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'Dora the Explorer' Actress Sues Nickelodeon

by PopEater Staff, posted Oct 7th 2010 7:30PM
Dora and CaitlinThe 14-year-old actress who voiced the popular character 'Dora the Explorer' is suing Nickelodeon for allegedly cheating her out of millions of dollars.

Caitlin Sanchez, who became the voice of the adventurous cartoon character in 2007, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Nickelodeon and its parent companies exploited her with a dubious contract that made millions for the network, but little for her.

In an official statement, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said that the claims were baseless.
Sanchez's lawyers told the New York Daily News that the actress and her parents were pressured into signing a "convoluted and inscrutable contract" that cheated her out of "millions, perhaps tens of millions."

But Nickelodeon countered that Sanchez was "was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances." In their statement, they said, "Unfortunately, Caitlin's voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role. Caitlin's contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union."
The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, names Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom International as defendants. Sanchez and her parents believe the young star was not compensated properly for hundreds of hours of studio time, in addition to personal appearances and profits from the show's merchandising empire.

"Defendants used Caitlin, unjustly enriching themselves of millions of dollars in profits from the series and branded products, which Caitlin preformed and promoted," the suit claims.

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Sanchez became Dora, a Latina character, in 2007, and her contract promised $5,115 per episode and a cut from residuals and merchandising. The Sanchez's claim that their own agent, Jason Bercy, gave them only 22 minutes to review the contract and threatened that if they didn't sign immediately, Nick would "pass on Caitlin for the part of Dora."

Bercy is not named in the suit and when contacted declined to comment. A legal representative for Viacom calls the suit "completely without merit."

According to her IMDB page, Sanchez has also starred in four 'Dora' TV movies and had a guest role on the short-lived show 'Lipstick Jungle.'

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