SYDNEY – Ausfilm announced in London on Monday that Bob McMullan would take over the newly created role of independent chairperson of the board.McMullan, a federal politician and former Minister of the Arts, will work out of London where he currently works as a director of the European Bank from Reconstruction and Development. He takes over from Alaric McAusland the current chair based Down Under. It is hoped McMullan’s the new international role will help shore up co-productions and continue the recent good run of Oz to snare big projects like “The Great Gatsby” and “The Wolverine” despite a strong Aussie dollar. “I have always valued the combined economic and cultural importance of the film and television industry and am keep to contribute to the work of Ausfilm and the Australian industry,” McMullan said on taking the role. He will officially begin work at Ausfilm on July 1.