Eve Stewart reprises period work; Rising Sun hires exec

What do the multi-nommed below-the-line people on “King’s Speech” do for an encore? For production designer Eve Stewart, the answer is “Upstairs Downstairs,” a remake of the classic PBS show, which will screen in April. The series continues the story of the original “Upstairs Downstairs” three decades after it first gained popularity among audiences worldwide. Shot in South Wales, the new series follows the residents of 165 Eaton Place and their servants, analyzing the interaction between the British upper- and working-classes during the tumultuous period starting in 1936. Series creators Dame Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh star, with a script by screenwriter Heidi Thomas… Marc Sadeghi, former exec at defunct San Francisco vfx house The Orphanage, has joined Australian studio Rising Sun Pictures. He brings to his new gig experience as feature film exec and exec vfx producer on such films “Iron Man,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2 and 3) and “Sin City.” Sadeghi’s will work alongside Rising Sun Pictures CEO Michael Taylor in forecasting, strategic planning and business development. He’ll also head company’s worldwide sales effort and oversee studio relations. Rising Sun Pictures has been a vfx contributor to such films as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Parts I & II), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Terminator: Salvation.” Sadeghi said the company has potential to be developer of original content: “They have the physical resources to move into original productions, and, more importantly, they have the storytelling skills.”

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