August 27, 2004
New York, NY The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) is pleased to announce that Production Resource Group (PRG) has made a substantial $100,000 donation to the development of the new Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP). PRGs contribution brings the total pledges received to date to just over $600,000.

Upon announcing the donation, Jere Harris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, PRG is proud to be a cornerstone sponsor of the ETCP. We recognize that our future success will be tied to the skills and training of our people, and the ETCP will help us identify the very best technicians available.

We are very pleased that the PRG has recognized this important program with their very significant and generous contribution. For this program to succeed, it is essential to have support from major employers like PRG," said Tim Hansen, ETCP Council Chair.

ETCP is developing a new industry-wide certification program for entertainment technology technicians. The ETCP Fundraising Campaign is seeking funds for the development stage of the Program which is expected to become self supporting once the initial development phase is complete.

PRG joins Clear Channel Entertainment, I.A.T.S.E., and United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. as an Executive Producer contributor, ETCPs highest fundraising level.

ETCP will set standards for safer working practices and reduce workplace risk in all entertainment venues. Industry experts will develop rigorous assessments, conduct examinations and award credentials to qualified entertainment technicians. ETCP will focus on disciplines that directly affect the health and safety of performers, crews and audiences, beginning with rigging skills and electrical skills. For more information visit

The ESTA Certification Council members are key leaders drawn from entertainment business, labor, facilities, associations, and academia representing the diversity of the entertainment industry. Membership includes AMPTP, CITT, CCE, IAAM, IATSE, ICIA, PRG, TEA, and USITT.


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