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Saatchi-Studio
11/02/2021

PRG UK Digital Studios

There is no doubt that live production has had to adapt through the pandemic (to put it lightly), but with many of these changes here to stay for the long-haul, it’s seen many of us investing in new products, partnerships and equipment.

PRG are no exception as they’ve joined forces with the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of West London to bring you Saatchi Studios – a flexible, Covid secure space, perfect for recording, streaming or basing your next Virtual and Hybrid events!

John Montague, Director of Corporate and Events said: “We’ve had an incredible long-standing relationship with the Saatchi Gallery, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside them once again to develop Saatchi Studios. We had our first client in the studio last week and it’s been great to be back on site! The team and I cannot wait to continue this journey and are excited about the upcoming bookings for this month.

The prestigious and dynamic Saatchi Gallery provides the perfect studio canvas, and PRG have created a studio package which includes bespoke backdrops (including a variety of LED walls), the latest robotic and manned cameras, professional lighting and secure, managed and uncontended internet access as standard. Basic sets or mini studio environments are also possible and easy to implement with direct freight lift access as well as rigging overhead.

There is also a digital studio being built in PRG’s Covent Garden Offices with a full VMix suite – watch this space.

Stefaan Michels, Director of Music (Video) said: “We have been seeing an increased demand for VMix and with a building which is currently underutilised and with the majority of the infrastructure already in place, it was no brainer.”

Find out more and book today.


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08/12/2020

PRG provides the technical infrastructure for two temporary vaccination centres in Berlin

PRG has already proven its expertise and know-how for the smooth logistics and set-up of COVID-related major projects in a very short time, with the provision of the technical infrastructure for the temporary COVID- 19 treatment centre, in two halls on the Berlin exhibition grounds. Following this, PRG Germany has also been entrusted with the set-up of a similar technical framework for the temporary vaccination centres at Tempelhof Airport and the Arena Berlin Treptow.

PRG is supplying the complete infrastructure for this, including:

  • Rigging
  • Video
  • Lighting
  • Audio
  • IT and power cables
  • Floor plan & AV/IT planning
  • Special software solution: Management system for inoculation booth assignment
  • Digital signage (route guidance system via LED displays)

 
The rigging, which consists of a total of approx. 1.4 km of truss for both locations, is used to attach the fixtures for the comprehensive lighting, to lay and provide the IT and power set-up for the vaccination booths and the reception and care areas, as well as for the distribution of audio and video signals. As a special software solution, PRG supplied an automated vaccination booth management system, so that the booths are efficiently utilised during operation, minimising waiting times for patients and providing medical staff with an overview of occupancy at all times. PRG also developed a digital signage system using LED screens to help visitors find their way around. An area-wide public address system ensures that announcements can be made.

These temporary installations are carried out in close cooperation with the Berlin Senate Administration for Health, Care and Equality (GPG) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which ensures that the vaccination centres (also in accordance with the Covid protection rules) are ready for operation as efficiently as possible and within a short time. The challenge for all parties involved, but especially for PRG as the technical service provider, is to ensure planning permission is in place, plan the movement and disposal of large quantities of equipment and also personnel, and ensure the installation is managed on site within a very tight time frame. The two temporary vaccination centres are expected to be completed on schedule by mid-December. PRG Germany will then support the vaccination centres with technical staff on site for the entire duration of the vaccination process.

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Architects-Livestream
27/11/2020

Architects perform a lockdown Livestream from The Royal Albert Hall!

In celebration of their upcoming new album 'For Those That Wish To Exist', Architects performed an exclusive livestream show at The Royal Albert Hall on the 21st November!

PRG supplied all lighting, rigging, media server (D3) and LED for the live performance which was streamed globally via the streaming service Veeps.

Production Designer Paul McAdams utilised the space, creating an incredible high energy design to showcase the venue and ensure viewers watching the stream could experience that same live energy from behind their screens!

“The team at PRG were extremely professional and supportive as always, constantly coming up with creative and effective solutions to any issue that arose on this show,” explained McAdams. “It was great to call on all members of the team’s vast wealth of knowledge to help deliver the design as intended. The shoot went off without a hitch!” 

Martin Sceptron LED fixtures were used to create a flown triangular set-piece which was situated above the band. These were also used to edge the band's risers.

To complete the look, PRG supplied the lighting floor package, which was comprised of; Icon® Edge, GLP JDC-1, MagicBlade R and Solaris Flares, and the ROE CB5mm video wall. The lightweight carbon series LED panels created the perfect backdrop to set off the iconic London venue.

Following the livestream the band Tweeted: “Thank you SO much to everyone that joined us. We hope that you guys felt that as much as us! We love you all!”

PRG Music Account Manager, Gemma Oldfield said: It was fantastic to work with the band and team again on what was a truly special show. Using this iconic venue as the surrounding for the livestream at a time when it is empty meant that the different spaces could be used to help create both intimate acoustic moments and big rock n roll spectacles. The Coronavirus pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for our industry, but has also been a chance to look at new ways to adapt and evolve. Our PRG events staff worked closely with the production team to help bring their ideas to life – and the final result was stunning!”

The album ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ is out on the 26th February 2021 and PRG are pleased to be continuing to work with the band and supporting them on their upcoming projects.

Special thanks to Production Designer Paul McAdams, Directors Tom Welsh & Taylor Fawcett, Production Manager Kenny MacLeod, Video Content Jeb Hardwick, Media Server Jackson Warner.

Photo credit: Ed Mason

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Roisin_Murphy_Live_from_PRG
19/11/2020

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

In celebration of their upcoming new album 'For Those That Wish To Exist', Architects performed an exclusive livestream show at The Royal Albert Hall on 21st November!

PRG supplied all Lighting, Rigging, Media Server (D3) and LED for the live performance which was streamed globally via the streaming service Veeps.

Production Designer Paul McAdams utilised the space, creating an incredible high energy design to showcase the venue and ensure viewers watching the stream could experience that same live energy from behind their screens!

Production Designer Paul McAdams said: The team at PRG were extremely professional and supportive as always, constantly coming up with creative and effective solutions to any issue that arose on this show. It was great to call on all members of the team’s vast wealth of knowledge to help deliver the design as intended. The shoot went off without a hitch!”

Martin Sceptron created a Flown Triangular set piece which was used to edge the bands risers. To complete the look, PRG supplied the lighting floor package, which was comprised of Icon® Edge, GLP JDC-1, MagicBlade R and Solaris Flares.

PRG also supplied the ROE CB5mm video wall; the lightweight carbon series LED panels created the perfect backdrop to set off the iconic London venue.

Following the livestream the band Tweeted: “Thank you SO much to everyone that joined us. We hope that you guys felt that as much as us! We love you all!”

PRG Music Account Manager, Gemma Oldfield said: It was fantastic to work with the band and team again on what was a truly special show. Using this iconic venue as the surrounding for the livestream at a time when it is empty meant that the different spaces could be used to help create both intimate acoustic moments and big rock n roll spectacles. The Coronavirus pandemic has been a hugely challenging time for our industry, but has also been a chance to look at new ways to adapt and evolve. Our PRG events staff worked closely with the production team to help bring their ideas to life – and the final result was spectacular!”

If you missed out, you can still buy a ticket to watch the stream here. The album ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ is out on the 26th February 2021 and PRG are pleased to be continuing to work with the band and supporting them on their upcoming projects.

Special thanks to Production Designer Paul McAdams, Directors Tom Welsh & Taylor Fawcett, Production Manager Kenny MacLeod, Video Content Jeb Hardwick, Media Server Jackson Warner and Photography Ed Mason.

Photo credit: Ed Mason

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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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