Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Jeremiah J. Harris is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event production technology solutions.
Building upon the two industry cornerstones he established early in his career with the founding of Harris Production Services in 1982 and Scenic Technologies in 1984, Harris saw the potential for a comprehensive production solution company. He redefined the business model of the entire live event and entertainment technology industry when he founded Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) in 1995. Today PRG is the global leader in production solutions, services and support across all live entertainment and event technology market segments. PRG has provided equipment and services for some of the world’s most high-profile events, including the Super Bowl Halftime show since 1998; the Academy Awards®, the Grammy® Awards; the Eurovision Song Contest; the International Indian Film Awards and for many of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympics, including every summer game since 1996.
Harris has guided the growth of PRG throughout the years to bring together lighting, audio, video, automation, scenic and labor solutions through strategic acquisitions. With the acquisition of Nocturne in 2011, followed in 2015 with Chaos Visual Productions, Harris is guiding PRG Nocturne to be the global leader for video production solutions. Among the other significant acquisitions by PRG made under Harris’ leadership include of VLPS Lighting Services in 2004, which brought into PRG the preeminent R&D team that invented the automated luminaire and Procon which expanded PRG’s international footprint and market leadership.
Directly named on more than 33 patents in 13 patent product families, Harris has never lost sight of the benefit of directly driving the industry by not only supplying but redefining ‘state-of-the-art’ by developing the next generation of production technology solutions. In 2006, Harris was honored for his commitment and contributions to the industry when he was awarded the prestigious Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award. This was a milestone of particular personal pride for him as he had begun working in a Broadway scene shop at age 16.
His love of theatre is perhaps most evident in Harris Production Services, the first company he founded. Since its inception in 1982, the production management company has been involved in over 500 major entertainment and event productions, including over 70 Broadway shows; numerous large-scale corporate events, special events, and automotive shows.
Harris himself has numerous producing credits including four Broadway productions. His production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical most recently won two Tony Awards® along with its Tony nomination for the 2014 Best Musical and the 2014 Drama Desk Outstanding Musical Award. As a producer, Harris has also presented two of the most technically groundbreaking theatrical productions ever staged. EFX, starring Michael Crawford, which opened at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel in 1995, was a significant entertainment landmark that ran for nearly eight years. Again pushing the envelope of live performance and production technology, Harris co-produced, with Michael Cohl,Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the most technically complex production ever mounted on a Broadway stage.
President, PRG Scenic Technologies
As president of PRG 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. 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 On The Hudson, , 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 company's patented scenic automation system. Over the past 30 years Fred has been associated with such productions as Beatlemania, Frankenstein, Marilyn, Big Deal, Pygmalion, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Beauty and The Beast, An Inspector Calls, Passion, Victor Victoria, Titanic, Fosse, The Producers, Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Passion, Les Miserable, Pal Joey, Shrek, Promises, Promises, Lysistrata Jones, Follies, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, King Kong and literally dozens of other productions, not forgetting Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark of which Fred was also the Technical Director, and currently the new production of Dr. Zhivago.
Under Fred's direction, Stage Command® revolutionized the way scenic effects are delivered in live performances, automating the scenic elements in such groundbreaking productions as The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserable, and Beauty and the Beast and the world premiere of King Kong in Melbourne, Australia.
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 and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.
Office Manager/Executive Assistant