PRG and The Forum Group Join Forces to Form the World’s First Minority-Owned Production Solutions Company
Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), the world’s leading provider of production solutions for entertainment and live events, announced the launch of PRG Forum, a partnership designed to provide career paths for production professionals from underrepresented and minority communities.
A unique partnership between PRG and The Forum Group, LLC, a diversified global company that includes businesses in sports, entertainment and production, led to the creation of PRG Forum as a global production solutions company. owned by a minority. To this partnership, PRG brings cutting-edge solutions enabling artists and technicians to realize their creativity at live events, while The Forum Group offers a diverse pool of talent seeking greater opportunities in the music industry. production.
This one-of-a-kind partnership in the entertainment production industry is the result of an ongoing working relationship producing concerts and live events for talents such as Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin/Enrique Iglesiasand Jacques TD (MegaFest Dallas), according to a press release.
“As an African American business leader, my goal is to uplift communities while doing great business,” says Kevin ColumbusFounder and Managing Director of The Forum Group.
“One of our guiding principles at the PRG Forum is to ensure that respect and inclusion operate as cornerstones of our culture. With the minority presence on the production side of the entertainment industry being deplorable, the PRG Forum has the specific intention of changing and improving the existing landscape.
The founding vision of the PRG Forum is to set the bar for the development of diverse talent by intentionally emphasizing equity and inclusion. As production technologies continue to advance, there will be more opportunities to innovate and evolve.
“As activity returns to our markets and we begin to hire appropriately, we have an increased opportunity to shape a workforce that is more representative of our artists and audiences. This is a pivotal time for us to come before the industry on this issue,” said Stephan ParidaenManaging Director, PRG.
“We are excited about our alignment with Forum Group and the pipeline it provides to a diverse pool of talent. »
“We are delighted to join Kevin Columbus and his team in this paramount mission,” said Jeremy HarrisExecutive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, PRG.
“This partnership, which has grown organically across many projects where PRG and The Forum Group have collaborated, will significantly expand and accelerate our commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the production markets that we serve.”
The establishment of a career path initiative was essential to the creation of the PRG Forum. Through a guided curriculum and cohort model, PRG Forum will help team members specialize technically and advance in leadership.
“From day one, my relationship with Kevin and The Forum Group has been built on trust and purpose through music, television and film,” the PRG executive explained, John Wiseman.
“Together, through the PRG Forum, we will continue to engage global audiences while providing career paths through new and existing forms of media and live experiences.”