Edgy Brit getting U.S. gig

U.K. exec brings rep for controversial shows

This article was updated at 6:45 p.m.

Fox TV Studios has inked a multiyear overall deal with Simon Andreae, the exec who helped reinvigorate Blighty’s Channel 4 by nurturing fare such as “The Clitoris Uncovered” and “The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.”

Andreae is ankling the U.K.’s commercially funded pubcaster, where he is head of science and education, and will move to L.A. in the spring, where he will attempt to develop and produce the type of cutting-edge material with which he has become associated.

Fox TV Studios prexy Angela Shapiro-Mathes has been looking to build the studio’s roster of producers devoted to unscripted content since arriving last year. She announced the deal Wednesday.

Several nets, including Fox and cabler Spike, have already committed to buy programming from Andreae.

In addition to his TV work, Andreae is also a member of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and has written about sex for Esquire and the Independent.

“Through his body of work, he’s displayed a penchant for delivering highly original and diverse projects,” Shapiro-Mathes said, adding that she believes that his programming will be distinctive in approach and global in appeal.

At C4, Andreae, a former indie who has co-produced with HBO and created controversy with his “Clitoris Uncovered,” has been responsible for fare such as “The Autopsy,” “Jump London,” “Body Shock” and “Scrapheap Challenge.” His work on “The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off” won an Emmy.

He has also commissioned a number of shows about human sexuality, including “Animal Passions,” which looked at sexual relationships between humans and animals, and “Flesh and the Devil,” a feature-length docu about sexual suppression in the Catholic Church.

Andreae said he chose to ink with Fox Television because the studio’s “scope is so broad yet the structure is so personalized.”

Andreae said he plans to co-produce some projects with C4.