RDF Kids and Family is aiming to rework classic brands RentaGhost and Worzel Gummidge for a modern day audience, after striking a deal for both nostalgia properties.
The firm has licensed the rights from Pidgeon Entertainment, an IP development company set up by Patrick Pidgeon and based in LA. RDF will be working with Pidgeon Entertainment to develop, produce and distribute the properties in the UK and internationally.
RentaGhost featured a group of ghosts trying to set up their own business enterprise and ran on the BBC for nine years from 1975 to 1984. Its episodes have been periodically re-broadcast for the past 15 or so years on CBBC.
Meanwhile, Worzel Gummidge began in 1936 as a series of children's books, which were adapted by ITV into a live action TV series from 1979 to 1981, including four series totalling over 30 episodes.
The show featured a scarecrow with interchangeable heads for thinking, dancing and working, played by former Dr Who, Jon Pertwee. Una Stubbs played Aunt Sally, the love interest.
"We feel there is real potential for these classic brands to be reworked for a modern day audience and are very excited to be working with Patrick to take them forward," said Nigel Pickard, director of family entertainment at RDF.