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20/08/2015

Tomorrowland 2015 Goes Out With a Bang

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.

Check out the slideshow for Tomorrowland 2015

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16/08/2015

Festival Interceltique de Lorient

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. 

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22/07/2015 Festival

Festival - Vieilles Charrues

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.

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17/07/2015 Project

Celebration of the Bicentenary of Waterloo

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.


More pictures in our Slideshow

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09/06/2015

Production Resource Group Completes Acquisition of XL Video

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

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

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

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12/05/2015 Press Release

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

Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently concluded the first PRG Alliance Summit, held on 16th April 2015 during the Prolight + Sound 2015 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt. Prolight + Sound  is the leading international trade fair for the event-technology sector and covers all products, trades, and services for this market segment. This was the ideal event to bring together the PRG Alliance Website members and at the Summit, there were 28 countries represented by 65 attendees. Since the PRG Alliance was launched at Prolight + Sound  2014, the Summit also marked its one-year anniversary.

“This is a milestone for the PRG Alliance,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “In just one year, 13 of the world’s most highly regarded technical event production companies have joined the PRG Alliance. They bring to the PRG Alliance, a tremendous depth of expertise, a commitment to customer service, and a global breadth of coverage that is unequalled in our industry.”

The event was an opportunity for the Alliance members to network as well as attend meetings about the latest PRG Alliance developments, learn about PRG business insights, and participate in discussions about the future of the industry. A highlight of the event was the Market Trend panel sessions with production specialists from the Entertainment, Special Ceremonies, and Corporate Events segments. The esteemed panelists included Valerie O’Keeffe, CEO from Brighter Than The Sun; Designer Koert Vermeulen, Founder of ACT Lighting Design; Remi Oerlemans, Chief Creative Officer at DVP Event Marketing; Executive Producer Ben Hawkins from George P. Johnson; Production Manager David Wright; and Nick Eltis, Senior Technical Director for the European Games Baku 2015.

“We were happy to attend the PRG Alliance Summit and participate in discussions valuable to our business,” commented Rasmus Bremer, CEO, [Lite]com A/S, a PRG Alliance member in Sweden and Denmark. “We appreciate this new partnership as it will help us to achieve a global reach. At this summit it was obvious that a powerful alliance is taking shape and we are looking forward to being a part of it.”

Today the PRG Alliance has 13 members present in 22 countries, these include:
Brazil: Crialed Producoes Visuais, Loudness Sonorizacao, and LPL Lighting Productions
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Malaysia: Orange Events
Singapore: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co, Total Korea, and Basictech
Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com
Turkey: Phantom Event Engineering



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

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06/05/2015 Press Release

Production Resource Group Announces Plans to Acquire XL Video

New York and Oostende, Belgium  May 6, 2015 – Production Resource Group, L.L.C. – (PRG) today announced that it has agreed to acquire the XL Video Group, one of the largest providers of premier multi-market video services. PRG Chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Lucas Covers, the Group CEO of XL Video jointly made the announcement. 

XL Video, founded in 1995, has established itself as a leading video services supplier around the world. The company is a multi-award winning provider of creative video solutions for concert touring, corporate events, exhibitions, automotive, television, sports, and theatre. Like PRG, XL Video supports creative designers and producers with full technical support in putting together cutting-edge video solutions for some of the most innovative and aesthetically daring shows in the world.

For PRG’s worldwide clients, this acquisition expands their access to the wide range of creative video technology and services that they already enjoy. They can continue to be confident in the quality of product, production expertise, and professionalism when further integrating video into their productions and events.

“By combining XL Video with PRG, we are creating a tremendously valuable resource for event and entertainment producers anywhere in the world”, said PRG’s Harris. “The integrated company will be able to offer an exceptional breadth of production technologies and depth of industry expertise.”

Upon completion, XL Video’s worldwide locations will become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world.

“As XL Video, we have worked on some of the largest and highest profile concert tours, television shows, automotive and corporate events around the globe,” commented Covers. “We have established a client base that has become more sophisticated in their expectations of the standard of video production. As part of PRG, we will continue to exceed their expectations and raise the bar on video production.”

Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer, concluded, “PRG and XL Video are extremely well positioned to provide a multi-disciplined, integrated solution. Making the XL Video team part of the PRG family, will be extremely beneficial to our clients and this has been our top priority from the start.”

The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter subject to customary closing conditions.

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19/03/2015

Hamdan International Photography Award 2015

The 4th ceremony of the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA), a yearly event showcasing some of the most awe-inspiring work of professional and amateur photography enthusiasts from around the world, was the first event on which PRG France and PRG Gearhouse in Dubai collaborated.

On March 16th, 1500 guests admired the colourful evening event, including live music and dance performance on a vidéo mapping background.

PRG provided the entire lighting and video equipment for the evening cocktail and awards ceremony, which was broadcasted live on TV. In total 400 lighting features (Clay Paky, SGM, MAC, Martin, Vari*Lite...) were installed as well as 12 Barco Projectors for the stage and backdrop.

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06/01/2015 Press Release

PRG Announces Acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions

Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced the acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions. Headquartered in Burbank, CA, with an office in Bedfordshire, U.K., Chaos provides full service video production for live events. Both PRG and Chaos have built a solid reputation in the industry for combining innovative technology with an international team of highly experienced industry professionals.

“Chaos Visual Productions will be joining forces with PRG Nocturne,” says Mickey Curbishley, CEO, PRG Concert Touring. “It is very exciting to consider the creative and technical solutions that will result from this acquisition which brings together the world’s two most innovative touring video companies. It also creates a single team of the most respected; experienced; and talented minds working in video production today. PRG Nocturne and Chaos, under PRG’s one roof, will create a powerful production resource for our clients in the music industry.”

Through this acquisition, PRG increases their industry leading expert production talent pool with the addition of industry veterans John Wiseman, Nick Jackson, Marty Wickman, and Valdis Dauksts, who will work alongside Bob Brigham and Ron Proesel of PRG Nocturne under the leadership of Curbishley.

Chaos clients will benefit from PRG’s global, multi-disciplined, and integrated platform of lighting, scenic, audio, video, and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of the music industry. “This is a great move for our people and our clients,” comments John Wiseman, President and CEO of Chaos. “I anticipate we will work successfully and creatively together. The opportunity to work with PRG allows us to be part of the best team in the industry and deliver outstanding results for our clients on a global scale.”

Curbishley concludes, “The addition of Chaos Visual Productions into PRG will further strengthen our continued growth and reinforces our commitment to artists, designers, and production managers. We are very pleased to welcome the Chaos team to PRG.”

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