Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of Production Resource Group (PRG), announced the establishment of an Asian subsidiary under the name PRG Asia Inc. The new subsidiary will be headquartered in Tokyo and will be dedicated to supporting PRG’s clients in the Asian marketplace.
PRG has more than a decade of experience serving clients in Asia in such projects as theater installations, theme park attractions, concert tours, and corporate and special events. PRG Asia Inc. will be engaged in business development and client support for all PRG products and services.
Makoto Yamazaki will serve as president of Asian operations for the new subsidiary. He joined the entertainment industry more than 20 years ago as an assistant stage manager for the Tokyo Production of Cats. While serving as technical director for the Japanese tours of Cats and Phantom of the Opera, he devised a theater-in-a-theater system by packaging scenery, lighting and sound as one traveling unit. During the past 10 years, he has played instrumental roles in Shiki Theatrical Company’s design and renovation of theaters throughout Asia, including the Beijing Theatre, Kyoto Theatre and Osaka Mainichi Hall.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Yamazaki-san’s level of experience to oversee the operations of our new Asian subsidiary,” said John Swain, a veteran of numerous PRG projects in Asia and the primary North American contact for the new subsidiary. “I can think of no one else who has built more theaters in Asia. Yamazaki’s experience includes all phases of theater development, from architectural design and construction through installation and operation of the entertainment systems.”
Other employees of PRG Asia Inc. include Shiomi Watanabe (administrative assistant), Tsuyoshi Namiki (account executive), Osamu Kuwashima (project manager) and Junko Nagahara (assistant project manager). Kevin Baxley, PRG’s COO, will serve as chairman of the new subsidiary.
To contact Yamazaki, e-mail [email protected].