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PRG back at Westend as technical service provider at the revival of THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
21/07/2021

PRG supplies 70+ icon stage fixtures to light the way for joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat’s revival at the london palladium

There are a lot of iconic shows returning to the London this summer, perhaps none more so than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biblical classic: Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Following a wildly popular sold-out season in 2019, the new smash-hit production, starring Jason Donovan and Alexandra Burke, returns to the Palladium for a strictly limited season this summer.

After providing the rig for the 2019 run, PRG are delighted to be working alongside Michael Harrison Entertainment as well as Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell and his team to provide the lighting for the revival of this beloved family musical.

This vibrant production features many of PRG’s proprietary fixtures. This includes two PRG Best Boy HP follow spots used with manual control to track the actors while they move around on the stage. The production also uses a total of 71 PRG ICON Stage fixtures, providing numerous sustainable options for the design of the show, including reliable LED power, several GOBO loading options and low running costs, emissions and maintenance.

On his experience working with PRG once again on Joseph, Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell said, “It’s wonderful to be back at The London Palladium working alongside Pete Marshall, Jon Cadbury and the PRG team. The show is back and bigger than ever in no small part due to the quality of equipment and support we’ve received from PRG from prep right through to opening night.”

Special thanks to Producers Michael Harrison Entertainment, General Manager Jake Hine, Production Manager Simon Gooding, Production Electrician Chris Vaughan, Associate Lighting Designer & Programmer Sarah Brown, and Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell and his entire team.  

Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium runs from 12 July this summer.

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PRG Digital Studio London Hybrid Investor Showcase
14/07/2021

Tech for Net Zero - PRG Digital Studio sets the virtual stage for the Tech London Advocates Investor Showcase 3.0.

"Tech for Net Zero is one of the biggest growth opportunities for tech entrepreneurs across Europe - with a purpose to help the planet." Russ Shaw CBE, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates.

Last month, PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor became the hybrid home of the “Investor Showcase 3.0: The Tech for Net Zero Edition”, presented by Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates. The third edition of the showcase focused on the role that tech startups and scaleups can play in creating a net zero future, and featured talks and panels with industry professionals from around the world both in studio and virtually.

PRG supported the Seven Hills team to deliver Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates a full digital studio package: including all lighting, audio, LED screen, prompt and camera equipment, routing, playback, as well as management for over 20 remote panelists and hosts and 10 live in studio panelists. The requirements of the event continued to evolve until the beginning of broadcast, and the PRG team worked closely with Seven Hills to provide the technical and staffing backbone, from show caller to director, and ultimately provided a seamless experience for the live and remote guests’ arrival through to the broadcast on YouTube and Clubhouse.

PRG Account Manager Cameron Bannister said: “The Seven Hills team were a pleasure to work with both onsite and ahead of the event and we look forward to working with them again soon.”

We would like to thank Seven Hills, Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, Here East and our venue partners at Studio Wayne McGregor for their collaboration! What an inspirational day.

Visit our microsite for all the details and info on our global network of digital studios: studios.prg.com

 

 

 

 

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PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor
24/05/2021

PRG UK UNVEILS ITS NEW DIGITAL STUDIO OFFERING IN THE HEART OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK LONDON

If there is one shining lesson that the events industry can take from this past year’s pandemic disruptions, it’s that dynamic, Virtual and Hybrid events are here to stay. PRG UK remains committed to its investment in its Digital Studio products, relationships and equipment and has recently moved into an exciting new partnership that offers great room for expansion.

PRG has joined forces with the Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London to bring you PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor – a flexible, COVID secure space, perfect for recording, streaming, or basing your next Virtual and Hybrid events!

Studio 3 at Studio Wayne McGregor offers a fresh and adaptable canvas, meaning that we can provide a custom approach to every project and deliver easy, efficient production at any scale, from a live-streamed corporate presentation to a dynamic music video or hybrid event.

John Montague, Director of Corporate & Events at PRG UK, said: “We’re really excited to open our partnership studio with Studio Wayne McGregor. The modern, energising space, in combination with our technology and production expertise, really does provide a digital and audience friendly studio for effective and impactful events. This new space houses one main Digital Studio with high-res LED and the latest camera technology to hand, as well as meeting rooms, breakout options, a second presentation space, and can comfortably seat fifty audience members. We believe that this really makes PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor stand out in the marketplace.”

On the opening of this collaborative Digital Studio offering, Founder of SWM, Wayne McGregor CBE said: “Partnership and innovation are central to our ethos at Studio Wayne McGregor. With PRG, a company at the forefront of interactive performance technology, we are thrilled to collaborate on this new digital studio inside our space at Here East, London. Developing a unique, creative offer where incredible talents can bring their technological projects to life is energising and we look forward to sharing a future of surprise and invention with our clients.”

We are delighted to start this new relationship with Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East and look forward to the projects to come.

Over the last year, PRG has created a worldwide network 20 of studio environments, including locations owned and operated by PRG Alliance partners. Ideally suited for the efficient, scalable production of pre-recorded and live content, each location is equipped with the most sophisticated gear and engineering to service its local market. The PRG Digital Studios can be found all over the globe, including three Virtual Production Studios in Hamburg, Los Angeles, and Paris which seamlessly combine the physical and digital worlds.

For more information about the PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor, as well as the worldwide studio network at PRG, head to our studio website: https://studios.prg.com/.

To inquire about demo days at the PRG Digital Studio @ Studio Wayne McGregor, please email: jmontague@prg.com.

 

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About Production Resource Group
PRG is the world's leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions and has the largest inventory of rental production equipment. PRG provides comprehensive and discreet services to an array of clients in the live music, TV/Film, Broadway, sports, gaming, corporate experiential, and live events markets. Clients and partners depend on PRG's innovation, experience, and depth of experience in audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, virtual production and extended reality, and scenery and automation systems to bring their stories to life. With 65 offices across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, PRG has capabilities to provide services worldwide. PRG is owned by The Jordan Company and GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. For more information, please visit https://www.prg.com/.

About Studio Wayne McGregor
Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor. It encompasses his ensemble of world-class dancers, Company Wayne McGregor; a portfolio of international commissions and artistic collaborations across genres including dance, visual arts, VR, film, theatre and opera; a highly specialized programme of creative learning for individuals and communities; artist development initiatives; and collaborative research projects across the interface of the arts with science, technology and academic research. Studio Wayne McGregor is a creative arts space for making, designed by We Not I, conveniently located in the vibrant creative and digital campus of Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - East London. Their three state-of-the-art dance studios, including two of the largest in London, as well as a series of additional spaces are available for hire for a range of purposes including dance and theatre rehearsal spaces, filming and photoshoot locations, West End productions, international product launches, conferences and other special events. For more information, please visit https://waynemcgregor.com/.

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BRIT Awards 2021 Dua Lipa
17/05/2021

PRG UK and The BRIT School team up once again for The BRIT Awards 2021

Last week, the biggest night in British music hit our screens once more. The BRIT Awards 2021 featured stunning performances, glittering stars and crucially, a limited, non-socially distanced audience as part of the UK government’s roster of pilot events. We were delighted to see the event run smoothly and our crew were proud to be part of the effort to bring the vision to reality, none more so than our three new crew members from The BRIT School’s Production Arts department as part of an ongoing work placement partnership.

PRG has a very long and prestigious relationship with The BRIT School. As the exclusive supplier of lighting to the BRIT Awards, which is held every year at the O2 arena, PRG team up with The BRIT School to offer their Production students the opportunity to join us at our UK HQ. The students get the whole crew experience right from prepping the equipment, to loading in and the run of the live event, to the loadout. This offers students experience within the real world of live events, exposing them to the endless possibilities of this sector. This is one of three similar projects that we run in addition to work experience placements and apprenticeships for post-16 students in Higher Education and Further Education.
Richard Gorrod, Vice President of Event Services at PRG UK, who worked alongside this year’s students said: “It is always great to have the students from The BRIT School on the show. We have a large amount of very experienced crew on this project. By providing a chance to work alongside them, we hope that they gain a large amount of experience and knowledge. It is nice to see them grow in knowledge and confidence throughout the week, Will, Kai and Josh were all great students willing to do anything to help. It’s a real win-win situation on both sides. Long may the relationship continue.”
This year, Kai, William and Josh join a long list of past students to work with PRG on this project. With several BRIT School alumni now working full time with PRG, this year’s students have had the opportunity to work alongside their predecessors, seeing first-hand where their careers could lead. By giving BRIT School students hands-on experience as active members of our crew, PRG offers a placement that goes beyond traditional shadowing and encourages them to challenge themselves and apply their skills to a huge live event.
Olivia Chew, Director of Production Arts at the BRIT School, commended PRG for its support of entry level education in Production, for working closely with the school to maintain clear and honest communication throughout the placements and for helping to instill confidence in their students at such an early stage in their careers.
“Our ongoing partnership with PRG provides our entry level Production Arts students with unparalleled access to the best equipment and experience available. Allowing our students to gain hands-on experience on some of the biggest live events in the world gives them an edge amongst their peers, be that in higher education or the freelance job markets. We are so grateful to PRG for supporting Production Arts at The BRIT School and ensuring that our diverse student body has the best opportunities within the events and performance industry.”

We are proud to support The BRIT School and the development of young and talented Event Technicians, giving them access first-hand to the very best technology and events in our industry. PRG would like to thank our BRIT School crew for their hard work, and we congratulate this year’s award winners and of course The BRIT Awards for yet another stunning show.

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PRG Digital Studios
20/04/2021

PRG Creates Digital Studios Worldwide to Meet Virtual Production Demand – five continents, 20 studios and countless possibilities

EMEA – April 20, 2021 • Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) is known as the entertainment industry’s go-to production solutions provider for music, TV, film, corporate events, and theatre. Over the last year, the company has created a worldwide network 20 of studio environments, including locations owned and operated by PRG Alliance partners. Ideally suited for efficient, scalable production of pre-recorded and live content, each location is equipped with the most sophisticated gear and engineering to service its local market. These studios offer artists, brands and other creators a COVID-compliant setting and the resources to bring their visions to life. Beyond their responsiveness to today’s need for safety, they represent the future for digital and hybrid events.

“The studio environment has never played a more significant role, not only for legacy TV and film creators, but in music, corporate events and emerging fields like esports,” said Jere Harris, PRG Chairman & CEO. “Over the past year, we transformed spaces within our facilities—with every expertise and technology at hand—to serve that surge in demand, and we are seeing a very strong response from our customers.”

PRG Virtual Production Studios are located in Hamburg, Paris and Los Angeles. The PRG Digital Studios can be found all over the globe, including in "The EGG" in Brussels, London's trendy "Saatchi Gallery", Madrid, Dubai and Buenos Aires, Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York Metro, Orlando and PRG Alliance Partner Studios are in Budapest, Lisbon, Milan, Athens, Sao Paolo, Singapore and Zagreb.

Studios are strategically housed in the immediate vicinity of major facilities, putting both PRG’s inventory and technical expertise within reach, businesses, brands, musicians, filmmakers, and advertising agencies are given the opportunity to realize their projects with maximum security, expertise and cutting-edge technology.

Each studio has its own character, catering to the markets it serves such as music, TV/Film production or corporate event. An expert team is in place to supervise and staff each location, which all offer a variety of solutions for realizing productions and online events. PRG Digital Studios provide the perfect studio environment for pre-recorded or live broadcasts of a wide variety of digital event formats. 

Select locations within the network are PRG’s Virtual Production Studios, which seamlessly combine the physical and digital worlds. Advanced technology solutions—including extended reality (xR), mixed reality and proprietary Enhanced Environments and Ncam® technology—are used to add virtual environments onto real stages. These Virtual Production Studios are equipped to host green screen, standard capture or xR shoots, depending on the needs of production. Here, limitless creative possibilities are available to cinematographers, advertisers, event producers and DPs. From entirely imagined worlds to realistic scenery and backdrops, any environment can be brought into the studio with options for real-time visualization of virtual elements. As a result, talent can interact with their setting in real time, while producers realize major savings in post-production and travel costs.

Whether a simple livestream, an online product launch, a virtual session, elaborate film, television spot or advertising production, our studios are suitable for almost any digital production. High-quality technology, expert engineering for multi-purpose suites and spacious guest amenities characterize the studios. 

“What makes these studios so valuable is their location near the world’s major business and production centers, the range of technologies and people skill sets immediately available and our ability to bring all these technical solutions and workflow expertise elements together in-studio to realize the project vision of our customers,” said Stephan Paridaen, President & COO.

 

Visit our new microsite for all the details and info on our digital studios: studios.prg.com
 


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About Production Resource Group
PRG is the world's leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions and has the largest inventory of rental production equipment. PRG provides comprehensive and discreet services to an array of clients in the live music, TV/Film, Broadway, sports, gaming, corporate experiential, and live events markets. Clients and partners depend on PRG's innovation, experience, and depth of experience in audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, virtual production and extended reality, and scenery and automation systems to bring their stories to life. With 65 offices across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, PRG has capabilities to provide services worldwide. PRG is owned by The Jordan Company and GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. For more information, please visit prg.com.

 

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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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