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Dlectricity
10/27/2014

XL Video Dazzles at Detroit's Dlectricity

XL Video was selected by Mindfield to provide projection mapping on two of Detroit’s most iconic buildings, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) and the Detroit Public Library (DPL), during the Dlectricity Event; Detroit’s festival of light-based art.

The goals for this event were challenging and the team was presented with various challenges.  The buildings are located in midtown Detroit across a four-lane street from one another and required wireless, synchronized projection mapping on both buildings that originated from a single video control space.  Setup time was limited in the all-outdoors environment where equipment and staff were exposed to the weather.

The projection surface area of the Detroit Public Library measured approximately 70' high x 120' wide and had seven arched and recessed balconies that created real challenges for alignment and dealing with shadows. The Detroit Institute of Art projection surface measured 60' high x 80' wide. In from of the DIA is Rodin's sculpture, 'The Thinker'. It sits directly in the projection path and could not be moved. It was accommodated by getting creative on projection positioning. Finally, being a sponsored festival, economical solutions were an absolute must.

XL Video US Media Manager German Perl explains, “Our client, Mindfield, provided 3D laser scans of the actual buildings and so we were able to create 3D projection simulations in the Cinema4D software.  This allowed us to simulate the light distribution, and to choose the best solutions for projection distances, lens focal lengths, and light output.  Based on these simulations, we could confidently choose the Barco HDX-W20 Flex units.”

The stack and lens corrections were made by using built-in warp engines on the Barco HDX-W20’s.  The playback and final mapping was made with Dataton Watchout software on the XL Video media servers.  The playback units were located across Woodward Street and were synchronized with a wireless network bridge.

The Watchout software provided synchronous audio playback and the corresponding time code for audio and lighting provided by TLS Productions. 

“As with all successful projects, close collaboration with the with the stakeholders was key.  Working closely with the professionals at Mindfield and TLS made the challenges of this project much easier to manage,” states XL Video Senior Account Executive Leslie Dillingham.

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10/21/2014 About PRG

PRG expands into the Emirates

October 21, 2014 — Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology headquartered in New York, is acquiring Dubai-based Gearhouse, L.L.C., the largest provider of turnkey event production services across the Gulf Region. PRG Chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Peter McCann, the Managing Director of Gearhouse, L.L.C jointly announced the acquisition today.

Founded in 1994, Gearhouse, L.L.C. has long been established as the market leader with a client portfolio that includes international touring artists The Rolling Stones, Muse, Rihanna, Eric Clapton, and The Prodigy, along with leading global production companies, government agencies and a growing list of key regional venue partners.

For PRG’s worldwide clients this acquisition means that they will now have access to a complete range of technical expertise and production resource solutions when working in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Region. PRG can now ensure that their clients can be confident in the quality of product, production expertise, and professionalism when working in this important and quickly expanding event location.

“By acquiring Gearhouse, we will be able to significantly increase our local support for our many customers that produce events and shows in Dubai and the Gulf Region”, said PRG’s Harris. “Now we can offer them the same high level of customer service and innovative, reliable technical solutions as our clients expect, wherever they are producing an event.”

With immediate effect, Gearhouse, L.L.C. will be rebranded PRG Gearhouse as its Dubai headquarters joins PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities across the US, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Australia, Argentina, and Japan.

Tom Van Hemelryck, PRG’s Vice President, Global Special Events, comments: “Gearhouse is a tremendous addition to PRG’s global team. With their talent, knowledge, expertise and existing client base, Gearhouse will allow PRG to unlock significant potential in this fast growing market. I’m personally delighted to be playing a significant role in this new venture and look forward to the obvious advantages of having people and equipment on the ground when servicing our existing global clients who have become increasingly attracted to delivering events in this region.”

“We have a market here that is rapidly maturing and I regard the creation of PRG Gearhouse as a significant milestone in that process,” comments Peter McCann, co-founder and Managing Director of Gearhouse, L.L.C. “Over the last 20 years, we have established a client base that has become more sophisticated in their expectations of the standard of delivery and of what production really means. As PRG Gearhouse we will be able to exceed their expectations as we will undoubtedly attract the best levels of talent to our region because PRG’s reputation is second to none.”

McCann’s long-term vision for Gearhouse was to be part of a like-minded global organization. “Aside from organizational synergies, we felt PRG shared our highest level of customer service and operational best practices in how we deliver production solutions to our clients and our role in driving internationally recognised health & safety standards in this region. PRG shares my belief that there is a significant opportunity to extend Gearhouse from a regional leader to part of a global organization that will allow us to further differentiate ourselves from regional competition and strengthen our ability to service our customers.”

Leading a workforce of more than 100 full-time employees, McCann’s management team – Bruce MacLean, General Manager; Lee Price, Director of Planning; Dave Emery, Director of Operations; and Harriet Stewart, Area Sales Manager – share the excitement of merging the skills of their existing staff and technical inventory with those of PRG’s global assets.

One of the key benefits of the acquisition will be the way PRG Gearhouse will be able to interact with its European and UK colleagues to strategically utilize resources throughout the entire year. “Our summer normally equates to three and a half months of quiet business, and because of temperatures of around 50°C (112°F), it is impossible to stage outdoor events,” says McCann. “Meanwhile, we have an expansive inventory of premium LED stock, moving lights, rigging, automation, backline, and audio systems including L-Acoustics’ K2 line arrays sitting idle. That will no longer be the case because we’re delivering at a level that absolutely matches what PRG offers in Europe during the festival season. As a consequence, our own people are now able add to their career development by playing a valuable part in those European festivals at a different level than any other company in this market can offer. Conversely, the Dubai office will now have greater access to human and technical resources in our busy season between October and April.”

Short- and long-term exchanges of staff between PRG Gearhouse and other territories within the PRG group are expected in the future, providing what Peter McCann regards as an “idyllic opportunity” to cross-train, pool market intelligence, and broaden cultural experience.

“As an employer, the ability to present to the current staff the prospect of them working for the largest production services provider in the world is one of the most exciting moments in my career,” comments McCann. “Moreover, this market likes to do business with proven players and our clients are now working with the biggest of them all along with the level of technology and quality of execution that they have seen on the Olympic Games and other seriously high profile global events,” McCann says. “Our government clients are just as excited because they know this is a great brand builder for the region, so there is an enormous amount of confidence out here right now.”

“I look forward to working closely with Gearhouse, who know this region so well,” on the many opportunities to support both existing and new clients, Harris concludes. “PRG and Gearhouse are extremely well aligned as both companies provide a multi-discipline, integrated product to our clients. I am impressed with what Peter and his team have built at Gearhouse. The joining of our two companies, I am confident will be to the benefit of our clients, which is our top priority.”

Subject to customary closing conditions, the closing of the acquisition is expected to be effective on October 31, 2014

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NBA All-Stars

NBA All Star Game 2014

A look at PRG’s work at the 2014 NBA All Star Game. Our team from the Orlando PRG office scored a ‘nothing but net’ success supplying the lights for the fun and games at at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Victorian State School Spectacular

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular, one of the largest performing arts events in Australia, is a showcase for students from across various state schools. Back for the fourth year, Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) provided the Spectacular technical solutions, state-of-the-art equipment, and professional crew. PRG provided all of the lighting—including the PRG V676 and V476 lighting and media control consoles as well as complete control networking, 6 PRG Mbox media servers, LED video screens and projectors, flying automation, drapes, rigging and trussing, and all production logistics. The lighting package included 550 automated luminaires, 95 of which were the PRG Best Boy Spots and 14 PRG Bad Boy Spots, and nearly 150 LED luminaires. Of the 11 followspots used for this massive production, six of them were Bad Boys with the PRG followspot controls. The 2014 Spectacular was held at Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park on Saturday, 13th September and broadcast nationally on Sunday, 19th October.

The Spectacular is a professionally staged production with a creative and production team that includes Adam Lowe as Creative Producer; Neill Gladwin as Creative Director; LD Paul Jackson with Robert Cuddon as the Associate Lighting Designer / Lighting Programmer; Media Programmer Matthew Bush and TD Chris Newman.

Performed annually to an audience of over 10,000 people as well as a large broadcast audience, the Spectacular includes a cast of almost 3,000 Victorian government school students. In addition to the equipment, PRG provided a crew of 10 for the load-in and setup and an additional six crew for the running of the event. Some of the students worked behind the scenes with the PRG crew on the prep, planning, and operation of technical equipment. Students with the assistance of PRG technicians, operated cameras, followspots, and were introduced to the PRG consoles.

The goal of the production is to provide an opportunity to showcase the talent of Victoria’s government school students. It all culminates in a scripted show that celebrates a diversity of performance mediums, including choir, dance, vocal, drama, and orchestra. The students who worked alongside the PRG crews got the opportunity to work and learn from professionals as well as gaining knowledge of state-of-the-art equipment and how it’s used to support large productions.

Andrew Holmes, PRG’s Operations Manager oversaw the Victorian State Schools Spectacular production. He can be contacted for further information: aholmes@prg.com.

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Taste of Toronto

Taste of Toronto

For the inaugural Taste of Toronto Festival, PRG’s client IMG trusted us to provided the entire video, audio and lighting solutions. Included among the multiple venues supported by PRG where two cooking demonstration kitchens. PRG used an overhead video camera/playback solution to allow the guests to follow step by step the award-winning chefs as they prepared mouthwatering dishes. The Taste was held on the grounds of Toronto’s Fort York, requiring PRG to help coordinate the logistical details of loading in and operating on the sensitive historic site.

PRG Account Executive: Ben Renzella

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Lara Fabian

PRG supports Lara Fabian Tour

PRG EML Productions is delighted to accompany Belgian-Canadian singer Lara Fabian on an intimate tour that will take her through Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Slovakia and the USA.

Pierre Sarazin, Lara Fabian’s Manager, has chosen work with PRG EML on this tour, stating:

“What defined my choice were the people I get to work with. The fixtures are mostly available everywhere on the market. There is always a lot of pressure in this business, a lot of things are to be done last minute and it’s important for me to work with people I share a certain loyalty and intellectual bond with. We must be able to keep the magic of the show, although there are hard patches from time to time, we always find solutions together. In the past months, I’ve installed a brand new team around Lara. My goal is to keep this team, grow together and give Lara a stable environment, both technically and humanly. I want everything to be perfect before each show so that Lara doesn’t have to care about anything [other] than the songs. Later, for Lara’s return to the bigger scenes, I know I will be able to count on PRG as a worldwide group. I can definitely use the PRG network and rely on the support of other subsidiaries in France, USA, Brazil and so on.“ 


Tour Manager : Pierre Sarazin
Production Manager : Tony Panico
Front of house : Patrick Duim Demoustier
Retour : Igor Dockx
Sound technician : Christophe Desodt
Lighting design : Jan Vuerstaek
Light operator : Joeri Diddens
Light technician : Jeroen Minten

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Hugo Boss

HUGO BOSS

For the Fall fashion season Jason Wu, artistic director of HUGO BOSS Womenswear, commissioned video artist Marco Brambilla to create a second installment of the art film series thisisboss. Merging nature, fashion and an architectural sleekness of Hugo Boss’ spring/summer 2015 collection, the film debuted at New York Fashion Week in September 2014.

PRG worked with Brambilla and the film crew to find the ideal lighting solution. First working on lighting mock-ups in the PRG demo room, the crew then rigged the lighting package and truss into the trees of the forest in the Canadian Dundas Valley.

The final results of this creative concept was an otherworldly transformation.


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FOX Sports

FOX Sports Super Bowl Boulevard Broadcast Center

FOX Sports commissioned PRG to build a three-story broadcast center at the top of Super Bowl Boulevard for coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII – the largest non-permanent structure ever erected in Times Square. PRG was able to turn the building over two days early, having worked seven days around the clock in the chilly Crossroads of the World. The three-story structure was in fact certified by the Times Square Alliance as the largest non-permanent structure ever erected in Times Square. The 65’ tall, 40’ by 40’ building was a fully functional broadcast facility, completely climate-controlled, that served as the New York City broadcast base for FOX Sports and other FOX Networks’ Super Bowl coverage as well as hosting several FOX news programs throughout game-week. The week culminated on game day when a viewership of more than 150 million tuned in for the FOX Super Bowl Sunday broadcast live from Times Square.



For this monumental undertaking, FOX Sports trusted PRG, the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology, to deliver the complete solution. PRG’s scope of work included all of the coordination of the onsite construction and project management; providing engineering services; onsite systems integration; scenic fabrication; as well as providing the lighting, video, and audio infrastructure and integration packages. PRG worked closely with FOX Sports’ Jerry Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Field Operations for FOX Sports Media Group and Rod Conti, Executive Director, Field Operations for FOX Sports Network. PRG also helped work through the myriad of permitting, city utilities, and transit department requirements when building on top of a major subway hub below ground.

A much talked about feature of Super Bowl Boulevard, this impressive facility was 8,100 square feet of usable space, boasting a high-definition broadcast studio with south and north facing 10’ by 20’ windows for iconic views of up and down the Boulevard. There was a mini-football field on the roof deck complete with stadium-style lighting and Astroturf. On the outside of the building were two 12’ x 22’ PRG Nocturne V-9 Lite LED video screens and the west wall was covered with a 30’ by 20’ PRG Nocturne V-9 Lite LED screen located right next to Cleatus, the FOX Sports animated robot that stands 16’ tall and weighs 1,500lbs.

Upon receiving the rendering of this incredible facility, PRG worked in partnership with designer Jeff Hall and his production design team from the renowned JHD Group to engineer the components needed to realize this project. PRG took into consideration all the variable challenges of constructing a structure of this magnitude in the busy city center, including working in NY’s frigid temperatures, anticipating snow and staying on schedule. PRG’s meticulous pre-planning and onsite supervision meant they were able to supply the solutions needed to complete this never done before large-scale project in Times Square.

PRG had 15 site supervisors and five project managers working to oversee the 60-man strong team that built the broadcast facility at Duffy Square—46th Street and Broadway—in Times Square. They worked around the clock in shifts beginning at 12:01am on Friday 1/17/14. Construction even continued during the snowstorm that dropped 12” of snow on the city. Balancing snow removal and continuing construction allowed the PRG team to remain on schedule. After 27 semi-truck deliveries and seven days the broadcast studio was turned over to FOX Sports, though PRG remained onsite throughout the broadcast cycle, and began load-out even as the Super Bowl Champions celebrated.

The entire structure was test-built in the PRG New Windsor, NY facility to ensure the smooth onsite construction with every step planned and all contingences accounted for ahead of time. In fact, PRG brought in several members of the production and set-up crews early on to work with their engineers and project managers. They were able to come up with the best methods to put together this structure in extreme conditions. Knowing that the crews onsite would have to work in heavy clothing and gloves that would reduce their ability to use small hand tools, they designed the structure to be easily inter-lockable without the need for many of the smaller tools typically used in construction.

To keep the project green, PRG chose to use heat pumps to provide the heating for the broadcast facility without the need for any combustion exhaust. By using four five-ton heat pumps with an electric back-up, the studio is comfortably heated for the hosts, guests, and broadcast crews to work in sub-zero temperatures during Super Bowl week. This level of precision coordination and meticulous planning is a hallmark of the service that PRG’s industry leading reputation is built upon globally.

The PRG team was led by Bobby Allen, PRG Account Executive, Concert Touring, and Jim Lehner, PRG Senior Vice President, Special Projects. The FOX Sports team was headed by Jerry Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Field Operations for FOX Sports Media Group and Rod Conti, Executive Director, Field Operations for FOX Sports Network. Jeff Hall, Founder & Principal Designer JHD Group was the production designer and Chuck Noble, Noble Design, was the lighting designer for the facility and for the broadcast studio.

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World Equestrian Games

The 2014 World Equestrian Games By The Numbers…

The World Equestrian Games are undoubtedly the biggest equestrian event in the world, taking place every four years and alternating with the Olympic Games. During 2 weeks, almost 1,000 athletes compete against each other in the 8 official disciplines (jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting, endurance and para-dressage).

At the start of this year’s games, a magical show opened the World Equestrian Games in the city of Caen, Normandy (France). A parade of athletes from the 74 participating nations, an incredible musical and hi-tech video show with over 100 horses and 300 artists entertained the crowd at the Michel d’Ornano Stadium. The show has been produced by Paris-based agency Skertzo and technically supported by PRG France who supplied the rigging, lighting and video equipment.

Technical Stats Specifically, PRG installed 1 ring structure in truss of 400m long suspended from the roof of the stadium. Our lighting kit was composed of 150 moving lights including PRG Bad Boys and Best Boys, 150 traditional fixtures, Sunstrips, ACL & blinders. We also took care of the fiber (more than 2,5km) and the power cables (more than 1,5km).

The video show with the 3D mapping technology was the eye-catcher of the show. For the projection on the ground, we’ve used 16 Panasonic PTDS20 positioned each side of the arena, 6km of fiber, a 33×33 DVI matrix. For the mapping on the different elements, we’ve installed 4 Panasonic PTDZ 21K positioned at the four corners of the field. As media server, we used a Modulo Player.

Last but not least, this project was also supported by a dedicated crew that was 28 technicians strong with several specialties (rigging, lighting and video), led by Laurent Boillot, Technical Director. It took four days of loading plus four days of rehearsal (technical and artistic) to produce this eye-catching show. This left one night and one day to execute the load out. Finally the crew was split into a day and night shift to ensure continuous support to the production.

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NRECA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting

For the 2014 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting, PRG worked closely with the association, who welcomed 8,000 attendees to the event. Taking place in Nashville, TN at the city’s brand new Music City Convention Center, PRG fully supported the General Session for 6,000 people with lighting, audio, video, scenic, and staging as well as the labor and creative support for the session. We provided content capture and live streaming services for all of the general session meetings as well as full translation services.

The stage in the general session was 60’ wide x 24’ deep x 4’ high and was outfitted with a 100’ wide projection screen as well as audio line arrays, and video image magnification screens for the large audience area.

For the last night, the PRG team transformed the general session space to handle a Martina McBride concert for all of the attendees. The creative team designed a full concert lighting and audio package to meet the artist’s technical rider and was incorporated into the general session system for a quick and easy transition between the two very different events in the one space.

In addition to the main general session space, PRG fully equipped and supported an overflow room for 500 attendees for the general session, 12 breakout rooms, five forum session rooms, two ballroom luncheons, and a large board of directors meeting.

The larger meeting consisted of three concurrent conventions over eight days – NRECA, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and Touchstone Energy. PRG provided full support for all aspects of the larger meeting—educational and technical session support, including presentation management services—multiple presenter support, digital signage, and mobile app.

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Filament Storm

Filament Storm part of Vivid Sydney 2014

Sketch Evolution and its partners, including PRG, used integrated lasers and theatrical illumination technology to transform Sydney’s Skyline into the abstract world of Filament Storm for Vivid Sydney 2014.

Sketch Evolution, a creative and producing company based in Australia led by Charles Coy and William Jensen, worked closely with PRG for the illumination of the buildings and programming of the integrated Filament Storm installation. PRG used their Bad Boy and Best Boy luminaires to saturate the buildings in a colorscape and movement using gobo treatments.

The lighting was all programmed on the PRG V676 Lighting Control Console. For the run of the Vivid 2014 event, the lighting was operated via PRG V476 and V276 Lighting Control Consoles, all networked together with the PRG Virtuoso Nodes. Since this was the rainy season, all of the control, power cabling, and luminaires were weatherproofed for this outdoor event.

In addition to providing the lights and control equipment for Filament Storm, PRG also provided system design, logistics, crew, and support. For the installation, PRG provided 12 technicians to handle the installation over two days; four technicians were onsite for the four nights of programming and testing; and two technicians provided support for the duration of the show.

Filament Storm could be viewed from a variety of vantage points, providing contrasting experiences and interpretations of the show. The storm covered the “dress circle” of buildings in the Circular Quay area of Sydney to become the stage for the installation and the backdrop for Vivid Sydney 2014. The buildings that were lit included the AMP Building, the Circular Quay Ferry Terminals, the Gateway Building, the Marriott Hotel, and the Gold Fields House.

Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, drew more than 1.43 million people during this year’s 18-day festival of light, music, and ideas.

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PRG Gamescom 2014 League of Legends Panorama

Wargaming.net Booth by the Numbers ...

Following their motto “Bigger, Brighter & Better,” the Wargaming.net booth was pretty hard to miss at this year’s Gamescon, considered the world’s largest exhibition of video games worldwide. PRG EML Productions was on task for video, lighting and sound, helping to create an immersive environment with 3 story high walls covered in giant digital screens projecting videos. Playing off of the theme, 3 lit up continuous tread tank tracks were used to create an impressive sculptural pathway that guided visitors to the center of the stage or one of the five spacious gaming lounges. 


Technical Stats

PRG installed 304M2 of PRG 30 in special building simulation crawler tracks, 650 Tiles of Barco C5 for three video walls (7m x 3,5m each), another C5 led screen of 6,8m x 3,6m on the stage and 4 control cameras. 

Our lighting set included 72 moving light Impression, 12 Robin 800, 45 motors, 260m of trusses and the whole electrical distribution.

To ensure a good sound coverage, we’ve provided 2 Adamson Subs, 12 JF, 12 Melodie Line array and 10 Microphones.

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PRG LEDs für BMW invisible - City
Creative

Mercedes Benz – invisible drive

Together with Markenfilm Crossing​, some time ago we tackled the task of making the visible invisible. The idea was to illustrate the lack of emissions produced by the Mercedes B Class F-CELL in a promotional film.

In this connection, Jung von Matt/Alster developed the “Invisible Drive” project, which essentially centered on making the B Class F-CELL invisible.

After intensive research and several test installations we had found the right LED product. We used flexible magnetic LED tiles with a resolution of 10mm (SMD). The flexibility allowed us to follow the contours of the vehicle. Still, a lot of sensitivity and patience was required to for the installation. Powerful USV systems in the interior of the car supplied the power. The B Class F-CELL was loaded with half a ton of hi-tech and several hundred yards of cable were laid in the car.

Along with the film crew, we set off to make the Mercedes “invisible” against the backdrop of Hamburg and the surrounding countryside.

 

Using LEDs to achieve creative effects, why not make walls disappear at the next event in a special location, or the new product at a product launch?

 

Customer: Markenfilm Crossing/Daimler AG

Title: The Invisible Drive

Agency: Jung von Matt/Alster

Account manager: Christian Unger

Project manager: Philip Hagen

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7/31/2014

PRG Announces New Executive for EMEA Region

Serge Plasch becomes Chief Commercial Officer for EMEA —Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Serge Plasch as Chief Commercial Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Plasch will also become Chief Executive Officer for PRG’s operations in France and Belgium. In these roles, Plasch will be responsible for leading the continued growth of PRG’s European and Middle East operations and will report to PRG’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Stephan Paridaen.

“I am delighted to have Serge in this critical leadership position,” says Paridaen. “He has a proven ability to identify growth opportunities and align the commercial resources required to successfully pursue them. What I most appreciate about Serge is that he is focused on customer success, investing in our people, and further extending the capabilities of our high-performance culture.”

“It is a rare opportunity to step into a market leading global organization such as PRG,” Plasch comments. “The people of PRG are known for technical innovation, excellent service, and flawless execution. I am excited to be a part of this outstanding team.”

Prior to joining PRG, Plasch served as CEO of the dcinex group, the European leader in digital cinema services – where he led the company as it grew to over 8,000 cinema screens under management. Prior to dcinex, Plasch was the managing director of Screenvision in Belgium and The Netherlands. Plasch lives in Liège with his wife and family and will be based out of PRG’s Brussels office.

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PRG Nocturne New Team
7/29/2014

PRG Nocturne Kicks Off UK Venture with Dynamic New Team

Commitment to Customer Support Behind Investment in New Equipment and Experienced Team

PRG Nocturne has a global reputation for unmatched LED video and projection support to the concert touring, festival, and corporate event markets. Understanding and anticipating the needs of their clients is at the core of PRG Nocturne’s success and the decision to greatly expand its operations in the United Kingdom.

“We are now heading into our fourth year with PRG,” says Bob Brigham, President of PRG Nocturne. “One of the deciding factors in joining the PRG team was our dream to expand into the UK/European markets. The expansion of our UK operation allows us to fully support the rapidly growing demand with an experienced team of people and quality gear that our customers expect of PRG Nocturne US and UK.”

In 2014, the UK operation has supported numerous tours and festival appearances including The Eagles, Katy Perry, Metallica, Skrillex, Franz Ferdinand, Bastille, Linkin Park, and The Rolling Stones. They have also worked with a roster of corporate clients which included 3D projection mapping for the launch of Vodafone Firsts ‘Pitch your #First’ campaign for the Wasserman Media Group.

Irving Azoff of Azoff MSG Entertainment says “We’ve always loved working with PRG Nocturne. With the addition of PRG Nocturne in the UK, they just got better.”

Bob O’Brien, Production Manager for The Script and Franz Ferdinand comments, “I cannot emphasise the importance of having PRG Nocturne on our side every step of the way. Now that PRG Nocturne is fully established in the UK, I can rest assured every detail is well in-hand.”

PRG Nocturne’s well-respected and experienced UK team includes Chief Sales Officer Rich Rowley, Account Director Stefaan Michels, and Head of Video Services Mark O’Herlihy.

With 25 years of experience, Rowley looks forward to the opportunities that having a fully stocked and staffed PRG Nocturne operation in the UK will offer customers. “With the warehouse in Longbridge and the core account management team in our Covent Garden office, we will be able to optimise the way we do business with designers and production. PRG Nocturne is completely committed to ensuring that we offer all our customers the innovative products, solid solutions, and convenient, timely response they need. We will expand our client base across markets as we apply our knowledge from years of touring to elevate the video experience for other markets.”

Michels and O’Herlihy are the ideal choices to help develop the UK operation’s expansion having both originated from PRG Nocturnes US operation. Michels comments, “What’s great about PRG Nocturne is they invest in people,” he says. “We plan to keep working as a team to drive the industry and PRG Nocturne in the UK forward with new gear, new markets, and new people.”

O’Herlihy agrees wholeheartedly and adds, “PRG Nocturne will continue to innovate; create custom solutions; and offer a full range of LED products on a much larger scale than we’ve ever done before. We have always been known for a core team of really talented people and that’s what expanding the UK operation of PRG Nocturne is building upon.”

To learn more about PRG Nocturne’s services in the UK, please contact us at:

The Cofton Centre, Grovely Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, B31 4PT +44 845 470 6400

Sussex House, 143 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9AD +44 845 470 6400

Rich Rowley – rrowley@prg.com, +44 121 477 1176

Stefaan Michels – smichels@prgnocturne.com, +44 208 335 6048

Mark O’Herlihy – moherlihy@prgnocturne.com, +44 121 477 1232

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Book of New Zealand

The Book of New Zealand

PRG helped realize The Book of New Zealand bringing sweeping landscapes, magnificent and magical locations and movie magic all together for the U.S. premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the New Line Cinema/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures feature film. Tourism New Zealand created a unique five-day immersive event space in the parking lot of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, relying on Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) to help realize this massive undertaking. The Book of New Zealand’s innovative walk-through, multi-media installation environment featured actual set elements of the film. Used for the press junket of the filmmakers, parties, and fan events, the unprecedented, built from scratch environment transported all who entered into the world of the film and the beauty of New Zealand.

PRG worked closely with Tourism New Zealand and the filmmakers from 3 Foot 7 Ltd., the film’s production company, to present a truly unique Middle-earth experience. PRG provided all of the lighting, video, and audio as well as all of the production personnel and ancillary elements. The Book of New Zealand’s VIP opening night began with a 90-second film featuring director Peter Jackson paging through a pop-up book of the country’s diverse and striking locations from The Hobbit trilogy. Projected on a 50’Wx35’H roll drop screen, the tourism video concluded with a shot of the dragon Smaug breathing fire at the audience. On cue, large CO2 blasts covered the screen and dramatic lighting emulated flames. The screen quickly rolled up masked in the smoke and the reveal opened up the immersive, walk-through pop-up book event space. Filled with locations created to reflect New Zealand, which including actual film sets and props, guests could then walk into the book and through the landscape, all located on the 65’Wx100’Dx55’H roofed stage.

Helming the design of this immersive event experience was The Hobbit’s production designer Dan Hennah, joined by the film’s supervising art director Simon Bright, and set decorator Ra Vincent. The lighting was designed by the film’s key rigging gaffer Dave Brown working in conjunction with lighting designer Jason DeBoers from PRG. Bill Daly, system engineer, PRG Audio oversaw the audio and PRG’s Phil Galler handled projection. PRG also dealt with all of the permitting and site coordination working with Patrick Stansfield & Associates.

Initially contacted by the film’s rigging gaffer, Dave Brown, about getting some lighting equipment for the event, PRG was then contacted by the Hennah’s design team about broadening their scope of work on the LA event. “PRG came on board, really as our team that would put together everything,” explains Hennah, “especially the really demanding aspects of how to do this thing in the hotel’s car park. We also needed a screen that was 35’ tall and 50’ wide; and a solution to ‘how do you move the screen quickly after the film clip so that we could invite people to go through the environment that we had created. PRG sourced that for us and they came up with using a couple of rock stages back to back so we had enough depth to fit our set pieces in as well as have a large VIP area to host the function.” PRG was happy to provide whatever the film and tourism teams needed to make this project a reality. Sourcing the stage and fast retracting screen, as well as providing two brand new Barco 40K projectors for the opening film projection was just a part of the wide scope of coordination and implementation of the final design that PRG provided on the project.

Set Up Scenery Day Hobbit Book of NZ IMG_6973PRG also brought in a production management team from Patrick Stansfield & Associates, including project director Patrick Stansfield, production manager Kent Black, and production coordinator Arturo Cisneros to oversee the project work onsite and handle the logistics involved with this trans-Pacific project. While Stansfield, a legend in the production management field was the overall production supervisor, Black was production manager on the site, and Cisneros dealt with the city and the hotel, coordinating permits and security.




Traffic management on the tiny 50-car parking lot was one of the biggest challenges on this project. The team had to work in the confined lot right off a busy Santa Monica Boulevard—with a very tight ingress and egress. In fact, they had to trim back some of the hotel’s palm trees as well as temporarily removing some of the trees. The biggest technical challenge was getting the equipment in and out of the site. They couldn’t keep empties on site; they had to go back to PRG and the footprint of the double-sized concert stage that took up well over half of the lot.

A lot of the project came down to logistics, but working in such a tight, land-locked site had its issues. It took them four days to build the Total Structures’ roof structure, which normally would have taken two days. The roof and stage structure required a lot of engineering because it was right up against the hotel building on one side. The production team had to come up with a system where they extended kickers off on the opposite side to give some stability to the roof. Plus they were dealing with the four-foot grade change of the parking lot.

The production team also had to deal the fire department mandated open entrance and 20’ fire lane as a part of the safety requirements. They had to keep one of the gates open and create an opening wide enough to let fire trucks pass underneath, so they built a four-poster truss bridge, which is where the projectors were mounted on top.

The set design from the scenic team included pools and rocks that would be in and around the film’s set pieces. On the stage two ponds were built, so the decking in those areas were mounted two feet lower with a heavy-duty liner. The two ponds, each about a foot deep, were created onstage. Then they poured concrete in three of the areas and sculpted them out to look like rocks and stones. In total, there were four film sets on the stage; they brought six sea containers from New Zealand with the real sets and props used in the movies. The original pieces of the actual movie sets and props were matched with photos of the real landscapes so the environment successfully highlighted how the film’s Middle-earth fantasy is firmly attached to the real life landscapes of New Zealand.

In the middle of the set pieces, they created a VIP party area that was approximately 20’x60’. There were three rectangular truss pods hung from the roof for the lighting. On the fourth day of the roof build is when all the lighting truss went in, because they had to get it all in before they could load-in the scenery on the fifth day. Site preparation and load-in began at the Beverly Hilton on November 13th and the cleared site was handed back to the hotel on December 9th.

Production Designer Dan Hennah enjoyed his time working with the LA-based production team. “It was a very pleasant experience,” he says. “The whole thing worked flawlessly and everyone’s been great. It was a marriage of film and rock ‘n’ roll. The discipline of running a large rock show—we don’t have the knowledge—but we do have the discipline being ready on the day, so it was a really cool team that they put together to bring our world into a new discipline. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot on how things work in LA. It’s been really good to meet the people at PRG, they have been a great resource.”

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Media Servers for Lighting Programmers
6/26/2014 Projects

Summer Reading for Lighting Programmers

Starting to pull together your summer reading selections? Be sure to include Media Servers for Lighting Programmers, A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Digital Lighting. Written by Las Vegas-based PRG Product Specialist Vickie Claiborne, long known for her insightful Video Digerati column for PLSN magazine, has now published her first book. With the Focal Press publication of Media Servers for Lighting Programmers, Claiborne offers a depth of technical support and expertise in all areas of lighting, video, and digital media products in an informative and instructive manner.

She has created a ‘go to’ resource reference guide for lighting programmers who are starting to work with media servers for control of video, audio, lighting, and projection content. As lighting and video have converged in recent years in all forms of production—concerts, television, theatre, corporate events, etc—and lighting designers and programmers are often called upon to control portions, if not all of the video found in most production designs today, her book could not be more timely. She offers background, a little history, and then delves deeply into the area between lighting and video.

Grounded in Claiborne’s extensive knowledge and experience, the book is written in an easy to read style without over simplification. The book contains a wealth of information on working effectively with media servers. It includes useful related terminology, descriptions, and more advanced topics like setting up a console for use with a media server, patching a media server on a lighting console, and accessing the features of the media server via a lighting console or remote control software.

Having started as a lighting designer and programmer in the early 90s, Claiborne understands the relationship and nuances between lighting and video control. That extensive knowledge in both areas make her well suited to helping bridge them. At PRG, she daily offers technical support and expertise in all areas of lighting and video design and programming. Well respected in the entertainment technology industry, she often speaks at LDI and provides training for a wide variety of groups including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

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PRG Nocturne Supports Katy Perry Prismatic Tour
6/23/2014

LED Video Screens shape Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour using solutions from PRG Nocturne

Having completed the first European leg of her Prismatic World Tour and now starting dates throughout North America, Katy Perry invites her audiences into a visually stunning concert experience. “Everything with Katy is larger than life so the design needed to reflect that. The stage itself is a statement,” points out Show Director and Designer Baz Halpin. Helping Halpin and Perry make that strong visual statement is PRG Nocturne.

Supporting her album, Prism and calling the tour the Prismatic World Tour, Perry had a vision of where to start in the look of the show’s design. “She wanted a large triangular LED Video screen on a triangular stage,” explains Halpin. “That was the basis of the design—the shape. Everything else plays into that.” Halpin conceived the enormous 70’ wide by 34’ tall automated tracking triangular LED video screen that is, as he says, “the backbone of the show; it’s used in everything but the unplugged section of the performance. The main challenge was to make sure that the screen wasn’t too overbearing. We spent a lot of time making sure that it wasn’t going to overpower the action onstage.”

The first leg of Perry’s tour took Europe by storm garnering successful reviews throughout the UK. PRG Nocturne’s UK team, who handled the Prismatic World Tour, also supported Katy Perry’s iTunes performance last year at the Roundhouse in London.

To realize Halpin’s dynamic creative design and offer a reliable, globally tourable solution to the challenging element, he turned to PRG Nocturne. “We needed a very experienced crew and an experienced vendor, which obviously PRG Nocturne have that pedigree. They have the experience of dealing with huge shows like this that have to be transported on a daily basis and work every time. It is very important to have their experienced crew and their support to carry that out, which PRG Nocturne does.”

The LED prism-shaped video backdrop, used as both a scenic and dynamic lighting solution throughout the evening as well as for cutting in I-MAG camera shots at times, is actually three separate pyramid-shaped screens comprised of over 700 PRG Nocturne V-9 Lite LED Video Modules. The hi-resolution V-9 Lite product offers a lighter weight LED screen option without compromising image quality. Cutting weight was important, not only to better address touring needs but because of the scale of the LED screen Halpin wanted on the stage. Even with the V-9 Lite it weighs in at 40,000lbs.

“Because the V-9 Lite is so lightweight it’s an ideal solution for touring, certainly it was the right solution for this production,” explains Mark O’Herlihy, PRG Nocturne’s UK Head of Video Services. “Beyond the weight considerations it also still delivers an equally high quality, high-definition picture, which is always important when you have such a strong visual element with such rich content.”

PRG Nocturne is also supplying the Prismatic World Tour with several other LED video elements including their V-9 LED Modules for a rising pyramid Perry enters through at the top of the show, and flexible digiLED LED product that wraps around a huge multi-layered birthday cake set piece. For playback control and to allow truly creative flexibility the tour’s Video Director Omar Montes-Rangel, from PRG Nocturne, is using two PRG Mbox media servers. PRG Nocturne crew on the tour also includes video engineer Eugene McAuliffe, the video crew chief John Moore as well as the LED screen technicians, the camera operators and projectionist.

The PRG Nocturne UK is going to have a busy summer supporting artists including The Rolling Stones, Linkin Park, and Metallica for their European tours. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour will continue to play North American dates through October. She heads to Australia and New Zealand for November and December before returning for a second European leg, ending the tour in late March, 2015.

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6/20/2014 Projects

PRG Expands Leadership Team with Seasoned Marketing Executive

Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that Stephen Lambright has joined its executive leadership team as vice president of marketing.

With over 20 years of international marketing and brand development experience, Lambright will be responsible for the company’s global marketing strategies, implementation of marketing programs that enhance and expand PRG’s industry leadership, and promotion of PRG innovations to partners and clients. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Lambright will report to PRG’s CEO, Jeremiah Harris.

“Steve is a welcome addition to our team,” said Harris. “He has demonstrated thoughtful and creative leadership as an executive throughout his career and is a talented marketer who delivers results. Steve joins us at a perfect time to build a global marketing organization within PRG that will support and engage both new and existing partners and clients, while amplifying our presence worldwide. I am looking forward to working with him.”

“It is an honor to join the exceptional team of people at PRG,” stated Lambright. “The talent and passion at this company is remarkable. I look forward to helping continue to shape and fortify the PRG brand in the global marketplace to ensure our continued growth and success.”

Lambright is a proven marketing executive who brings deep integrated marketing and branding experience to PRG. Lambright previously held executive positions in marketing, strategy, and business development at some of the world’s most innovative companies including XOJET, Apprion, Savi, NetObjects, Narus, and Informix. He received his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

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