D objects around the Opel booth. At the same time, visitors could access their own ‘Selfie Jump’ posted on the Opel Facebook page.
The technical requirements for hardware and software with which PRG XL Video was confronted during the two-month design and production phase were enormous. The event provider had to respond to a variety of technical challenges including automating the post-processing of the camera images as video to make the sequence available immediately.
During the production phase of the event, PRG XL Video developed, specifically for this purpose, a modular system of opto-couplers and a microcontroller. These were able to synchronously trigger all of the cameras, start the countdown over the network, begin the rendering process, and display any error messages. This allowed the error detection mechanism to autonomously utilise the fallback system.
This solution was made more impressive because of special provisions the ‘Opel Selfie Jump’ system required for its prototype. Drawing on experience from previous projects, the team managing the project had to install the camera rig separated from the jump landing-pad to avoid transmission of vibrations to the cameras.
Since the installation of the cameras was covered to protect against unauthorized access and to avoid dust entering the mechanisms, PRG XL Video developed a custom software solution that enabled them to remotely configure the cameras both individually and collectively. In addition, the team had to consider sufficient manual access to the camera hardware to enable servicing and recalibration.
The ‘Opel Selfie Jump’ project was a complete success! Over the ten days of IAA 2015 more than 3,500 video clips were created by visitors on the Opel stand – meaning the 75 cameras clicked and produced a Bullet-time tracking shot every 2 minutes!
PRG’s teams in UK and Spain recently collaborated on an exciting promotional project for the new Lexus NX crossover vehicle.
Working in conjunction with film and commercial production company, Minds Eye Media and London communications agency Freuds, for the ‘NX on track’ commercial short for Lexus Europe, PRG supplied some key visual elements for Lighting Designer Matthew Button.
Filming took place at the Marugan Aerodrome near Madrid and featured a giant musical stave created with lasers and lighting. Three Lexus NX crossover vehicles driven by professional stunt drivers were used to trigger the audio sensitive lighting cues, at the correct tempo, to synchronise with the Will.i.am track.
PRG supplied 160 Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, attached to 240 metres of trusses, suspended from 8 cranes above the runway. PRG also supplied 150 GLP Impression X4 bar 20 LED Battens to light either side of the track. A real challenge for the project was to provide a constant level of haze across the track and to accomplish this we deployed 26 Viper smoke machines each fitted with a 10 inch fan and over 600 metres of ducting.
PRG UK’s Mathew Ilott was the Account Manager for the project, working with production teams in Longbridge and Madrid to realize Button’s design. He commented:
“This was a fantastic project to be involved with and was a real PRG team effort. Starting with Paul Elkin’s AutoCad drawing, we approached PRG Madrid who, under the guidance of Xavier Theys and crew chief Aitor Beloqui, sourced and tested smoke machines, liaised with the crane company, and then for eight very long days installed and maintained the rig. Aitor also coped brilliantly with the challenge of maintaining an even level of smoke across the runway, despite the ever-changing wind direction.”
PRG Alliance, the global network of high-quality event production services companies, is rapidly expanding and announces a new member in Qatar – ES:ME Entertainment Services.
Over the last few years, ES:ME has provided technical consulting services as well as planning, engineering, rigging, temporary structures, and lighting to the event industry across the Middle East, working with the region’s largest organizations and also helping smaller, more intimate events to put themselves on the corporate and social map. The company has a professional and safety conscious team with over two decades experience, working with top-brand equipment and high-tech solutions including computer-controlled cable-suspended camera systems.
The company is led by Alex Wurfel and Rene Karnahl, both with a deep well of knowledge and experience in event production. “We are excited about all the opportunities in the PRG Alliance,” says Wurfel. “We are happy to share our expertise in the field of rigging with the members and have their support on lighting and audiovisual services as we want to expand our business in this area; we see it as having access to a huge inventory and wealth of experience overnight. This partnership is even more significant for me because I started my career on Procon’s lighting and rigging technical team. I am looking forward to work together with them again.
PRG is very familiar with the work of ES:ME and their expertise in complex structural installations for event production,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We worked together on a number of projects, including the Oman National Day and the Burj Khalifa Opening. They are very strict in following the highest European and American standards and their support to the Alliance is very welcome – we want to reinforce the importance of safety to our members.
The collaboration started right away with ES:ME providing a workshop to all members on International Standards in Rigging during PRG Alliance regional events that were held in Sao Paulo, Hamburg, and Shanghai during August and September 2015.
The PRG Alliance today has members in 24 countries – the complete list of participant companies and news are available on Alliance website
Nu Skin Corporate Event, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that ES:ME Entertainment Services supported.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the United Kingdom to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group. The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged.
PRG will continue to use its brand name in all other countries across Europe and North America. XL Video teams in those territories will be immediately transitioned into the PRG family.
“Part of our decision to acquire XL Video was the premier value of its brand in many of our markets,” said Jeremiah J. Harris, PRG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We recognize that the XL Video name and logo are synonymous with outstanding quality, customer service, and technical expertise in some of our territories, equal to that of PRG – and so after careful consideration, we have decided to operate with integrated branding for a transition period in those locations.”
“Our aim when joining the two companies was to create a strong foundation for continued growth,” said Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We believe integrated branding in Germany and the United Kingdom is a terrific introduction of our combined capabilities to our customers and markets.”
After three days of madness, Tomorrowland 2015 has come to an end! As many as 180,000 People of Tomorrow forgot their troubles and danced their hearts out to the beats of David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki and many, many more. Once again, PRG Belgium took on part of the technical challenge. We provided light and trussing for the MainStage, Frame Stage, Opera Stage and the Garden of Madness, taking advantage of our PRG Best Boy Washes, PRG Bad Boy and our brand new PRG Icon Beam. We also supplied audio equipment for the Candy Stage.
An unmissable event for all Celtic nations, the annual 'Festival Interceltique de Lorient' showcases concerts, cultural & artistic animations, conferences and exhibitions.
For the fourth year in a row, PRG was in charge of the lighting the event with a large kit mainly based on PRG's own products: about thirty Best Boy HP features, thirty Bad Boys, about fifty new IconBeams, some Vari*Lite 3500 Wash, Robe Pointe and Robin 300. In total 200 lighting features were installed to highlight 500 artists and a total immersion of the public into the projection of gobos on the entire tribunes.
PRG also provided several LED screens in the stadium. Two screens of 30m² that were suspended and one PRG30 screen of 35m² integrated on the scene itself.
The 24th edition of the festival 'Vieilles Charrues' took place from the 16th till 19th of Juli in Carhaix.
Despite the rain, the performing artists and music created a great atmosphere. On the program this year were Muse, Calogero, Joan Baez, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, The Prodigy and London Grammar, as well as some new promising new young talents.
For the tenth year in a row, PRG equipped the festival with video material consisting of a 150m² LED ROE 7mm screen, 40 LCD screens of 17 to 103" and several hundred meters of fibre optics.
On the 18th of June, the opening ceremony of the 200-year anniversary of the battle of Waterloo took place on the same Belgian fields that saw the fights all those years ago. The usual reenactments were expanded and renamed Inferno, a dreamy interpretation designed by Luc Petit, who chose to present an impressive show in twelve scenes, filled with dazzling pyrotechnics, lighting with millimetric precision and gaint screens rising up from the middle of the wheat fields. Almost as many as 12.000 spectators came to enjoy the wonderful event.
The commemoration of the bicentenary continued throughout the weekend with the biggest ever reenactment performed in Europe: 6000 extras, 300 horses and 100 canons, for some 60.000 spectators.
PRG was in charge of the lighting equipment, sound and rigging of the spectacle, adding up to a total of 4 semi-trailer trucks full of equipment. Our team took on a sizeable technical challenge by installing everything in the middle of a wheat field (already reaching 1m high) while preserving as much of the wheat, both for the Inferno spectacle as well as the reenactment the following days. We had less than 10 hours to pack everything up during the night and make room for the 6.000 reenactment extras.
Furthermore, we supplied sound and lighting services for the two reenactment days. For the perfect sound, we used 95 line array Kara's for the 50.000 seated places and 30 EAW JF 200's for the 10.000 standing places. As for lights, we installed 24 light poles of 7m high to illuminate the stands, as well as 120 HQI 400W's for behind the stands and for the standing audience.