DALLAS – MARCH 16, 2017 – Production Resource Group LLC, the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today that it has been issued a United States utility patent for the award-winning GroundControl™ Followspot System. The patent (number 9,593,830) is the culmination of a multiple-year development effort by the PRG Research and Development team based in Dallas. This patent is the first issued of the four patents filed by PRG related to the GroundControl system.
“We are very happy and proud to have our first claims granted on the GroundControl Followspot. PRG’s innovation is driven by our clients’ needs and this is just another example of our extensive technical capabilities,” said Chris Conti, product manager for PRG and one of the inventors. “This product is revolutionizing a category that has seen very little innovation in the past 30 years. We have been overwhelmed with the success and demand for the product.”
PRG’s GroundControl Followspot System allows a followspot operator to remotely operate a high output automated luminaire as a followspot from up to 2,000 feet away. Designers now have total creative freedom to put followspots in previously unusable places or avoid complex rigging. With the GroundControl Followspot System, the operator is on the ground so the physical footprint of the luminaire is significantly smaller than a conventional followspot. Because of this small footprint and low weight, followspots can now be placed in a wide variety of positions. The GroundControl Followspot System consists of specially customized PRG luminaires which include a built-in camera and can be flown or mounted in locations around a venue which would not normally accommodate a followspot. In addition to the safety benefits, the GroundControl Followspot System reduces trucking space, saves operator time, allows for a single operator to control multiple follow spots and also minimizes “seat kills” – the need to remove seats to create traditional followspot positions – a revenue bonus for clients.
The GroundControl Followspot System, introduced to the market in 2016, has been well received by the industry – awarded Live Design’s Products of the Year for Best New Followspot in 2015-2016 and AV Awards Production Product of the Year in 2016 – and it has been quickly integrated into live music, TV and corporate productions. The technology has been used on tours by artists including Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Elton John, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers and has been integrated into TV productions such as “The Voice”, “MTV Awards” and “iHeart Music Awards”. It has also been used in the Tom Ford Fashion Show and in events and exhibits by corporations such as Adobe, Microsoft and SAP.
The GroundControl Followspot System consists of three parts: a GC Spot Luminaire, a GC Truss Box, and a GC Followspot Controller. It is currently compatible with PRG’s Best Boy HP, Bad Boy HP and the new GroundControl™ LongThrow luminaire.
Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) – the world’s largest supplier of technology and services for events and entertainment has announced the appointment of Simon Kayser as General Manager for its Sourcing & Projects Centre based in Shenzhen, China. Simon will report to Gary Boyd, Executive Vice President and COO, EMEA.
A Chinese-speaker, Simon already has extensive knowledge of the Chinese market from his role as Technical Director at PRG in China, where he has been the project manager for key inbound corporate and large automotive sector projects. His first PRG project in China was the Beijing New Year Lighting Show in 2000/1. In 2007 he returned to Shanghai for the World Summer Games, and in 2008 for the Beijing Games. In 2009 Simon moved to Shanghai for the World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, and he has been based there since.
Putting his technical knowledge to use, Simon will now take charge of the Shenzhen operation, which is instrumental in sourcing video and lighting technology in China. Simon will work closely with Frederic Opsomer and the team at PRG Projects, who specialise in the development of custom LED for special events, touring projects and installations.
Simon’s appointment will enable PRG to expand its offshore sourcing projects, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and new technology.
“After spending the past eight years in Shanghai, I am looking forward to the new role and challenges. I leave behind a excellent team in Shanghai and look forward to the new team in Shenzhen. Developing, sourcing and especially customizing lighting and video gear for our customers and projects, is where I see great potential for PRG and our team in Shenzhen to deliver enhanced services to our customers”
“We are very pleased Simon has agreed to take on this new role in Shenzhen,” said Gary Boyd. “His technical expertise, coupled with his hands-on commercial experience of delivering projects in China, make him ideally placed to take on this new role, and further expand our ability to source and develop new products directly at the heart of China’s technology capital.”
Simon holds a Master of Engineering degree from University of Applied Science Hamburg (Dipl. Ing. (fh)), and he will relocate from his current role in Shanghai, settling in Shenzhen with his family.
Van Cleef & Arpels presents its new High Jewelry collection in an interpretation of Noah’s Ark by Robert Wilson. Wilson is an American set designer famed for his radiant, subtle and thrilling conceptions, with the scenography. PRG France worked together with PRG Projects to realise a custom made video solution in order to bring Wilson’s idea to live.
In his vision of the Ark, Robert Wilson imagined a sensory mise-en-scène plunged in the engulfing darkness. The constant screening of a video is reminiscent of the sea; the soft and enfolding piece of music evokes mystery; the skies darken as lightning streaks herald a storm, the Ark departs, and the ensuing respite hums like a promise of peace…
Robert Wilson creates a dreamlike travel through a positive and timeless interpretation of the of Noah’s Ark, evoking first of all a preserved paradise.
PRG created several custom made technical solution in order to display high resolution video content of over 11.000 pixels wide and more that 1200 pixels high. The content was intended to lower in brightness without losing the quality of the image.
In order to respond to the high expectations of the client, PRG invested in ROE Black Onyx 2 panels, with an amazing 2.84 pixel pitch, which is the most performing high-end product on the market. In total this represents more than 450 modules, adding up to more than 1800 tiles. 41 of these ROE LED displays were customised in order to integrate secured jewel boxes of 25 x 25 cm. The modules were laser cut to a tenth of mm precision. The challenge here was to make perfectly fitted box so they wouldn’t interfere with the electronics that control the individual modules of the display.
On the bottom of the construction, the standard base frames, which normally are of 8 to 12 cm height, were replaced by a custom made frame to result in a maximum height of 5cm and an insert of 3 cm to create a subtle border. We had to make sure that the lowered base frame could still carry the 5-ton screen weight, spread over a surface of 33 linear meters. Last but not least, PRG created a doorway of 1,5 x 2m within the LED, for visitors to enter the experience.
We are very proud to have realised this big project with a total video surface of 112,5 sqm of LED. The result of 14.000.000 pixels is astonishing!
All credits go to Robert Wilson (Conception & Design), Arvo Pärt (Original Music), Christophe Martin (Architect of realisation), Video Emme (Graphic presentation), Selected By (Sound Design), William Rault (Technical Direction), Philippe Lauras (Director Photo), Jean-Philippe Aldebert (Sound Engineer), Cyril Grace (Production Van Cleef & Arpels) and PRG France’s team - Thierry Kra, Laurent Boillot, Pierre-Guillaume Tomasso, Yves Winand and Viktor Martin from PRG Projects.
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced today a new brand for their creative LED special projects team, formerly a subsidiary of XL Video.
Now known as PRG Projects, the team, led by Frederic Opsomer and Kristof Soreyn, is renowned for creating and providing innovative custom video solutions. The teams are based at PRG’s location in Ostend, Belgium and in China. The new PRG Projects team will also incorporate, and work more closely with, the former XL Video research and development team based in Shenzhen, China. The combined expertise of the team has already been responsible for realizing some of the most technology-forward designs and custom installations in concert touring, large-scale spectacles, television, and sporting events, including ceremonies in Athens, London, and Sochi over the last several years.
In addition to working with the team in Ostend, PRG Projects in Shenzhen will continue to focus on sourcing LED products in China for PRG and for PRG Alliance partners.
“PRG Projects’ goals are now positioned to fit PRG’s overall vision to create bespoke creative LED products for all of the different market segments in which we are active,” explains Opsomer. “The designers and project managers that we have on our team, in both Ostend and Shenzhen, have decades of experience in creating and producing the world’s most innovative solutions.”
“PRG Projects leads the entertainment technology industry in advancing the creative application of LED technology and are an incredible asset for PRG and our clients,” says Stephan Paridaen, President & Chief Operating Officer, Production Resource Group. “The team, which consists of a range of creative and innovative experts in the field of custom video solutions, has a strong focus on innovation, product development, and system packaging. The team also works closely with strategic manufacturing partners to help develop and refine technology and options that meets the needs of producers and creatives in all of our markets.”
DB Schenker brings event logistic capabilities to PRG Alliance knowledge base
PRG Alliance is well known for its select membership with solutions in technical production for events and entertainment globally. Today it announces its expansion to a wider offering of services with logistic company DB Schenker as its newest member.
DB Schenker is a global leader in production and event logistics – with over 1,000 staff in 50 countries handling specialized event logistic operations dedicated to customer service, quality and sustainability – values that go hand-to-hand with the purpose of PRG Alliance.
Besides its integrated door-to-door intermodal logistic solutions, managing and operating customers’ transportation chains through land, rail, air and ocean freight services; the company has a specialized division for the events industry. DB SCHENKERsportsevents has expertise in sports tournaments, corporate road shows, concert touring and a wide range of international events providing unique services. They provide support during the planning phase, consultation on the specific regulations for each country, special transport for fragile items, temporary import customs assistance - and additional supplies such as crowd barriers, forklifts and cranes.
“We are eager to begin our partnership under the Logistics Category with this prestigious platform. Our worldwide reach matches perfectly with PRG Alliance locations and its visibility in the production and event industry”, says Nick Kashiparekh, Director of DB SCHENKERsportsevents.
PRG Alliance reaches an important milestone with the addition of DB Schenker to its membership. “We understand that a smooth logistic service is a game-changer in our industry. We are often working with tight schedules and being able to count on DB Schenker’s unique event experience is a great benefit to us. Our goal is to have additional event production services in the Alliance in the future, adding even more value to our members and customers”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance.
PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently marked the two year anniversary of its global partner network program with the second PRG Alliance Summit. Under the theme ‘Gearing Up For Success’, the Summit took place during the Prolight + Sound 2016 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt.
Since its inception, the PRG Alliance has grown in both size and reputation, and now offers technology, services and support to event producers in a total of twenty five countries.
There are now fifteen member companies which make-up the PRG Alliance. The newest addition is DB Schenker – the first member supplying services other than audiovisual. DB Schenker supports the Alliance members with specialized logistics for events with a large worldwide presence and multi-modal transportation requirements.
The PRG Alliance Summit is already a key date on the calendar for members, allowing them to meet face to face, share knowledge and best practices, and increase their collaboration. The location of the Summit at Prolight + Sound also enables them to meet at an event where the newest and most exiting technology is on display.
This year’s Summit included a presentation of the PRG Alliance’s future plans from Alliance Director, Tom Van Hemelryck, and Account Manager, Luciana Rosa, which include expansion into new regions, opportunities for training, and the aim to include a wider variety of service companies. There are also confirmed regional summits around Infocomm in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Palm Expo in Beijing, China.
After the introduction, members of the Alliance shared their experiences and knowledge acquired during the past year, including a custom-shaped large-scale LED floor and wall for concert touring; special lighting for fashion shows; and the logistical issues facing shows located in unusual or remote locations.
Following this the PRG Projects team shared examples of their work with custom LED projects for major opening ceremonies including wireless hex panels and pixel tablets seen by millions around the world.
“Watching the presentations, we see the potential applications for these technologies in Italy – we are always eager to bring new services to our clients and we see the potential for customized LED solutions in our market,” commented Alessandro Rossani, CTO of STS Communications in Italy.
Members also enjoyed a presentation from Chris Reed of Restless Communications on the best ways for technical production companies to use social media to promote their brands; and this was followed by sessions from Minesh Pore, General Manager of Pico Europe on working with corporate clients and managing expectations, and Lee Charteris, VP Operations, Flash Entertainment on the challenges of producing concerts and events in emerging markets.
Alliance member Ally Yoon, CEO of Ally & Co. in Korea commented: “The content of the summit is very helpful to us in Korea. We are right now in the middle of a production with PRG for a corporate event in Seoul and getting the insight on client expectation helps us to improve our services.”
The Summit concluded with a dinner in the Festhalle which further enabled the members to network with each other.
“We see how the PRG Alliance is well established and continues growing through making personal connections between the members and with the market,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of PRG Alliance. “We carefully select the members and I am happy to have such an unprecedented group of companies with high-quality technical production services working together on several events in the last year – success always comes from collaboration.”
The current PRG Alliance members are:
Brazil: Crialed Producoes Visuais, Loudness Sonorizacao, and LPL Lighting Productions
Greece: Sound and Visual
Italy: STS Communication & New Light Group
Malaysia: Orange Events
Morocco: Touareg Prod’
Portugal: FX RoadLights
Qatar: Esme Entertainment Services
Singapore: The Show Company
South Korea: Ally&Co, Total Korea, and Basictech
Sweden and Denmark: [Lite]com
Worldwide: DB Schenker and Production Resource Group.
PRG XL Video, event services and event technology specialist, will be present at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt and will be showcasing a broad program as well as various innovations. As in previous years, PRG will be located in the “Festhalle“ hall, which also hosts the PRG Live Entertainment Award on 4th April 2016, the evening before the exhibition officially opens.
For the first time, this year’s award ceremony will include acts from the entire German-speaking DACH region, consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The awards will be presented in front of 1300 guests during a “carbon neutral“ event.
For the duration of the Prolight + Sound the “Festhalle“ will be the exclusive presentation and showroom area for PRG XL Video and their cooperation partners. During this time, visitors can expect a show that will be even bigger then last year's event, including more than 1,000 light fixtures, video mapping, lasers, special effects, sound systems as well as kinetic solutions. The show will demonstrate the latest event technology in action. Visitors can also look forward to a backstage tour that includes a look at the equipment used for the PRG LEA award ceremony and also the 3D projections of the “Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis“ and a virtual warehouse tour, which is brought to live by ten projectors in the “Festhalle“.
At this year‘s Prolight + Sound PRG Video XL will also focus on presenting its wide service range. The division PRG Alliance will be present and inform visitors about the company’s global network. The PRG Subrental Portal division (http://subrental.prg.de/en) will also be attending. The portal aims to connect with suppliers, who would like to offer their equipment for rent to PRG. Also at the exhibition will be the newly launched PRG Crew Portal (http://crew.prg.de/en), an online portal that makes connecting and working with PRG easier.
There will be demonstrations of PRG’s Ground Control System and a range of technology innovations by SGM and EAW. The development division of PRG, PRG Projects, will present the latest custom-build LED and control technology products.
One of the highlights of this year‘s PRG XL Video attendance will be a used equipment sale hosted in a 3,000 sqm hall outside the exhibition grounds. More information about this event can be obtained at the ProShop information counter located in the “Festhalle“. A shuttle service to and from the hall will be provided.
In addition to PRG XL Video‘s services and equipment, several sponsors and partners will also be present with stands in the “Festhalle“.
Please refer to our Prolight + Sound website for up to date information on our program at the exhibition.
PRG XL Video, event service and event technology specialist, has opened its new branch in Vienna, Austria. The new location allows for closer proximity to Austrian-based clients which include companies, agencies and institutions.
PRG XL Video in Austria will be managed by Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel. The experienced LED specialists join the company as directors of “Outdoor LED” and will be the main customer contact. Due to their extensive experience in the field of international sport, the main focus of the new branch will be Outdoor LED and sporting events.
The new branch allows Production Resource Group to be physically present in the Austrian market. “Austria is an attractive market for our company“ says Carsten Zwerg, member of the board at PRG, “With Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel we have found two very knowledgable specialists who complete the Austrian team and enable us to support our customers nationally and internationally. We are pleased to have them on board.“
Christian Wymetal and René Rarrel will be present at (the) PRG XL Video (area) in the “Festhalle“ at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
The world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, Production Resource Group has increased its stock of 7.5mm LED within its Dubai operation to help support a growing demand for a high quality outdoor screen. The company recently took delivery of over 300 square metres of ROE MC-7 LED, which is a recognised touring product for large scale events.
Shortly after arriving in Dubai the screen was put to immediate use to support the opening ceremony of the 2016 Dubai Tour.
“The ROE was the perfect choice of screen for the event” said Bill Ainley, PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Video. “The client’s design and creative concept was based on a curved upstage screen and we had very little time to construct and then de-rig the screen given the location of the event.”
The event was held at the Westin Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre and included an intricate lighting design to make the stage an interactive area for choreographed live entertainment which including world famous cyclists performing stunts.
The lighting design included PRG’s proprietary ‘Best Boy HP’ moving lights. This sort after profile fixture is only available through PRG Gearhouse and uses a 1,500 watt HTI lamp to produce over 33,000 lumens.
Just two weeks later, more than 200sqm of the ROE MC-7 was used to support Dubai’s largest 2 day festival, Redfest DXB.
PRG Gearhouse were appointed to provide full lighting and video for the event which took place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and included performances from international artists including Rita Ora, The Vamps, Steve Aoki, Eva Simons and many more.
PRG Gearhouse’s Head of Lighting and project manager for the event, Damien Jackson commented; “It’s always a pleasure working with Done Events and their team. During the fit-up the ROE really shone through given the complex layered approach taken on the upstage screen design. It’s a fairly lightweight product, comes in and out quickly and its performance is rock solid”.
New PRG Lighting Library features growing repository of content that will enhance the user experience
As a part of their shared commitment to empower today's entertainment designers, Vectorworks, Inc. and Production Resource Group (PRG) announce that they will collaboratively develop and implement new features for Vectorworks® Spotlight software. More specifically, PRG will work with Vectorworks' research and development team to develop new tools and object libraries for Spotlight, the standard for CAD software in entertainment design, as well as drive efficient workflows that are crucial to the industry.
"Our goal is to provide state-of-the-art technology and tools that enable designers to explore their ideas so they can ultimately develop, document and communicate designs that create memorable entertainment experiences," said Dr. Biplab Sarkar, CTO of Vectorworks. "We gravitate toward strategic industry partners such as PRG because they are uniquely qualified to provide the resources and services required for our customers."
Vectorworks is a global leader in developing 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries, including Spotlight software, which helps professionals in the lighting, scenery, set, event, theatre and exhibit design space balance the need for individual creativity with the requirement for synchronized, accurate design information.
Contributing more than 25 years of experience to the partnership, PRG is the world's leading supplier of entertainment and event technology solutions, providing integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging and scenery for clients all over the world. With more than 40 offices worldwide, the company has relied on Spotlight software for many years.
"In conjunction with the announcement of this partnership comes our initial efforts with creating a large catalog of PRG gear as library content for Spotlight users," said PRG's Special Operations Director Götz Bauer. "The increased content resources will be a tremendous efficiency gain, making the design development and documentation process even faster for lighting, production and scenic designers."
Initial content that will be shared through this partnership includes PRG’s own line of production equipment including lighting instruments, consoles, LED panels, trusses, motors and media servers. PRG is also adding other content from vendors that it represents and supplies, such as Prolyte Truss and Vari-Lite.
The growing content library is available initially as a first-access benefit for Vectorworks Service Select members and can be downloaded here. To learn more about the growing content library, Vectorworks Service Select members can visit this link
There is one more pin in the map of PRG Alliance’s global reach – they are now present in Morocco with the addition of its new member Touareg Prod’.
Founded in 2001, Touareg Prod’ offers a range of sound, lighting, rigging, and backline solutions to entertainment industry customers as concerts, TV shows, sports, corporate and private events. The company has now about 70 technicians working full time, a head office in downtown Casablanca and a 2,000 square meter warehouse in the industrial zone of Casablanca.
“I am certain that being part of the PRG Alliance will help Touareg Prod’ to do even more amazing things,” says Squalli Farid, Partner/Owner of Touareg Prod’. “We have been in close collaboration with some of the PRG Alliance members already for a few years but now that we are officially in the group we can’t wait to partner with all the members and welcome international events in Morocco, as well as getting the support for our clients abroad.”
Touareg Prod’ is very eager to fully participate in all PRG Alliance activities and to bring as much technical knowledge and business opportunities as possible to Morocco. “We are very busy with several projects recently. It gives us confidence that now is a good time to invest in our business expansion and join PRG Alliance,” continues Farid.
“Morocco was a natural extension to our presence since it is an important destination for corporate events and concert touring in North Africa,” says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “We are happy to welcome such a proficient player as Touareg Prod’ to our global team.”
With this new addition to its member’s pool, the PRG Alliance is present today in 25 countries in all continents. The complete list of participant companies and news are available on the PRG Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Sound and Visual is ready to give support to the PRG Alliance with high quality services in audiovisual, lighting, rigging, and translation systems
Greece is a great destination for corporate events, with year-round favorable weather conditions, beautiful nature, and a large number of hotels and conference facilities. The company Sound and Visual - K. Papathanasiou S.A. was invited to join the PRG Alliance due to its wealth of experience in providing technical production services for corporate events and conferences in Greece, such as the EHRA 2013 (European Heart Rhythm Association) and the meetings during the Greek Presidency in the EU in the 1st semester of 2014, showing professionalism and attention to details in their integrated solutions for all technical needs. Sound and Visual also offers services for the live music and television markets, with large events as Mad Video Music Awards, Ermis Awards and others in their portfolio.
Sound and Visual is joining the PRG Alliance to be able to provide their clients with an even higher level of service taking advantage of new opportunities to access high-end technology equipment – following their commitment to focus on technology and new media.
“One of the major values that Sound and Visual embraces is teamwork,” says Konstantinos Papathanasiou, CEO of Sound and Visual. “The company is keen on sharing knowledge with the top professionals in the event industry around the world and on the opportunity to be able to cooperate with them in Greece and abroad.”
“We have been collaborating with Sound and Visual for many years and it is a great pleasure to have them in the PRG Alliance now”, says Tom Van Hemelryck, Director of the PRG Alliance. “Our members’ international clients who choose Greece for their events can count on high-level local support now and dedicate more of their budget to event technology rather than to transportation costs.”
Greece is a promising and continuously increasing market in the event industry and the presence of PRG Alliance in the country can contribute directly in leading it to excellence.
The PRG Alliance today has members in 24 countries – the complete list of participant companies and news are available on Alliance website: www.prgalliance.com.
Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the United Kingdom to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group. The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged.
PRG will continue to use its brand name in all other countries across Europe and North America. XL Video teams in those territories will be immediately transitioned into the PRG family.
“Part of our decision to acquire XL Video was the premier value of its brand in many of our markets,” said Jeremiah J. Harris, PRG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We recognize that the XL Video name and logo are synonymous with outstanding quality, customer service, and technical expertise in some of our territories, equal to that of PRG – and so after careful consideration, we have decided to operate with integrated branding for a transition period in those locations.”
“Our aim when joining the two companies was to create a strong foundation for continued growth,” said Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “We believe integrated branding in Germany and the United Kingdom is a terrific introduction of our combined capabilities to our customers and markets.”
Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of XL Video Group.
“Bringing XL Video into the PRG family profoundly enhances our ability to provide our clients with a comprehensive suite of products and services,” said Jeremiah “Jere” Harris, Chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group. “The true opportunity however, lies in bringing together the industry’s most passionate and committed people. Our shared values and technical expertise will allow the company to continue to innovate and grow in new and exciting ways.”
XL Video’s worldwide locations will now become part of PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities around the world. Project teams representing each geography, market, and function across the combined organization are currently working together to align and integrate operations to ensure continued excellence in customer service and support.
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.
The annual prolight+sound trade show has become the foremost exhibition for the live event technology industry and runs alongside the musical instrument fair Musikmesse, the two attractions welcomed over 130,000 visitors through their doors over four show days. The Production Resource Group (PRG) continued their intimate association with the event by supplying lighting, rigging and audio to the Live Entertainment Awards presentation, as well as being their headline sponsor. The LEAs take place every spring on the eve of prolight+sound in the Festhalle arena to pay tribute to the organisers of live events. Our installation utilised stock from throughout the PRG pool and demonstrated our ability to coordinate large groups of people working in different countries to create a production of the highest calibre.
The rig was designed by renowned German designer Jerry Appelt, whose previous credits include the Eurovision song contest, the Delhi commonwealth games opening and closing ceremony and the German X Factor TV show. For this project he crafted a design which showcased a selection of products exclusive to PRG and featured 107 Best Boy washes, 12 Best Boy HPs, 36 Bad Boys and 48 Icon beams. We worked closely with fixture manufacturer SGM who provided 112 G Spots, 152 six packs as well as a host of Q7, P5, P2, Q2 and Q7-W fixtures. Across the stage, entrance and product demonstration area there were 774 lighting fixtures, hung from almost 400M of truss.
Video projection was central to the theme and designed to inject the wow factor into an already adventurous demonstration of our capabilities. The centrepiece of which were five projection mapped geometric screens that tracked around the stage during the 9 minute demonstration. Each screen was projected onto by an individual Barco HDQ40 projector, the media server received tracking information from the rigging control to give the exact positioning of each hoist, and was able to calculate the dimensions of the picture which needed to be projected on each screen. In addition to this elaborate feature there were various side screens and a chandelier made up of 480 SGM LB-100 LED balls. All the video content was driven by a D3 media server and a PRG M Box pro media server.
PRG project manager Tom Kaczmarek oversaw the project and assigned a team of experts to make everything happen. The planning stage of the event took an estimated 1600 hours, before 21 trailer-loads of equipment was unloaded at the Festhalle and the rig was assembled in a mere 36 hours. Production Resource Group were thrilled to have welcome approximately 25,000 clients and industry colleagues into our show space and thank everybody for their support. We look forward to returning to Frankfurt in 2016 with an even more ambitious way of showing the rest of the industry what we can do.
Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, announced the acquisition of Chaos Visual Productions. Headquartered in Burbank, CA, with an office in Bedfordshire, U.K., Chaos provides full service video production for live events. Both PRG and Chaos have built a solid reputation in the industry for combining innovative technology with an international team of highly experienced industry professionals.
“Chaos Visual Productions will be joining forces with PRG Nocturne,” says Mickey Curbishley, CEO, PRG Concert Touring. “It is very exciting to consider the creative and technical solutions that will result from this acquisition which brings together the world’s two most innovative touring video companies. It also creates a single team of the most respected; experienced; and talented minds working in video production today. PRG Nocturne and Chaos, under PRG’s one roof, will create a powerful production resource for our clients in the music industry.”
Through this acquisition, PRG increases their industry leading expert production talent pool with the addition of industry veterans John Wiseman, Nick Jackson, Marty Wickman, and Valdis Dauksts, who will work alongside Bob Brigham and Ron Proesel of PRG Nocturne under the leadership of Curbishley.
Chaos clients will benefit from PRG’s global, multi-disciplined, and integrated platform of lighting, scenic, audio, video, and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of the music industry. “This is a great move for our people and our clients,” comments John Wiseman, President and CEO of Chaos. “I anticipate we will work successfully and creatively together. The opportunity to work with PRG allows us to be part of the best team in the industry and deliver outstanding results for our clients on a global scale.”
Curbishley concludes, “The addition of Chaos Visual Productions into PRG will further strengthen our continued growth and reinforces our commitment to artists, designers, and production managers. We are very pleased to welcome the Chaos team to PRG.”
October 21, 2014 — Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology headquartered in New York, is acquiring Dubai-based Gearhouse, L.L.C., the largest provider of turnkey event production services across the Gulf Region. PRG Chairman & CEO Jeremiah J. Harris and Peter McCann, the Managing Director of Gearhouse, L.L.C jointly announced the acquisition today.
Founded in 1994, Gearhouse, L.L.C. has long been established as the market leader with a client portfolio that includes international touring artists The Rolling Stones, Muse, Rihanna, Eric Clapton, and The Prodigy, along with leading global production companies, government agencies and a growing list of key regional venue partners.
For PRG’s worldwide clients this acquisition means that they will now have access to a complete range of technical expertise and production resource solutions when working in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Region. PRG can now ensure that their clients can be confident in the quality of product, production expertise, and professionalism when working in this important and quickly expanding event location.
“By acquiring Gearhouse, we will be able to significantly increase our local support for our many customers that produce events and shows in Dubai and the Gulf Region”, said PRG’s Harris. “Now we can offer them the same high level of customer service and innovative, reliable technical solutions as our clients expect, wherever they are producing an event.”
With immediate effect, Gearhouse, L.L.C. will be rebranded PRG Gearhouse as its Dubai headquarters joins PRG’s network of over 40 locations in key cities across the US, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Australia, Argentina, and Japan.
Tom Van Hemelryck, PRG’s Vice President, Global Special Events, comments: “Gearhouse is a tremendous addition to PRG’s global team. With their talent, knowledge, expertise and existing client base, Gearhouse will allow PRG to unlock significant potential in this fast growing market. I’m personally delighted to be playing a significant role in this new venture and look forward to the obvious advantages of having people and equipment on the ground when servicing our existing global clients who have become increasingly attracted to delivering events in this region.”
“We have a market here that is rapidly maturing and I regard the creation of PRG Gearhouse as a significant milestone in that process,” comments Peter McCann, co-founder and Managing Director of Gearhouse, L.L.C. “Over the last 20 years, we have established a client base that has become more sophisticated in their expectations of the standard of delivery and of what production really means. As PRG Gearhouse we will be able to exceed their expectations as we will undoubtedly attract the best levels of talent to our region because PRG’s reputation is second to none.”
McCann’s long-term vision for Gearhouse was to be part of a like-minded global organization. “Aside from organizational synergies, we felt PRG shared our highest level of customer service and operational best practices in how we deliver production solutions to our clients and our role in driving internationally recognised health & safety standards in this region. PRG shares my belief that there is a significant opportunity to extend Gearhouse from a regional leader to part of a global organization that will allow us to further differentiate ourselves from regional competition and strengthen our ability to service our customers.”
Leading a workforce of more than 100 full-time employees, McCann’s management team – Bruce MacLean, General Manager; Lee Price, Director of Planning; Dave Emery, Director of Operations; and Harriet Stewart, Area Sales Manager – share the excitement of merging the skills of their existing staff and technical inventory with those of PRG’s global assets.
One of the key benefits of the acquisition will be the way PRG Gearhouse will be able to interact with its European and UK colleagues to strategically utilize resources throughout the entire year. “Our summer normally equates to three and a half months of quiet business, and because of temperatures of around 50°C (112°F), it is impossible to stage outdoor events,” says McCann. “Meanwhile, we have an expansive inventory of premium LED stock, moving lights, rigging, automation, backline, and audio systems including L-Acoustics’ K2 line arrays sitting idle. That will no longer be the case because we’re delivering at a level that absolutely matches what PRG offers in Europe during the festival season. As a consequence, our own people are now able add to their career development by playing a valuable part in those European festivals at a different level than any other company in this market can offer. Conversely, the Dubai office will now have greater access to human and technical resources in our busy season between October and April.”
Short- and long-term exchanges of staff between PRG Gearhouse and other territories within the PRG group are expected in the future, providing what Peter McCann regards as an “idyllic opportunity” to cross-train, pool market intelligence, and broaden cultural experience.
“As an employer, the ability to present to the current staff the prospect of them working for the largest production services provider in the world is one of the most exciting moments in my career,” comments McCann. “Moreover, this market likes to do business with proven players and our clients are now working with the biggest of them all along with the level of technology and quality of execution that they have seen on the Olympic Games and other seriously high profile global events,” McCann says. “Our government clients are just as excited because they know this is a great brand builder for the region, so there is an enormous amount of confidence out here right now.”
“I look forward to working closely with Gearhouse, who know this region so well,” on the many opportunities to support both existing and new clients, Harris concludes. “PRG and Gearhouse are extremely well aligned as both companies provide a multi-discipline, integrated product to our clients. I am impressed with what Peter and his team have built at Gearhouse. The joining of our two companies, I am confident will be to the benefit of our clients, which is our top priority.”
Subject to customary closing conditions, the closing of the acquisition is expected to be effective on October 31, 2014