Saturday night saw Swedish DJ Maestros Axwell /\ Ingrosso bring London’s Alexandra Palace alive as they mesmerised the sell-out crowd beneath an extensive lighting rig supplied by PRG.
Lighting designer Rob Lister’s extravagant design featured 46 PRG Bad Boy spots mounted on PRG BAT truss, which moved on Kinesys hoists during the show. Crew Chief Rich Gorrod commented that “using BAT truss helped us speed up the load-in time as all the lights were hung during prep, when we got to the venue we could fly the truss quickly and maximise the time available to program the show.”
Working with BBC Election Project and Engineering Manager, Tony Cahalane and Production Designer, David Marson, PRG XL Video supplied high resolution LED screens, plus scenic curved LED and Barco screen management systems for BBC Cymru Wales and S4C’s coverage of the 2015 General Election.
BBC Cymru Wales broadcast all-night election coverage on BBC1 Wales and the Welsh language channel, S4C, simultaneously from two studio sets at their studios in Llandaff, Cardiff.
Each set consisted of a wide, high-resolution curved LED screen, formed from XL Video’s Unilumin 3.9mm LED, and measuring 10m wide by 3m high.
This main screen displayed a combination of playback content, election graphics generated live as results came in, and PiP broadcast footage from reporters around the country.
Surrounding the screen and set, each studio featured nine curved LED banners formed from XL’s creative Barco NX6 product. These banners were used to extend the backgrounds from the main screen and give a cohesive look across each studio.
Despite each studio having matching set-ups, the use of LED allowed both broadcasts to have very different and distinct looks. LED screens across both studios were built and managed by Colin Barnes and Paul Phair.
XL Video’s new Barco E2 screen management systems were used to manage the complex switching of content from scenic playback graphics to live broadcast feeds and graphical images.
The E2s were programmed by Rob Scott and Daniel Harris and routed to Shot Boxes controlled by each of the respective programmes’ Vision Mixers, allowing them plenty of flexibility during the live show and the ability to switch straight to breaking news as it happened!
In addition, XL supplied more than 40 flatscreen monitors ranging in size from 23” to 65” which were used on set, in the Spin room, and for monitoring incoming feeds.
Ten of these screens were paired with Freeview+ PVRs, capturing incoming live feeds which could then be cut into the broadcast at suitable moments. Monitors and Freeview+ were engineered by Tony Barter.
Jeff Bailey, Head of TV & Film for XL Video, comments: “We were very pleased to supply the video for the BBC Cymru Wales’ General Election coverage. As with any live news event, preparation is key, and our team on site, Project Managed by Ian Jones, ensured everything was ready for the high-paced environment on Election Day. Our technicians worked closely with the production team and delivered a great-looking visual package for each broadcaster!”
Working with the National Theatre’s Video Supervisor Matthew Morgans, XL Video is supplying a large semi-transparent LED wall for the current production of ‘Everyman’ at the Olivier Theatre.
The cast of ‘Everyman’ is led by BAFTA award-winning actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, in this version of a classic 15th Century morality play in a new adaptation by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
The production is directed by Rufus Norris, with Video Design by Tal Rosner. Everyman will be broadcast live to over 550 cinemas in the UK and many more internationally on 16 July. Final performance of the show is on 30 August 2015.
The giant 9 metre wide by 8.4 metre high curved video screen forms the both the backdrop for the play, as well as creating a semi-transparent dividing wall between the main performers and the on-stage musicians.
The screen towers above the cast, supported by custom curved metal work built by the National Theatre’s video team, and with specially fabricated curve links from XL Video.
The LED chosen for the video wall was XL’s ROE Visual MC-18 – an 18mm pitch LED which is semi transparent, allowing the performers upstage to be seen through the screen when lit. It was also selected as it is waterproof, which is required during the scenes that include a rainstorm live on stage.
Ed Cooper, Head of UK Theatre for XL Video, comments: “We were delighted to work with the National Theatre’s Video team to supply an imposing LED backdrop for the new production of ‘Everyman’. Our versatile 18mm LED product was selected as it fulfilled the diverse requirements for this exciting new production.”
XL Video’s crew of Steven Grinceri and Gareth Manicom worked with the National’s in-house video team to install the screen and ensure they are supported throughout the show’s run.
For more information on the National Theatre’s production of ‘Everyman’, click here.
Recently the four-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Joy Williams completed three promo shows, in NY, LA, and London, prior to the release of her latest solo album “Venus.” Designers LeRoy Bennett and Tobias G. Rylander of Seven Design Works worked with PRG to realise their vision of an ethereal light show.
With a handful of moving lights in the rig, including 4 PRG Best Boy 4000 Spots, 9 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700s, and 4 Sharpy Washes; the main atmosphere of the concert was created by an imaginative use of video. Using custom-made silver shimmer voile as a screen, the designers used four 20K Panasonic projectors in a combination of front and rear projection to create a seamless effect.
PRG account manager Scottie Sanderson coordinated the supply of equipment for Williams’ intimate gig at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on 6th May. The shows were popular and well received, giving fans a taste of what to expect when her full tour kicks off in North America in July before reaching the UK in the autumn.
Working with their client, Under The Radar, XL Video supplied outdoor LED screens and a multi-channel camera system for the naming of P&O Cruises’ newest luxury ship, Britannia.
The ship, which is over 300 metres long, was officially named at a traditional ceremony in Southampton.
In order to ensure the visiting dignitaries had an excellent view of proceedings, XL Video supplied a 7m x 4m Lighthouse R7 outdoor LED screen.
XL Video also supplied five Sony HXC-100 HD cameras and 2 Bradley CamBall 2 robocams situated around the port location.
The cameras covered all angles of the luxury ship, which bears a stylized Union Jack on its bow, as well as close-ups of the podium from which the traditional bottle of Wiston Estate British sparkling wine was launched to name the ship.
One of XL Video’s large Grass Valley Kayak PPUs, engineered by XL’s Broadcast Director, Malcolm Whittall, was used to process all the camera footage, which was directed by Jerry Rosenfield.
Live feeds from the PPU were fed to national and international TV broadcasters for their daily news programmes.
A live satellite feed of the naming, originating from the PPU, was broadcast live on all of P&O Cruises’ ships in their fleet.
XL Video’s Project Manager, Steve Greetham commented: “We were very pleased to be asked to provide the video for this prestigious event, and it was a pleasure to work with Tim Hudson and his team.
“Working at an event of this nature is always high pressure, but our crew worked diligently to ensure everything went off smoothly.”
New York and Oostende, Belgium May 6, 2015 – Production Resource Group, L.L.C. – (PRG) today announced that it has agreed to acquire the XL Video Group, one of the largest providers of premier multi-market video services. PRG Chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Lucas Covers, the Group CEO of XL Video jointly made the announcement.
XL Video, founded in 1995, has established itself as a leading video services supplier around the world. The company is a multi-award winning provider of creative video solutions for concert touring, corporate events, exhibitions, automotive, television, sports, and theatre. Like PRG, XL Video supports creative designers and producers with full technical support in putting together cutting-edge video solutions for some of the most innovative and aesthetically daring shows in the world.
For PRG’s worldwide clients, this acquisition expands their access to the wide range of creative video technology and services that they already enjoy. They can continue to be confident in the quality of product, production expertise, and professionalism when further integrating video into their productions and events.
“By combining XL Video with PRG, we are creating a tremendously valuable resource for event and entertainment producers anywhere in the world”, said PRG’s Harris. “The integrated company will be able to offer an exceptional breadth of production technologies and depth of industry expertise.”
Upon completion, XL Video’s worldwide locations will become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world.
“As XL Video, we have worked on some of the largest and highest profile concert tours, television shows, automotive and corporate events around the globe,” commented Covers. “We have established a client base that has become more sophisticated in their expectations of the standard of video production. As part of PRG, we will continue to exceed their expectations and raise the bar on video production.”
Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer, concluded, “PRG and XL Video are extremely well positioned to provide a multi-disciplined, integrated solution. Making the XL Video team part of the PRG family, will be extremely beneficial to our clients and this has been our top priority from the start.”
The transaction is expected to close before the end of the second quarter subject to customary closing conditions.
PRG were delighted to supply lighting and rigging for the seven-night extravaganza of music and comedy at London’s Royal Albert Hall in March in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. PRG’s account manager Yvonne Donnelly-Smith, project manager Martin Bellamy and crew chief Gordon Torrington facilitated lighting designer Tom Kenny’s vision of a versatile rig that could be easily adapted to accommodate each act. The equipment was supplied by our Longbridge location and included Clay Paky Sharpy beams and ALEDA B-EYE K10s, Vari*lite 3000 spots, GLP X4s and MR16 sunstrips as well as custom gobos featuring the charity’s logo.
Now in its fifteenth year, artists performing at the event included The Who, Van Morrison, Paul Weller, Noel Fielding, Stereophonics and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, most of which are regular supporters of the annual fundraising event.
XL Video returned to the gleaming modernity of the MiCo Milano Congressi conference centre in downtown Milan to provide various video solutions including projection and control, cameras / multiple PPU and crew, together with general AV support for the Cisco Live! 2015 event, working for global experience marketing agency, George P. Johnson.
Cisco Live! is the industry's premier education and training event for IT, networking and communications professionals, and XL Video’s team was project managed by Nick Askew and Chris Ellis. Their brief included the provision of a diverse selection of AV set-ups to 42 breakout areas, some for up to 300 people.
An impressive main room hosted the plenary sessions and accommodated 3,500 delegates. A primary presentation stage was built in the centre of the room and connected via a runway to a satellite ‘demo’ stage that was used for product demonstrations and further presentations. The two stages and catwalk allowed speakers to get right in amongst the audience.
Eight large custom projection screens – all 10 metres wide and in 16:9 format - were installed in each corner and along each side of the room, their positions calculated to allow all 3,500 people attending the sessions an optimum view. Positioning these screens in relation to the seating layout was one of the biggest challenges when planning the event.
Numbered 1 – 8, the even numbered screens showed one set of content while the odd numbered ones showed different footage – all related to the presentation and onstage action.
The screens were each fed by a doubled-up pair of Barco 26K projectors for maximum intensity, and rigged on corresponding trusses above the central stage, focussed on their specific screen ‘target’.
A Millumen media server was used for storing and replaying the playback video content and the presentation opening and closing VTs. It was chosen for the layer flexibility needed to run the show and the intuitive re-colouring which was applied live to some of the content to correspond with specific elements of the presentation … including lasers.
The server outputs were fed to a Barco Encore system operated by Jonathan Bond who co-ordinated the screen management. Also feeding into this – via several fibre lines between the stages - were multiple laptops running Keynote and PowerPoint along with various devices and demo sources.
Two of XL’s Sony HXC-100 broadcast cameras, both fitted with 86x lenses, were positioned at the FOH area and at one end of the room with two more RF controlled HXC-100s mounted on pedestals around the central stage.
In addition to these, feeds from four Bradley CamBall 2s – two on stands in the audience, and two overhead on trusses – were routed into two PPUs, a Panasonic HS400 and an HS 450.
The HS450 was mixed by Jerry Rosenfield and fed into the Barco Encore for outputting to screen. The Panasonic HS400 mix was cut by Jonathan Chard working for Cisco TV, and fed to Cisco’s web TV streams.
XL also supplied six Samsung LCD comfort monitor screens around the room.Nick Askew worked closely with George P. Johnson’s Production Manager John Carss and Executive Producer, Ben Hawkins to deliver the Keynotes.
Working onsite in around over 40 areas simultaneously was a challenge, together with fitting all the kit in the main plenary room. Rigging the projectors in the precise positions needed to line them up with the screens took time, patience and entailed working around lots of other departments all needing to get their equipment in place.
All Credit to John Carss for his careful room design and detailed drawings!
The logistics of kitting out 42 x breakout areas also required detailed advanced planning.
XL built bespoke ‘switch boxes’ for each of the breakout areas which gave the presenters an intuitive and user-friendly ‘button box’ interface so they could quickly and seamlessly hook their laptops and other devices into the installed AV systems. These systems are dubbed ‘RCPXL-10’.
Managed for XL by Chris Ellis, the impressive list of equipment supplied for the breakout areas included 37 x projectors, 18 x 80 and 90 inch screens, 91 x Lightware HDbase-T DVI transmission systems, 12 x Lightware DVI matrixes, 110 x 23 inch Monitors, 55 x Image Pro II/PDS switchers and 55 x XL Video RCPXL switcher controllers.
Working with GPJ Production Managers Dave Johnstone and Henry Davey and their team of Technical Room Managers, Chris ensured that all the equipment was in the right room at the right time. The logistics to make this a streamlined process included customised flightcase labels and multiple truck drops at different parts of the venue. Chris was ably assisted onsite by David Roberts and Greg Scobles, with each PM taking charge of an area of the venue.
XL supplied 152 panels of Unilumin 3.9mm LED to form a 38m x 1m LED strip on to which images and event information were displayed using a Coolux Pandora’s Box media server system. Graham Vinal and Gareth Manicom were responsible for the screen installation and operation which required diligent adjustments to ensure the differently angled parts of the wall met as closely as possible. Nick Diacre operated the Pandora’s Box, working with the GPJ team to create content and recommend the best use of Cisco’s media assets.
“It was great to be asked by Mark (Bannister, GPJ Technical Director) and the team to come back for a second year on Cisco Live!. It allowed us to build on year one, making tweaks and improvements that helped the show to run even better this year. We couldn’t do it without the excellent crew involved, with everyone from all departments working together to ensure every detail is right. Hopefully we’ll get to do it all again in Berlin next year!”
XL Video supplied a substantial projection system and control together with HD cameras / PPU, HD LED screen, several hundred monitors, networking and fibre infrastructure plus audio systems for two high profile Microsoft events staged back-to-back at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via convention centre in Barcelona, Spain.
TechEd is Microsoft’s premier event for IT professionals and enterprise developers, and this was followed immediately by Convergence, the Microsoft community’s chance to network with other users, share and expand their experience and realise their potential.
XL’s team was led by Project Manager Nick Askew assisted by Chris Ellis and Dick Crabbe and they were working for live event consultancy Nteractive headed up by Technical Director Matt Brownfield, Technical Consultant Andrew Vass and acclaimed Sound Designer Colin Pink (a recent TPi Award nominee).
The Nteractive team paid close attention to all video and audio aspects in all areas, from comms system down to video-switcher labelling, and worked closely with XL’s HODs and crew to make sure all aspects were delivered to their required standards.
Matt Brownfield comments, “At Nteractive we have very exacting standards and high production values. To deliver a Microsoft event at this level is a significant technical achievement. XL Video has the equipment and packages it to allow us the optimum configuration and setup for the systems, and also provides the right people to install and operate to the levels we require.”
The format for TechEd comprised a Keynote space – taking over Hall 6 of the Fira and featuring a primary conference session on one of the four days attended by around 7,000 people. There were then multiple breakout areas accommodating anything from 400 to 1100 people.
The projection system for the Keynote comprised four large screens, two at 21 metres wide left and right of the stage area, with another two at 14 metres wide functioning as repeater screens mid-way down the auditorium to ensure that the large audience could get a clear view of the presentations wherever they were sat in the hall.
Sixteen Barco HDF W26 machines were used to produce the edge-blended images. One of the major technical challenges for the XL crew was achieving the high clarity and definition on the software code-heavy screen graphics using double edge-blended projections, a task that takes skill, precision and time.
Multiple demo and presentation sources plus XL’s Coolux quad and dual Pandora’s Box media servers operated by Chris Bowman, were switched to the screens via a Barco Encore screen management system operated by Andrew Vass.
Cutting the camera mix on a Grass Valley Karrera PPU was Jonathan Chard, and feeding into this were four Sony HXC-100 operated units - two positioned at FOH, one on a rolling spider at the front of the stage and the fourth on a wireless steadicam rig – plus one of XL’s HDiye minicams and a Pixel Power Clarity live production graphics system.
The Karrera provided a mix to all screens in the hall, while separate TXs were sent to an OB truck broadcasting live to Microsoft’s production studios at their headquarters and also web-streamed by Tri-Digital.
The Karrera integrated Grass Valley Turbo hard disk players which were used for wipes and to store visual stings for the broadcast feed, triggered via pre-programmed macros on the Karrera.
Multiple backstage and comfort monitors were fed via 40 x fibre / CAT systems and 64 ways of DVI matrix also supplied by XL.
To deliver crisp, clear high clarity audio, XL provided d&b V-series and Q-series loudspeakers and a Yamaha CL5 console, operated by the aforementioned Colin Pink. Comprehensive Clearcom Helix and Eclipse comms systems ensured that all departments had reliable and discreet communications with up to twelve independent comms channels available.
The breakout rooms were dotted around the Fira in Halls 8 and 8.1. There were 21 in total accommodating the various capacities, and additional video-over-IP relays were activated for the most popular sessions so they could be seen and heard in the over-flow rooms.
Each breakout room contained at least one Panazonic DZ12000K, DZ13K or DZ21K projector to provide high definition displays for the small lines of multiple code text and demo content being displayed.
A Barco PDS-902 switcher and preview monitor was deployed in each room, together with an Interspace Industries touch-operated count-down clock, with about 60 Fibre / CAT transport systems in use across all of the rooms. Presenters were hopping from room to room, so it was imperative that all the desks and switchers worked and looked identical, right down to the input labels and available cables and input adapters!
A custom audio system was designed for each break-out room, each utilising different combinations of d&b E3, Ci80, Q-7 and T-10 loudspeakers, the exact choice determined by the position of the flown trusses which also had to facilitate lighting.
Each room was assigned an audio engineer, while a team of ‘floating’ video techs were on hand to assist presenter’s set-up and configure their devices and systems to appear correctly onscreen.
Over in Hall 7, XL supplied around 60 screens ranging from 32 to 65 inches in size for the Microsoft Solutions Exchange exhibition space, together with multi-touch solutions and advanced switching for two theatre areas.
Also in Hall 7 three Instructor-Led Labs each had its own sound system and selection of 65 inch and 55 inch monitors, all driven by another Barco PDS-902 switcher configured to mirror the breakout room set ups.
Between Halls 6 & 7 was the Channel 9 studio, a small TV facility established to handle virtual broadcasts and webcasts to remote audiences outside of the conference relay screens (that were next to the studio structure). XL’s brief was to provide a set-up that could convert multiple PC sources and four Bradley CAMBall 2 robocams to Microsoft’s own TriCaster streaming system. The cameras were operated by XL’s Adrian Grau and Bjorn Parry.
Just outside the TechEd exhibition area was a large media wall for which XL supplied a 7.6 metre wide by 1.9 metre high Unilumin 2.5 mm LED screen. This displayed show sponsor messages, presentations with fine text and demos in native pixel resolution.
A Barco Encore system run by Alex Thomas was at the core of this. The XL crew in this area also looked after 26 x 46 inch and 10 x 55 inch monitors displaying info. relating to assorted room sessions, together with event-wide messages.
TechEd ran for four days – and within that, Keynote for one day – which was then followed by a quick turnaround for Convergence.
The major changes were the reduction of Keynote Hall 6 to a 4000 capacity venue and the removal of the repeater screens; Hall 8.1’s breakout kit was de-rigged and this became an exhibition space with some of Hall 7’s equipment being re-deployed in there; the media Wall and digital signage was moved to the ‘new’ exhibition space now in Hall 8.1… And the Channel 9 studio was dismantled!
As well as organising trucking for five artics of equipment from XL’s UK HQ in Hertfordshire to Barcelona, Askew co-ordinated around 50 video and audio engineers and technicians on site. A serious amount of pre-prepping went into ensuring that this mammoth task and the extremely intense build-up schedules ran seamlessly and efficiently on site.
Nick Askew comments, “It was great to be working with the TechEd and Convergence teams and the time, attention to detail and hard work by all departments and suppliers really showed, making both events hugely successful. On shows like these, aside from the quality and presentation of the equipment, we will be judged by the skill and ability of the many crew - from warehouse to HOD – who all did us proud”.
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that it is combining several business units to create the PRG Music Group. This new division will be under the leadership of Mickey Curbishley, CEO PRG Music, and will focus on providing integrated video and lighting solutions for tours, festivals, and concert events around the world.
“We are bringing together leading industry veterans, technology experts, and the operational know-how of PRG Concert Touring, PRG Nocturne, and Chaos Visual Productions into a single integrated organization,” says Curbishley. “The PRG Music Group is and will be the ‘go-to’ production resource for our clients. The goal is simple—we want to make it as easy as possible to do business with PRG.”
In addition to integrating the three teams, PRG is making an immediate investment in the latest video technology to ensure that PRG clients are the best equipped in the industry. “We are investing over $50 million in new gear”, continues Curbishley. “We are pairing new equipment with our newly combined team to better serve our clients. We have some of the top talent in the business and by combining these three teams into one group we are now stronger than the sum of our parts.” Bob Brigham, President of PRG Nocturne states, “We are making a major investment in new, state-of-the-art video technology, including HD flypacks and cameras that integrate the latest technology from Grass Valley, Ross Video, and Fujinon; additional PRG Nocturne LED video modules and our proprietary LED processing. These systems will be based in our facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. PRG clients in the concert touring, film, TV, and corporate events will see a remarkable leap forward with these PRG Nocturne HD systems.”
John Wiseman, Senior Vice President of PRG Nocturne, agrees that the new HD systems extend PRG Nocturne’s industry leadership. “For years, PRG Nocturne has defined the state-of-the-art for video technology in our industry having supported acts like Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, KISS, Linkin Park, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, and many others. The new HD systems along with our new V-12 LED video modules, new line of V Series video processors, additional V-Thru transparent LED video panels, and the exceptional service delivered by our talented staff establish a new standard for the markets we serve.”
London, UK – Attracting over 30,000 delegates over four days, the recent European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014 at the FIRA de Barcelona in Spain will be remembered as one of the biggest and most exciting in the history of the society.
As well as presenting a raft of clinical trial updates, registry studies and new healthcare guidelines, the ESC Congress hosted an exhibition that provided delegates with the opportunity to exchange with key industry experts on critical areas of development and research in cardiovascular products and therapies.
One of the biggest names in biopharmaceuticals commissioned international live events and marketing agency WRG to design an impressive booth whose main attraction was ‘Heart Attack Falls’, an interactive video wall whose content represented the human cardiovascular (or circulatory) system.
To address the immense technical challenges of the exhibit, WRG turned to Production Resource Group’s division PRG Nocturne and Cameron Bannister, PRG Nocturne’s UK-based account manager for the project. Bannister takes up the story. “WRG’s client wanted to showcase itself as a leading partner in cardiovascular care and in doing so requested innovative technology to reflect the innovative science behind their brand.”
“The first main element of the system supplied by PRG Nocturne was a large 5.5mm pixel pitch display consisting of 335 light weight, power efficient Barco C5 LED tiles which extended from a vertical position down to floor level to create Heart Attack Falls,” continued Bannister. “Informed by remote cameras, interactive playback content was catered for by Arcstream AV technology. “We ran two outputs from Arcstream’s custom-built content server which fed into the three Barco processors that mapped the content across the entire screen surface. As visitors stood on sections of the screen, the content adjusted to demonstrate blood flow, creating an a very impressive interactive environment.”
The PRG Nocturne team excelled at their task. “Our aim was to install a flexible system that enabled us to adjust to our client’s needs,” says Bannister. “We used Dataton’s Watchout V5 multi-display software which gave us that flexibility to orchestrate content across different displays on the booth, precisely where it was needed. Watchout also gave us the freedom to amend any content that didn’t work exactly as planned or required content updates.”
PRG Nocturne’s involvement also extended to other areas of the exhibition booth. “We had three 46″ NEC screens linked to each other and the client wanted these to be part of an interactive system that ran seamlessly,” explains Bannister. “Using an i7 computer loaded with a TripleHead2Go graphics card, we were able to achieve three full HD outputs. Combining that with a 48:9 aspect ratio custom-built multi-touch overlay allowed multiple visitors to fully interact with the screen over these three screens that seamlessly acted as one 5760 x 1080 resolution surface.”
Bannister continues the explanation. “All the interactive touch activated elements were controlled from a computer stack centrally accessed with a KVM switch that interacted with each device, giving us quick access to machines for uploading or adjusting content, and then relaying it back to the screen. For me, the control system was one of the more interesting aspects of the project.”
To showcase a range of product and branding video content around the booth, PRG Nocturne supplied a range of displays by Samsung (two 95” ‘pill’ screens), LC (one 80”), NEC (one 55” screen) and Ilyama (two 24”), along with four double-sided portrait ‘totems’ comprising of 12 46” NEC seamless displays that were mapped on Watchout to enable full HD quality. The company’s overall production package also incorporated a generous IT solution in the form of 48 Apple iPad 4s with wireless network infrastructure and SQL database hardware, and eight 17” MacBook Pro laptops.
“The main thing about this project was supplying the right equipment to enable effective control of the system and be sufficiently flexible with our installation,” concludes Bannister.
Communicating with Bannister after the event, Steve Rouse, WRG’s Senior Exhibition Designer said: “WRG really values the strong support that PRG Nocturne provide. The PRG team met every challenge with a positive attitude, and that is a partnership we truly value.”
Summarising the project, Production Manager Mark Owen commented: “WRG contracted PRG Nocturne to provide all AV services relating to the exhibition booth designed and implemented by WRG. From my perspective, PRG Nocturne’s total project management for the supply of AV services facilitates a smooth transition from concept through to on-site delivery and on a project of this size where AV elements are prone to change—that is priceless. PRG Nocturne are also a great resource to collaborate with when it comes to ideas and solutions for unusual delivery and display of content.”
Photo: Courtesy of WRG.
Commitment to Customer Support Behind Investment in New Equipment and Experienced Team
PRG Nocturne has a global reputation for unmatched LED video and projection support to the concert touring, festival, and corporate event markets. Understanding and anticipating the needs of their clients is at the core of PRG Nocturne’s success and the decision to greatly expand its operations in the United Kingdom.
“We are now heading into our fourth year with PRG,” says Bob Brigham, President of PRG Nocturne. “One of the deciding factors in joining the PRG team was our dream to expand into the UK/European markets. The expansion of our UK operation allows us to fully support the rapidly growing demand with an experienced team of people and quality gear that our customers expect of PRG Nocturne US and UK.”
In 2014, the UK operation has supported numerous tours and festival appearances including The Eagles, Katy Perry, Metallica, Skrillex, Franz Ferdinand, Bastille, Linkin Park, and The Rolling Stones. They have also worked with a roster of corporate clients which included 3D projection mapping for the launch of Vodafone Firsts ‘Pitch your #First’ campaign for the Wasserman Media Group.
Irving Azoff of Azoff MSG Entertainment says “We’ve always loved working with PRG Nocturne. With the addition of PRG Nocturne in the UK, they just got better.”
Bob O’Brien, Production Manager for The Script and Franz Ferdinand comments, “I cannot emphasise the importance of having PRG Nocturne on our side every step of the way. Now that PRG Nocturne is fully established in the UK, I can rest assured every detail is well in-hand.”
PRG Nocturne’s well-respected and experienced UK team includes Chief Sales Officer Rich Rowley, Account Director Stefaan Michels, and Head of Video Services Mark O’Herlihy.
With 25 years of experience, Rowley looks forward to the opportunities that having a fully stocked and staffed PRG Nocturne operation in the UK will offer customers. “With the warehouse in Longbridge and the core account management team in our Covent Garden office, we will be able to optimise the way we do business with designers and production. PRG Nocturne is completely committed to ensuring that we offer all our customers the innovative products, solid solutions, and convenient, timely response they need. We will expand our client base across markets as we apply our knowledge from years of touring to elevate the video experience for other markets.”
Michels and O’Herlihy are the ideal choices to help develop the UK operation’s expansion having both originated from PRG Nocturnes US operation. Michels comments, “What’s great about PRG Nocturne is they invest in people,” he says. “We plan to keep working as a team to drive the industry and PRG Nocturne in the UK forward with new gear, new markets, and new people.”
O’Herlihy agrees wholeheartedly and adds, “PRG Nocturne will continue to innovate; create custom solutions; and offer a full range of LED products on a much larger scale than we’ve ever done before. We have always been known for a core team of really talented people and that’s what expanding the UK operation of PRG Nocturne is building upon.”
To learn more about PRG Nocturne’s services in the UK, please contact us at:
The Cofton Centre, Grovely Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, B31 4PT +44 845 470 6400
Sussex House, 143 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9AD +44 845 470 6400
Rich Rowley – email@example.com, +44 121 477 1176
Stefaan Michels – firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 208 335 6048
Mark O’Herlihy – email@example.com, +44 121 477 1232
Having completed the first European leg of her Prismatic World Tour and now starting dates throughout North America, Katy Perry invites her audiences into a visually stunning concert experience. “Everything with Katy is larger than life so the design needed to reflect that. The stage itself is a statement,” points out Show Director and Designer Baz Halpin. Helping Halpin and Perry make that strong visual statement is PRG Nocturne.
Supporting her album, Prism and calling the tour the Prismatic World Tour, Perry had a vision of where to start in the look of the show’s design. “She wanted a large triangular LED Video screen on a triangular stage,” explains Halpin. “That was the basis of the design—the shape. Everything else plays into that.” Halpin conceived the enormous 70’ wide by 34’ tall automated tracking triangular LED video screen that is, as he says, “the backbone of the show; it’s used in everything but the unplugged section of the performance. The main challenge was to make sure that the screen wasn’t too overbearing. We spent a lot of time making sure that it wasn’t going to overpower the action onstage.”
The first leg of Perry’s tour took Europe by storm garnering successful reviews throughout the UK. PRG Nocturne’s UK team, who handled the Prismatic World Tour, also supported Katy Perry’s iTunes performance last year at the Roundhouse in London.
To realize Halpin’s dynamic creative design and offer a reliable, globally tourable solution to the challenging element, he turned to PRG Nocturne. “We needed a very experienced crew and an experienced vendor, which obviously PRG Nocturne have that pedigree. They have the experience of dealing with huge shows like this that have to be transported on a daily basis and work every time. It is very important to have their experienced crew and their support to carry that out, which PRG Nocturne does.”
The LED prism-shaped video backdrop, used as both a scenic and dynamic lighting solution throughout the evening as well as for cutting in I-MAG camera shots at times, is actually three separate pyramid-shaped screens comprised of over 700 PRG Nocturne V-9 Lite LED Video Modules. The hi-resolution V-9 Lite product offers a lighter weight LED screen option without compromising image quality. Cutting weight was important, not only to better address touring needs but because of the scale of the LED screen Halpin wanted on the stage. Even with the V-9 Lite it weighs in at 40,000lbs.
“Because the V-9 Lite is so lightweight it’s an ideal solution for touring, certainly it was the right solution for this production,” explains Mark O’Herlihy, PRG Nocturne’s UK Head of Video Services. “Beyond the weight considerations it also still delivers an equally high quality, high-definition picture, which is always important when you have such a strong visual element with such rich content.”
PRG Nocturne is also supplying the Prismatic World Tour with several other LED video elements including their V-9 LED Modules for a rising pyramid Perry enters through at the top of the show, and flexible digiLED LED product that wraps around a huge multi-layered birthday cake set piece. For playback control and to allow truly creative flexibility the tour’s Video Director Omar Montes-Rangel, from PRG Nocturne, is using two PRG Mbox media servers. PRG Nocturne crew on the tour also includes video engineer Eugene McAuliffe, the video crew chief John Moore as well as the LED screen technicians, the camera operators and projectionist.
The PRG Nocturne UK is going to have a busy summer supporting artists including The Rolling Stones, Linkin Park, and Metallica for their European tours. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour will continue to play North American dates through October. She heads to Australia and New Zealand for November and December before returning for a second European leg, ending the tour in late March, 2015.
Touring in support of his critically acclaimed album, Nothing Was The Same, Drake has taken his Would you like a Tour? to Europe after the well-received North American leg. Since the beginning of the tour in the US last October, Lighting Designer Guy Pavelo and Production Manager Chris Reynolds have relied on Production Resource Group (PRG) for the lighting and rigging solutions on the beautifully designed tour.
“Working with PRG is a fantastic experience,” stated Pavelo. “Professional crew, super clean and well maintained gear, accompanied with a fantastic and understanding support staff. I am already looking forward to our next big project together.”
As the tour completed its North America dates there was a seamless transition within PRG from one continent to the next between the account executives. Curry Grant, PRG Vice President, Concert Touring handled the North American leg and now the PRG UK Account Director Yvonne Donnelly Smith is supporting the six-weeks of European dates.
PRG’s Donnelly Smith noted, “This is our first time working for Drake. We have worked with PM Chris Reynolds previously on some well-recognised and historic Prince tours. Chris and his team are always fantastic to work with as everything is advanced well and any questions are responded to promptly. In this business, you can’t ask for better.”
The show travels with a very substantial bespoke set and catwalk that is see-thru, which requires a lot of care and thought in regards to cable management to keep everything hidden from view. PRG understood this challenge and its solution ensures that the design is realized just as cleanly as Pavelo intended. In fact, during prep at the PRG facilities in Longbridge UK the opportunity was taken to review and make some adjustments to strengthen the solutions provided. This attention to detail by PRG was noticed and well received by the tour’s production team, including Lighting Crew Chief Cliff Sharpling and Head Rigger Bob Powers.
For the European leg, Pavelo decided to go with SGM P5 wash lights for an extra run along the trusses facing the audience, which let him add another layer of rich, dark, saturated colour to the already visually engaging design. Already very pleased with the PRG Bad Boy® Spot luminaires and the PRG Best Boy® 4000 Spots from the North American leg, Pavelo has 45 PRG Bad Boys and 34 Best Boy 4000 Spots in this current rig. Martin Bellamy, PRG’s Project Manager, worked with Donnelly Smith to provide the kit which also includes 52 Clay Paky Sharpys; 53 GLP impressions; the 36 SGM P5 wash lights; 40 Martin Professional Atomic Strobes and Atomic Color scrollers; 4 7kW Xenon Syncrolites; 72 Philips Color Kinetics ColorBlaze TRX LED fixtures; 8 Philips Vari-Lite VL500 80V; and 10 VL3500FX. PRG also supplied all the hoists and rigging for the lighting, cable management, and PA.
Drake will conclude the tour by returning to The O2 Arena in London on 24-26 March, where PRG is also providing venue riggers for all incoming events. Since kicking off in Germany, Drake’s tour of Europe has been surprising audiences, including Rihanna joining him on stage for a duet in Paris and a guest appearance from Kanye West in Berlin, but it is no surprise that audiences and critics have been delighted with the concert’s engaging design.