The National Film Board of Canada appointed Claude Joli-Coeur as its new chair and government film commissioner, announced Shelly Glover, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, on Tuesday.

Joli-Coeur’s specialties in entertainment law and international co-production make him an obvious choice for the position. He has been instrumental in many international co-production endeavors between Canada and countries including France, the U.K. and Germany.

Joli-Coeur had been serving as the interim government film commissioner and chair for the NFB since the first of the year, having previously held the position from December 2006 to June 2007. He joined the board in October 2003 as the director of business affairs and legal services, also serving as the secretary to the board of trustees. He held the position of assistant commissioner sinc June 2007.

Joli-Coeur’s term will last five years.

Canada’s NFB creates content with the aim of providing the world with a uniquely Canadian perspective, including documentaries, animation, drama and digital content.