LONDON — Producer Bob Last has taken up the role of chair for the Center for the Moving Image, the parent company of the Edinburgh Film Festival and local independent exhib Filmhouse Cinema.

Last, who recently produced Sylvain Chomet’s Academy Award nommed toon “The Illusionist,” has a background in film production, digital animation and in the music industry, including as a music supervisor on a variety of films including “Backbeat,” “Little Voice” and “Chocolat.”

“The Centre for the Moving Image and the festival in particular have had a challenging few years and I am grateful to the outgoing chair, Leslie Hills, for navigating the organization back on track, under the artistic direction of Chris Fujiwara and Rod White,” said Last. “I look forward to doing everything I can to help the whole CMI team in their quest to see Filmhouse build its role in the life of our city and the (festival) build its international significance.”