Production Resource Group Utrecht (PRG - formerly EML Productions and XL Video) specialises in Audio, Light, LED, Video and Rigging for events.
We are the world's largest turnkey AV supplier. In addition to the latest top of the edge equipment, we also provide our clients with our know-how and long term experience to make every event shine.
We work for trade shows, corporate events, concerts, musicals, theatre, tv productions, international events, sporting events and we provide permanent installations at venues.
PRG has over 35 years of experience and numerous excellent references in every segment of the events industry. We have 43 international affiliates around the world.
Managing Director PRG Belgium, Netherlands & France
Bob Walpot is Managing Director for PRG Belgium, Netherlands and France.
Bob joined PRG in 2014 as Assets Analyst and is the driving force behind the concept and implementation of our current operations systems and procedures. In early 2017, he became Head of Department for Assets Central Europe stepping up to Director of Operations and Asset Strategy in 2018.
During his International Business studies, Bob specialised in Supply Chain Management and has since built an extensive experience in the event and music industry.
His multilingualism ensures smooth communication throughout the Central European region.
Bertil Van Veen
Bertil van Veen has been in the event industry since the beginning of his professional career 30 years ago. He has honed his project and sales management skills in different segments of the industry, including Rotterdam Ahoy, ACS Events, XL Video, Faber AV and Van der Veen Event Engineering. In his role as General Manager, he coordinates business operations and contributes to development and implementation of effective business strategies for PRG Netherlands. In his spare time, Bertil can also be found skiing or snowboarding on the snowy slopes in Austria or traveling to Spain with his two teenage daughters.
Alex Van Vlierberghe
Director Finance, HR & Administration
Alex Vlierberghe has over 15 years experience in finance and change management. His experience in the IT sector, where he has supervised the financial aspect of numerous mergers and acquisitions, make him the right person to manage the finances for PRG Belgium, Holland, Spain and the affiliate in France. Alex is a motivated, multilingual manager and father of two children.
PRG is a service provider for event, movie and television production. We offer real full service, from consulting and planning to implementation. We see ourselves as partners of companies, agencies, designers, producers, promoters and many others who are responsible for the content of events.
With this philosophy, the PRG Group has become one of the world’s leading providers. While we don’t see size as an end in itself, it does help us offer our customers better service, better products and better prices, for the following reasons:
People make the difference
Over 3000 skilled professionals work as a close-knit team for the PRG Group worldwide: account managers, project managers, interior designers, designers, graphic designers, marketing specialists, engineers, event managers, event technicians, craftsmen and many more. In addition, we dispose of a large pool of regular freelancers. For special tasks, we can draw on the expertise of our PRG colleagues anywhere.
So an experienced team is available for each of your projects, regardless of its size.
There are LED suppliers, sound engineers and effects specialists on the market. Companies for set design, conference technology and radio equipment rentals...
Sounds complicated? It is! To make things easier for you, PRG provides the necessary expertise in each of these areas, enabling you to source the entire implementation from a single source. This eliminates the need for you to coordinate with different service providers, avoids the risk of misunderstandings – and not least saves on cost, as we can leverage synergies.
Moreover, if additional external specialists are needed we will be happy to handle their coordination as well – so that you can trust that everything is really being handled from a single source.
You can rely on us
Safety is the top priority in our industry – starting with the safety of employees, stakeholders and visitors. We ensure that all legal requirements are complied with. Unfortunately, this is not a given in the industry.
But our customers also need to feel safe in trusting that everything will run smoothly. Therefore, we do everything possible to identify possible glitches and eliminate any flaws in the process. Our on-site managers work according to a manual that minutely regulates everything – from compliance with laws to our own checklists.
Simpler is better
As a PRG customer you always have a single point of contact: your personal account manager. Usually they will have worked in the industry for over 15 years and have spent many years with us. They will support your projects from initial quote to final invoicing. To ensure that your account manager is always accessible to you, they are supported by project managers who take care of the detailed planning.
And if you ever need to simultaneously stage two or three events, you will have two or three project teams available without having to switch between account managers.
As you can see, we do everything to make working with us as easy as possible. After all, the task of coordinating an event is already complex enough.
From S to XXL
The fact that we handle very large projects can create the impression that we are mainly interested in major events. In fact, events of this magnitude account for only about 10% of our turnover. Well over half of the projects we carry out have a budget lower that €25,000.
No matter how big a project is, the devil is in the details. Therefore, each event must be planned individually and with great care. It really helps to have a full-service provider at your side asking the right questions and furnishing the right answers – and who can therefore provide a customized solution for any event. Why settle for less?
Control your costs
At PRG there are no nasty surprises at the end, because we usually quote a fixed price for projects – and invoice at this fixed price.
And while we’re on the subject of price: PRG offers excellent value for money. Because of the large number of projects we work on, our resources are continuously utilized. Our efficient organization means that we can realize savings in many areas – and our customers benefit from the advantages of our capacity utilization.
High utilization not only leads to better prices, but also ensures the economical use of natural resources. Wherever possible, we will of course use energy-saving products.
You can read about our strengths in the individual segments by clicking on the link to the homepage of a given line of business (“Our Services” in menu).
History of the PRG Group
PRG’s growth as a company has paralleled the development of modern technology in the live entertainment industry. Founded in 1982 by Jere Harris as Jeremiah J. Harris Associates, and later renamed Harris Production Services, the company was joined two years later by Scenic Technologies, founded to develop new scenic fabrication and automation techniques for the live entertainment market. Landmarks of those early years include the long-running musical production The Phantom of the Opera (1988), which featured the debut of the patented Stage Command® motion control system, and EFX (1995) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which was produced by Harris, and with a budget of $45 million, remains one of the largest theatrical shows ever.
Responding to growing customer requests for a one-stop production solution, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) was established in 1995. PRG increased its capabilities over the next several years through a number of strategic acquisitions, including lighting and audio companies such as Vanco and Cinema Services (1996); Bash (1997); and Promix (1998). The acquisitions of Light & Sound Design (1998) and VLPS® Lighting Services (2004) brought the teams responsible for many of the pioneering innovations in our industry, setting the stage for a series of industry-leading proprietary products that continue to set PRG apart today.
With the acquisition of the Chicago based company High Performance Images (HPI) in 2007 as well as the Hi-Tech Rentals and Essential Lighting Great Britain (both 2008) it was possible for PRG to increase its share in the corproate event industry considerably.
In 2009, PRG took a giant step forward into the global marketplace with the acquisition of PROCON MultiMedia AG. This move has solidified PRG’s position as the premier resource in the entertainment and event technology industry, with a unique global brand and a strong presence and customer base in major markets and geographic locations worldwide. With the integration of Showtec in 2010 this position in central Europe was increased even further.
Jere is widely recognized as a transformative figure in entertainment and event production, having led PRG to become a global company serving the theatre, film, television, broadcast, concert touring, events and staging and hotels markets. Today PRG has 72 locations spanning five continents and holds over 350 patents and trademarks for its proprietary technology. Jere founded Production Resource Group, L.L.C., in 1995, and guided its growth through strategic acquisitions in lighting, audio, video, automation, scenic and labor solutions.
He is part of the fourth generation of a family of theatre pioneers and took his first job in a scenic shop at age 16. Among his many professional accomplishments, he presented EFX, an entertainment landmark which opened at the MGM Las Vegas and ran for nearly eight years. He also produced Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the most technically complex production ever mounted on a Broadway stage. Jere has earned top honors across market segments, including four Tony Awards, multiple Drama Desk Awards, and an Engineering Emmy Award for PRG’s GroundControl Followspot system. He is also the recipient of the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest recognition in the live event industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Stephan Paridaen is a Belgian born entrepreneur who has been involved in the entertainment technology industry for over 25 years. He studied economics at the University of Antwerp and received an MBA at the Vrije University of Brussels, all while founding a software company for the construction industry. He then continued his education and earned a degree from Harvard University.
In 1993, Stephan was hired as laureate of the Prince Albert Fund by Barco, an industry leader in digital projection and imaging technology. He was sent to Prague to develop the emerging Eastern European markets and shortly after transferred to Singapore as the company’s Asia sales and marketing lead.
Upon returning to Belgium, Stephan founded Barco’s LED display division which led to the development of projection systems that transformed digital cinema globally and formed the basis for Barco’s Media & Entertainment division, which he led from 2001 to 2009.
In 2010, Stephan joined PRG out of Belgium, where he’s played a key role overseeing the acquisitions, development and continual growth of the EMEA and APAC markets, improving operational results and expanding offerings as President and COO of the company.
Now in 2022, Stephan begins his next chapter at PRG as CEO based out of New York City.
History of PRG Netherlands
In 2011, PRG acquired EML Productions, a big European company in the entertainment technology with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands & Spain. EML was founded in 1979 and has been growing considerably over the past 30 years. EML offered lighting, sound and video for concert tours, festivals, fashion shows, trade fairs, television & theatre and events.
In 2015 PRG took a step forward into the global marketplace with the acquisition of XL video, one of the largest providers of premier multi-market video services.
Is PRG the right partner for me?
For some customers, creativity is the main focus; for others, the fulfillment of a precise specification is the top priority; yet others are primarily concerned about price. We make our living by skilfully handling these different requirements.
Our segment strategy allows us to focus on a wide range of different event genres. Our account managers usually only work in one or two of our lines of business, and are therefore very well versed in the type of event they supervise. And yet, because of the close proximity of our offices, they do not lose sight of new ideas and technologies from the other segments.
Furthermore, we have a very flexible and powerful organisation, with 40 international affiliates around the from where we serve nationwide and international projects.
Please contact us – we will be happy to cost your next project for you.