PRG and The Forum Group Join Forces to Form the World’s First Minority-Owned Production Solutions Company
Industry-changing partnership will provide increased access and opportunities to minority talent pool
LA VEGAS, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), the world’s leading provider of production solutions for entertainment and live events, today announced the launch of PRG Forum, a partnership designed to provide career to production professionals from underrepresented groups 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 HartNicki Minaj, Ricky Martin/Enrique Iglesiasand TD Jakes (MegaFest Dallas).
“As an African American business leader, my goal is to uplift communities while doing great business,” says Kevin Columbus, Founder and CEO, 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 build 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 Paridaen, CEO, 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 Harris, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, PRG. “This partnership, which has grown organically on 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 across 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.”
About the Forum group
Founded in 2009, The Forum Group is a diversified global company that includes sports, entertainment and production businesses, as well as the manufacture and distribution of commercial goods and services. Our goal is to create opportunities for growth in areas of strategic interest through ownership and investments by leveraging the collective thought leadership of our partners and advisors across various industries.
For more information visit www.theforumgroup.com or email [email protected]
PRG is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event services and solutions. We bring cutting-edge creativity, experience and technology to every project we undertake. Our teams are made up of the most accomplished experts, engineers and craftsmen working in theatre, film, television, broadcast, concert touring, corporate events and hotels and staging. With 250 patents and over 70 registered trademarks, we are a company defined by innovation. And, thanks to our network of 70 offices spread over the five continents, PRG can deliver to its customers anywhere in the world. For more information visit www.prg.com or email [email protected]
SOURCE Production Resource Group LLC