Warner Bros. has upped Ana de Castro to senior VP and deputy general counsel.

De Castro, who has worked at WB for 18 years, reports to exec VP and general counsel John Rogovin. The duo will work closely on legal issues for the studio, focusing on franchise properties and commercial opportunities around the world.

“Ana has a deep knowledge of the studio, extensive commercial experience, a strong background in intellectual property and licensing, excellent management skills and a first-rate legal mind,” Rogovin said. “She has provided invaluable legal and strategic counsel throughout her tenure, and we’re glad to have her joining our corporate team where we can further draw on her expertise.”

De Castro served as senior VP of business and legal affairs, WB Consumer Products, since 2007. Her previous posts at the studio include VP of legal affairs for WBCP and as a senior attorney.

Before joining WB in 1996, de Castro served as assistant general counsel-marketing at Unilever United States and was a corporate attorney at Morrison & Foerster.