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Roisin_Murphy_Live_from_PRG
19/11/2020

An emotional performance from Roisin Murphy at PRG’s Live Space!

The need for music and connection between the artist and its audience is greater than ever and Roisin Murphy chose this moment in time to get the band together for an emotional Livestream from PRG’s Live Space!

Rhianna Kenny-Wybrow, Roisin Murphy’s Manager said: "For Roisin to build a show inside such an incredible space, that usually would be a hive of activity during the autumn touring season, felt very poignant. Roisin, her band and crew have been hugely restricted this year due to Covid-19. Live shows have been such a massive and enjoyable part of our team for so long; connecting with audiences around the world and working and traveling together as a family. This Mixcloud performance almost feels like an ode to what we have all missed out on. Working with PRG and Squire has been an absolute pleasure and we are incredibly happy to have collectively pulled this off in such strange and uncertain times. The result speaks for itself and reaffirms Roisin's place at the cutting edge of visual and sonic creativity."

The performance took viewers on a journey through PRG’s warehouse, which was lit with SGM P5 fixtures and GLP JDC LED Strobes. As Roisin walked the length of the building for the opening and closing track, PRG staff used Source 4 Lustr 2 fixtures to follow her.

Lighting Director Tom Schofield created an amazing asymmetric design in the live space. The back wall was split in two halves, half was an LED screen, and the other half was created by an array of Clay Paky Mythos fixtures and GLP X4 Bar 20's, creating a wall of light which could be dimmed to reveal the expanse and depth of the warehouse which was lit throughout the show. This was supported by a flown diamond of Solaris Flare Strobes and Mythos to complete the grid look.

The performance was shot on 2 handheld cameras, 2 track mounted cameras and a 24’ jib.

The video for the show was displayed on a Roe 3.4mm Black Onyx Hi-Res 6m x 7m LED screen and the playback system was controlled using a Barco E2 system that was based in the gallery area, with additional positions for producer viewing, engineering, record, video playback and lighting control.

The floor stage was surrounded by a continuous line of GLP X4 Bar 20 fixtures which were designed to capture the viewer's attention and draw focus to a centre column of X4 Bars for effects and sweeps.

Phil Tidy, Founder of Squire Studio said: “The PRG team were supportive at every stage, supplying the PRG warehouse as a canvas and kit! The results speak for themselves - a great event from start to finish!”

Leading the way with direction, Roisin described it as taking the spirit on a creative adventure bringing together music and visuals with a live show and band – anything can happen!

The event, which was streamed by Mixcloud on Saturday 14th November 2020, was broadcast at 4 different times to allow ticket purchasers from all over the world the opportunity to tune in. Special thanks to Technical Director/Editor Benny Tricket, Lighting Director Tom Schofield, Filming Producer Phil Tidy and Production Squire.

 

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CBSO 100 Year Celebration
28/09/2020

Production collaboration from PRG's Live Space allows orchestra to celebrate their centenary with a global audience!

Birmingham-based companies Outdoor Places and Unusual Spaces (OPUS), JA Productions and Production Resource Group (PRG) partnered with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) to deliver their first full 75-piece socially distanced orchestral performance since lockdown began, at PRG's Live Space in Longbridge, reaching an international audience.

The performance by the CBSO was staged to commemorate their 100th birthday celebrations and was streamed free of charge on YouTube and Facebook. So far it has had over 170,000 views and received global positive support. The performance, which is believed to be the largest gathering of musicians seen since lockdown, was conducted by former CBSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle.

The closure of the Birmingham Symphony Hall earlier this year meant that the CBSO
s centenary birthday celebrations were unable to take place. At a time when the Live Event industry has gone dark with a ban on mass gatherings, safety of all involved was paramount. John Adkins, Managing Director of JA Productions and long-time collaborator, visited the PRG Live Space facility back in June and immediately saw the potential for the Orchestra - it was the perfect place to shoot a Livestream with over 75 performers, all whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Birmingham-based independent arts producer and OPUS Managing Director Caroline Davis has a long-standing relationship with the CBSO. OPUS worked alongside the orchestra to develop the concept and delivery model leading the creative production team, including digital content creators Takt.

PRG supplied the studio set up including; a 40m2 3mm Black Onyx LED Video wall which showcased bespoke content that celebrates the CBSO
s centenary as an Orchestra of Firsts, over 150 automated lighting fixtures, PRG Ground Control™ Follow Spot units and full HD cameras. PRG also supplied the post-production edit suite and set up a fully backed-up livestream via LAN satellite and high-speed internet to ensure minimal disruption. 5 guest artists dressing rooms, a technical production office, personal space for guest artists to warm up in private and socially distanced break out areas for each of the 75 members of the orchestra.

Everyone involved in the CBSO Centenary was temperature checked on arrival with PRG
s proprietary Smartxcan” Temperature scanners. To ensure additional safety for everyone in the building, PRG also brought in an air handling unit to regulate and circulate the air, in line with requirements.

Managing Director of OPUS, Caroline Davis said:
“We were delighted to conceive this event for the CBSO and ensure that they had a celebration befitting their 100th birthday. We identified an opportunity for the Orchestra, having seen the potential impact that live streams have offered the arts. We felt a virtual performance was the key to enabling the celebrations to go ahead without further delay and bring music back to people’s lives, albeit in their living rooms than a concert hall.”

Vice President of Event Services, Richard Gorrod said:
It was an honour to be part of this celebration. Everything went smoothly from start to finish and the Production team and Orchestra management were a pleasure to work with from day one back in July! An enormous amount of pre-production is required for a ground-breaking event like this. Although PRG has vast experience in all types of events, each one is unique and poses its own set of challenges. I am pleased to say we overcame these challenges and provided solutions for everything from air handling to acoustic reflection! Whilst providing state of the art lighting and video systems of course!”

Chief Executive of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Stephen Maddock said:
“The Orchestra have had a flood of positive well-wishes and messages from our audiences, board, staff and international equivalents from across the world, saying how much they enjoyed the Centenary celebrations. The figures show the incredible reach our music making can have. The planning, management and support we had from these two local companies meant that we were able to overcome a multitude of challenges to get the orchestra back playing again and we have taken huge strides forward in our digital programming capability.”

Managing Director of JA Productions, John Adkins said
“We have worked with OPUS on a number of major events and we have a long-standing relationship with the CBSO, to assist with the technical production of their performances. It was a great pleasure to be part of this project and challenge our current circumstances to deliver a world class digital performance for a world class orchestra. The collaboration brought together a perfect harmony of skills and we are pleased to see how successful it has been.” 

The CBSO's 100th Birthday Celebration is available on Vimeo, to stream FREE until 30th September.

cbso.co.uk/cbso100

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 Sleepless the Musical
23/09/2020

Theatre awakens with Sleepless: A Musical Romance

The long-awaited anticipated return of theatre is over! Based on the original screenplay of Sleepless in Seattle, Sleepless: A Musical Romance, is the first new indoor musical since theatres closed in March. PRG were on hand to support with Lighting, Video and LED – and we must say, it’s great to be back.

Peter Marshall, Director of Theatre for PRG worked closely with Lighting Designer Ken Billington, a longstanding client of PRG on both Broadway and the West End. Ken was supported by Associate Dale Driscoll and Programmer Victoria Brennan. Billington used a lighting rig mainly consisting of Mac Viper Performances along with PRG’s new Icon Stage LED profile with lots of GLP X4 wash lights and X4 Bar 20 battens supported by ETC Revolutions and Source Four’s. The musical, which is live at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, is housed in the old Fountain Studios sound stage, which proved tricky to achieve the usual positions of a standard theatre set-up. This meant a large amount of trussing was required to mimic the normal theatre positions and each position had to be created and was unique to the show. With this, any change, no matter how small, impacted the set up, so this was carefully crafted out and installed by Production Electrician Sam Floyd and his team with the support of PRG and rigging from Unusual.

The 106 Sqm Everbrighten BR7 LED Display consisted of 426 Active LED tiles spread across 10 LED Columns and 2 LED Banners, which created the backdrop to the show. The key focus was to achieve a 10-bit colour on the LED walls. For the server, Video Designer Ian William Galloway selected the Disguise Gx2c media server with Brompton M2 Processing and two Panasonic DZ21K Projectors.

The production which is showcased to a socially distanced audience took the safety of all involved very seriously. The producers and venue followed current Government guidelines and for added safety, Producer Michael Rose and Damien Sanders sourced Covid Testing which could be done within an hour. Everyone onsite was tested daily to ensure they could operate in a Covid free environment.

Producer of Sleepless, Michael Rose said: “Peter Marshall and all at PRG have been the most incredible supporters, colleagues and friends on everything we’ve done, but in these most challenging of times, they have turned into saviours for our show and our industry. For that, I will always be grateful and humbled. Being professional with a heart and an understanding of what is needed is paramount for any new production – and PRG have got it in bucket loads.”

Overwhelmed by Michael Rose’s kind words Peter Marshall, PRG’s Director of Theatre added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be involved with this exciting new show and especially in the face of adversity given the current turbulent situation the live events and theatre market is facing. Thank you to Michael Rose, Lighting Designer Ken Billington, Video Designer Ian William Galloway and their teams for their enthusiasm, persistence and bravery with this show – the hard work has certainly paid off!”

All in all, a lovely musical, a nice story and a very happy ending for all involved. The show will go on…

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02/04/2020

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its know-how to help patients and health workers in Berlin and New York by crafting face shields and building a temporary hospital.

We are responding to the rapidly changing needs of our customers during this emergency, and, with projects like these taking shape around the globe, we are actively at work in the fight against the coronavirus. PRG has resources with direct applicability to this important cause, and we take great pride in playing a role,” said Jere Harris, PRG’s Chairman and CEO.

New York Personal Protection Equipment Production

PRG Scenic Technologies in New Windsor, New York, alongside two other local sub-contracting companies, is working in partnership with NYU Langone Health to manufacture face shields for health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in New York City. The project aims to produce close to 300,000 pieces in just under two weeks.
“We’re proud to be a part of this initiative and hope to continue to help those who are aiding in this crisis,” said Mark Peterson, General Manager who is leading this effort. “By utilizing versatile production methods and intelligent design and in working with Local 311 stagehand labor, we’re going to be able to turn out these shields in record time.”
The team has reworked traditional production line assembly to adhere to guidelines for social distancing to ensure worker health.

Temporary Overflow Hospital in Berlin

PRG Germany has been assigned by the Senate Administration for Health, Nursing and Equality, to fully equip a temporary hospital in Hall 26 at the Berlin Expo Center. The ‘Corona - Jafféstraße Treatment Centre’ will serve as an overflow hospital receiving respiratory patients who can no longer find a place in Berlin’s clinics.
Construction started on March 30th and the hospital is targeted to become operational in approximately 20- 25 days and it will operate for as long as necessary.  In cooperation with the engineering office Genius, PRG will deliver and install lighting, truss and hoists for the suspension of the lighting fixtures, gas and water pipes. Furthermore PRG also delivers the IT infrastructure and approximately 25 tons of cabling for the basic supply of electricity to the different beds, including the medical equipment.
“PRG is taking its significant resources directly to the battle against COVID-19. We are proud to support this temporary hospital and hope to help bring the global pandemic to an end,” says Stephan Paridaen, President and COO.

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The Script Tour
23/03/2020

Sunsets and Full Moons - PRG uses automation for The Script’s latest tour!

Irish pop-rockers, The Script, kicked off their 2020 tour at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on 21st February!

When the tour was announced, Production Resource Group teamed up with Production Manager Tony Gittins and Lighting Designer Jamie Thompson to provide lighting and video for the tour.

Lighting Designer Jamie Thompson said: “We wanted to create something that symbolised the iconography from the album artwork ‘Sunsets and Full Moons’. The design was contemporary and everything on the stage was either curved or circular. We have a good working relationship with PRG and we pitched the design to see what they came back with and were over-the-moon to support.”



Lining the upstage edge were eight PRG BAT pre-rig lighting towers containing PRG’s very own ICON STAGE fixture behind a semi-transparent curved PURE10 screen, with ROE LED, which is supported by half a 40-meter Curve Truss Circle frame.

Not designed to curve, PRG enlisted the help of PRG Projects to help manufacture the PURE10 curve. They created a 10-degree spacer bracket which helped us to achieve the required look. Video imagery was fed to the LED screen via a media server giving a 24m by 10m wide canvas which showcased the extravaganza. This was complimented by the CB5 screen to showcase a variety of different looks throughout the performance.

The centre circle screen which consisted of an 8M Truss Circle with ROE CB5 LED panels, was suspended directly above the artists. The safety of all involved was paramount, because of this, PRG opted for the Movecat automation SIL-3 system, which allows both vertical and horizontal movement and incorporates the highest level of safety standards for moving items in such a sensitive location.



Sunsets and full moons

The other unique element to the show was the 4-meter moon which was suspended above the centre stage in the middle of the audience. The moon was also fully automated to enable sleek, horizontal movement throughout the show.

The energy never dies

PRG kept the show ‘lit’ with a mix of ICON EDGE’s, VL4000 Beamwash’s, GLP JDC1, Clay Paky B-EYE K25’s, GLP Impression Fr10 Bar’s and GLP KNV CUBE LED’s which were built into the ego risers stage left and right– to name just a few….! The show also features the award-winning PRG GroundControl™ Followspot System which utilised the PRG Best Boy® HP Spot.

The show opened with the huge track ‘Something Unreal’ and Jamie went all out setting the tone for the rest of the show – an amazing performance all round!

PRG would like to say a special thanks to Lighting Designer Jamie Thompson, Production Manager Tony Gittins and all the Mirrad design team.

Photo credit: Peter Neill

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PRG
17/03/2020

PRG’s very own Bill Martin won the ILMC Medal of Honour for longstanding service!

Project director Bill Martin was awarded the ILMC Medal of Honour for longstanding service to the organisation. ILMC head Greg Parmley presented the award ahead of the ILMC Arthur Awards dinner. Bill Martin’s commitment to the ILMC and his role at PRG doesn’t go unrecognised!

“Bill is one in a million!” said Yvonne Donnelly Smith, Director of Music at PRG. “Bill’s knowledge of touring is second to none. He has brought with him all his years of onsite training and experience into his role as Project Director. His teaching and mentoring of his team at PRG really shines through in every project. Very well-deserved Bill!”

Bill, who heads up the lighting project management team at PRG, has a depth of knowledge which he’s gained from his 40+ years in the live entertainment industry. His support for the industry and its people transcends into everything he does and PRG are proud to see his commitment recognised with this award. He’s the technical backbone of this industry and his dedication is commendable.

Speaking about the award, Bill Martin said - “I’ve worked on the ILMC since ILMC15 back in 2003 and am thrilled and honoured to have been recognised with this award. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m looking forward to what the future will bring”

Great job Bill – we are proud to have you as part of team PRG!

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Music for Marsden
12/03/2020

All-star line-up cancer fundraiser - PRG supports Music for the Marsden!

PRG supplied the lighting and rigging for the Music for the Marsden concert at London’s O2 Arena. 12,000 tickets were sold for the event which brought together thousands of like-minded, music loving individuals with one motive – raising money for the incredible Royal Marsden cancer charity.

The formidable line-up included; Gary Brooker, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Mick Hucknall, Nick Mason, Bonnie Tyler, Rick Wakeman, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Paul Young, Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack, Zucchero, John Illsley & Paul Jones. The star-studded line up teamed up to make a stand against cancer and all funds raised from the concert will go towards building the Oak Cancer Centre, the Royal Marsden’s cancer treatment and research facility.

PRG worked alongside Lighting Designer Steve Nolan to supply lighting and rigging. This consisted of 5 pods made up of Icon Beams and GLP X4’s. A front truss which showcased the award-winning PRG Best Boy® Spots for keylight, as well as 6 towers made up of Icon Beams, GLP X4’s and Solaris Flares. Not forgetting the PRG Bad Boy PRG GroundControl™ Followspots and back spots.

PRG were thrilled to be able to support with this incredible cause, and the reception has been superb. Event Director, Andrew Zweck from Sensible Events said: "The event was a huge success and team PRG did a great job! Everyone involved are so pleased with how well the event went and to top it off, we have raised close to £1 million!"



The night was fantastic from start to finish and there were some real standout moments; from Zucchero’s performance of Miserere which was a truly moving tribute to the late Pavarotti, who passed away in September 2007 of pancreatic cancer, to Bonnie Tyler’s performance of Total Eclipse of a Heart which saw the audience shine the torch on their phone in honour of those who have lost their lives to cancer.

Special thanks to:

Production Manager Steve Reeves, from Pull the Pin out.

Event Director Andrew Zweck, from Sensible Events.

Photo credit:  Colin Hart

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VidCon London
10/03/2020

A massive meet-up for online video fans - PRG partner with Galore for VidCon

VidCon, held at Excel London from 20th to 23rd February, is the world's largest event for fans, creators, executives and brands who are passionate about online video and building diverse communities. This three-day celebration of all things online video offered a packed agenda that engaged the communities, the creators, and the industry with an inspiring mix of main stage speakers, fireside chats, live podcasts, online celebrity and influencer Q&A’s, along with a wealth of industry networking opportunities.

PRG provided full-service lighting, video and audio for all conference and plenary areas. The production team headed up by PRG Technical Account Manager, Dan Cebreiro, worked closely with Galore to create an environment that delivered for the professional industry audience and also provided a colourful, engaging backdrop for the younger community. “We used a screen capture application to present a live TikTok video taken on an iPhone, of online video creator Holly H, which went down well with the community fans, along with triggered audio playback for lip-syncing for the other influencers on the main stage; all great fun," said Cebreiro. “The audio control set up was similar to a festival, using 3 audio consoles, one for the main day conference, a separate console for mixing bands and one side stage for onstage monitors.”

 

The VidCon convention was launched in 2010 and is a global roadshow for online video stars to meet and discuss the emerging business of online video as well as it being a live platform for them to interact with their biggest fans. “For the second annual VidCon London, Dan and his team at PRG were exceptionally professional, adapting to all the last minute changes that are typical for this kind of live event, and playing a key role in the production of some amazing stage shows for the attendees.” said Gerado Lopez, Executive Producer at Galore. “Our next stop is Abu Dhabi followed by Mexico City and then the flagship show in Anaheim, California.”

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Greenford Design & Operations Hub
09/03/2020

The PRG Design & Operations Hub welcomes leading industry professionals to use the state-of-the-art pre-viz suites in Greenford!

Since PRG UK opened its Design & Operations Hub in Greenford back in 2019, the facility has been a huge success! We’ve welcomed a variety of clients across all of our markets to use the state-of-the-art equipment onsite.

The hub, which is located in Greenford, showcases three pre-viz design suites, which provide industry professionals access to a range of resources to assist in creative design and technical planning. Forming an ongoing programme of investment, this new installation features industry leading lighting consoles, and dedicated platforms, running both WYSIWYG and MA3D software, with full HD monitors.



Speaking about the facility, Tiago Lima, PRG Design Services Manager commented: “The three pre-viz suites have been instrumental in providing full lighting service resources. Our new self-contained suites have allowed us to not only provide clients with state-of-the-art resources, but also apply immediate technical support, covering all aspects of production. We continue to welcome further clients from all our areas of our business to come and try out the facilities.”

Created with our customers in mind, the self-contained suites offer relaxed and informal surroundings, making them ideal for client meetings and presentations. The main pre-viz suite is equipped with two programming stations, for co-programming your lighting and video projects. Each station is equipped with audio interfaces, audio inputs, timecode, 1GIG network switches, ARTNET DMX interface and console external screens.

The other two contained suites offer one programming station, suitable for smaller scale productions. The Design and Operations hub also benefits from direct access to an onsite warehouse, full of lighting inventory making it suitable for equipment reference and product demonstrations.



Our Design & Operations Hub recently welcomed Associate Lighting Designer Sean Gleason, and Lighting Programmer Tom Davis from the hugely successful stage musical, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’. The lighting design was slightly modified from Lucy Carter’s original design for the West End production, and for the first time PRG’s Icon Stage lighting fixture was integrated into the amended lighting rig.

Speaking about using the WYSIWYG software, Sean Gleason commented: “The pre-viz suites have allowed us to track the lighting rig and visualise how the rig would look on stage and how the lighting fixtures would be programmed in the touring show. The WYSIWYG software is incredibly accurate to show exactly how the fixtures would be operated during the production and can also give us an indication of where the beams will shine on stage. It helps us create a more balanced rig when lighting the backdrop and the performers on stage and saves on production time, as we can do all this without using up valuable tech rehearsal time leading up to a show opening. PRG have been incredibly welcoming and have assisted in everything we need. The design services team have been great assisting us with additional technical expertise to fulfil all of the lighting and technical requirements.”

For more information on our Design & Operations Hub, view our digital brochure.

Photo credit: Paul Kelly

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Hear Yourself Think 2020 - Bushra Burge
17/02/2020

PRG explores how fusing fashion with technology is helping to humanise the user experience.

We kicked off our 2020 Hear Yourself Think series of industry meetups, held at our London offices in Covent Garden on 29th January, with award-winning creative digital entrepreneur host, Bushra Burge. Bushra shared her insight into the importance of touch and how humanising technology can enrich the user experience.

 

 

The session was a thought-provoking hour of exploring the evolution of haptics, the use of touch, and the future of humanising technology within the world of live events. Bushra shared insight drawn from a few of her recent projects, including Dark Matter, a groundbreaking first of its kind, experiential fashion -VR- haptic piece, which was shortlisted for awards and presented internationally from Colombia to Singapore. Bushra and her team challenged the look of VR, turning the wearer into a piece of the art, particularly poignant in gallery settings where waiting in the queue is as long as the VR experience itself. The experience covered a number of multi-sensory inflatables, hacked blood pressure machines, buzzers, fabric manipulation, and VR headsets to create a holistic wearable story experience.

Our Director of Corporate & Events, John Montague, commented. “We are always interested in learning from the abundance of creative talent out there and finding ways to apply this to the technology we provide within a live event environment. These talks are an opportunity to invite our industry colleagues to join us to do the same for their areas of expertise. They are an opportunity for time-poor industry professionals to take some time out, chat with some interesting people and literally hear themselves think!”

Emma Walker, Head of Creative Resource for Creative Events Agency, We Are Family, added: “Bushra was amazing, I found her work truly inspirational; demonstrating how humanising technology by combining science, communication, VR wearables, fashion and haptics, transformed the user and spectator experience. It really gave some useful takeaways.”

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ICE London 2020
14/02/2020

PRG partner with Clarion Events for ICE London

Bringing together 600+ solutions and 35,000+ professionals across all sectors of gaming, ICE London, held at ExCeL London is the World’s gaming innovation showcase. PRG UK was selected by Clarion Events to deliver world-class overhead lighting and rigging solutions to exhibitors across the venue, alongside supporting Clarion with technical production for the ICE Esports Arena.

As a new initiative for ICE London 2020, ICE London with sponsors GG.BET provided the most complete B2B esports learning experience to be found anywhere in the world, the ICE Esports Arena. Gaming industry visitors had the opportunity to be both exhilarated and educated as they watched eight of the world’s greatest Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams compete in a closed tournament, with a prize pool of $250,000. 

Our team helped facilitate the 200+ strong audience to watch the finalists battle it out from a central stage. An impressive expanse of high-resolution LED immersed the audience in the gameplay, whilst a 2-channel headset gave them the option to check in on the action, or tune in to the gaming professionals, offering sage insight into why esports is becoming increasingly relevant to a wider market. ICE London and GG.BET provided the best of both worlds, demonstrating first hand, how brands can best utilise this exciting market to drive their competitive advantage.

Will Harding, Head of Esports for Clarion Events, was delighted with the response, stating: “The first B2B Esports Arena at this year’s ICE London was a huge success, with thousands of ICE visitors converging to watch the tournament and millions watching on streaming platforms. Working with tech partners such as PRG, that have global reach and local market knowledge is a real advantage when putting together such a unique project.”

Leszek M, Commercial Director for PRG UK added: “Esports is an amazing market for event production technology – it combines the skills and knowledge from TV, Live Theatre drama and Corporate sensibilities, so our UK team was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to deliver  successfully, with Clarion Events across the ICE London 2020 event.”

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Middle Beast 2019
29/01/2020

MDL BEAST, THE LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

December 19th to 21st, 2019, are dates that EDM fans in Saudi Arabia will not easily forget! The very first edition of the MDL Beast Fest held in the capital, Riyadh, was an immediate hit. The stellar line-up included 28 International music acts, such as Tiesto, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and 24 home-grown Saudi Arabian DJs including DJ Duo Dish Dash and EDM DJ Cosmicat. PRG is proud to have provided 360° technology support and production services to this.

From a creative dream to technical reality

The record-breaking festival took place at a purpose-built venue on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Entertainment offerings were split across five stages delivering a truly spectacular event. PRG was the proud provider of 360° technology and production services for this remarkable first of its kind and it proved a real showcase, demonstrating the collective capabilities of the PRG teams from Dubai, UK, Belgium, Germany and France and their ability to collaborate in making that creative dream a technical reality!

MDL Beast is a festival of superlatives. The PRG team set up a total of 480 tons of equipment on-site — audio, lighting, video and rigging for the five primary stages — but it’s not all about the gear!

For this world-class and amazing first in the region, PRG has come together as a global team to deliver production excellence across all disciplines. This is what PRG is all about…it’s all about our people!

 

5 stages, 1 big immersive experience

More than 400,000 visitors immersed themselves across the 5 performance arenas, each of them beyond spectacular in terms of scale and visual impact! This, together with a mix of art & cultural zones, fashion activations and food & beverage outlets created a fantastic festival setting.

“We delivered over 3000 square metres of high resolution LED Screens across the festival site, from the impressive and Guinness World Record winning main stage, reaching some 37 metres high, to the immersive 360 degree video performance zones, the scale of this event was truly mind-blowing ”, explains Niel Beelen.

PRG in the Middle East

The supply of state-of-the art equipment was simply one aspect of our scope of work for MDL Beast. Added to this technology was the supply of a diverse range of technical specialists from the across the PRG world.

“PRG is all about technical production services. In a short time-frame our teams across three continents were able to come together team to deliver a truly mega event. MDL Beast was a great festival and we are really proud to have played a part in making this a success!” says Stephan Paridaen, CEO of PRG Group, who was in Saudi Arabia for the occasion. Paridaen continues: “We are really proud to be supporting the vision of 2030, delivered by the Saudi Arabian Leadership, has a focus on culture and tourism, sports and entertainment and what better example than this amazing event, MDL Beast!”

PRG wants to thank and congratulate MDL Beast LLC and Sela for this incredible achievement and to our fantastic global PRG Team.

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23/01/2020

PRG was proud to provide video screens, cameras, PPU and media servers for the 50th anniversary of Centrepoint at the Roundhouse, which was welcomed by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge

PRG UK was honoured to be able to provide its industry-leading technical expertise to supply video technology for the 50th Anniversary of Centrepoint - the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. The celebratory live music event welcomed it’s Director His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, along with many leading figures to experience live music from a selection of musicians and artists, who performed to the attending Royals and an audience in the thousands that attended the Roundhouse to support the prolific charitable cause.

Video Account Manager Nilkanth Patel worked alongside the production team to provide his expertise to ensure that the video equipment specifications and relevant supporting technology provided, met all of the artists' on stage requirements while taking into account the size and performance space of the Roundhouse venue.

 

 

Inset: A total of 102 Sqm LED screen panels were used to make up the video wall on stage. Photo credit: Harry Richards

 

In terms of the equipment package provided by PRG UK, the LED screens consisted of 48 Sqm of Black Onyx3 (3.5mm) screen panels for the IMAG and 54 Sqm of Black Onyx3 (3.5mm) screen panels, to make up the video wall behind where the bands were performing on stage. In terms of the Cameras and PPUs, the equipment supplied consisted of 2 x HXC-100 Cameras with 70x lenses, 1 x Panasonic HS400 PPU, 2 x Playback Pro machines and 2 x PPT/Keynote machines. To complete the video package, 2 x Barco E2 Master signal processors were provided along with 6 x DVI fibre kits and 3 x SDI-HD fibre kits. A total of five of our highly trained crew supported the event to assist with all of the band’s production team and the production manager's technical requirements both on stage throughout the performance and also to ensure that no technical glitches occurred on the night. The set was designed by Takis who provided his multi-disciplinary approach to enhance the focus on the visuals, in which he utilised the large scale video screens to draw attention to the artists performing on stage and to add context to the content displayed which provided a theatrical element to the production overall.

 

 

Inset: Photo credit: Harry Richards

 

Speaking about PRG’s involvement with Centrepoint, Video Account Manager Nilkanth Patel commented about working with the Centrepoint team to bring all of the technical elements together­: "It was a pleasure working with Takis, Richard and the team at Centrepoint. I was really impressed with their can do attitude and the fantastic difference they are making towards homelessness in the UK. A vast amount of work was pulled off in a single day and even with time against all departments the program was a great success.”

 

The incredible set design was by Takis who used PRG to provide the LED video screens to display the powerful emotional content on stage. Photo credit: Harry Richards

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Simon Watkin CFO EMEA
22/01/2020

PRG welcomes Simon Watkin, who has joined the team as our CFO EMEA

PRG is excited to announce the appointment of Simon Watkin who has joined the team as our Chief Financial Officer for PRG’s EMEA operations. Simon will be focussed on providing financial leadership and functional expertise to the EMEA region, alongside wider advisory support to the business.

Simon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PWC and has acquired 15+ years’ experience in finance. Alongside his career in finance, Simon has also gained experience in operational, buying and product management roles, which has given him a broader commercial awareness and expertise.

He joins us from Claire’s Accessories: he worked as the European Finance Director from 2013, before running the European Operations for the past 3 years, and we are delighted to have him on board.

Simon commented: “I am thrilled to be joining PRG. The business is an undoubted leader in the entertainment industry, and with the high-quality team we have, I look forward to helping the business capitalise on the great opportunities it has for future growth.”

Reporting directly to Chris Corrini, Global CFO of PRG Group, Simon will form part of our core senior management team and will be working across all of our offices throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Chris commented: “We believe Simon Watkin is a first-rate addition to the PRG team and we are delighted he has joined as CFO of PRG’s EMEA operations. He brings quality financial and operational experience with several large and mid-sized multinational firms with multi-location operations. Simon brings passion and energy to his work along with strong leadership. He has been a positive contributor to his companies throughout his career.”

Welcome to the team Simon!

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