Production Resource Group (PRG) has announced the promotion of Ian Clarke to vice president and chief technology officer, based in Dallas TX. Since 2009 Clarke has served as head of technical services for PRG in Birmingham, UK. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree and began his entertainment industry career as a stagehand in Plymouth, UK.
In 1984 he joined Light & Sound Design Ltd. (LSD) as a touring lighting technician working throughout Europe, and helped pioneer the development of the company's Icon series of moving lights and hoist control system. He also managed the team of engineers responsible for the Icon M lighting fixture, which was the first luminaire to be based on digital projection technology.
Since PRG merged with VLPS in 2004, Clarke has been involved in the design of the Mbox Extreme® range of media servers, the Bad Boy® luminaire and more recently the LED-based OHM™ fixture.
“Ian is an industry veteran with unmatched experience. PRG has a strong commitment to product innovation and the development of integrated entertainment technologies, which will continue under Ian’s direction,” said Jere Harris, PRG’s chairman and CEO. “There is no one better qualified than Ian Clarke to lead PRG’s technology group,” said Rusty Brutsché, vice chairman, PRG. “He has been a valuable member of our R&D team and has a long history developing successful products.”