'Dora the Explorer' Voice Sues Nickelodeon

Oct 14, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
'Dora the Explorer' Voice Sues Nickelodeon

Caitlin Sanchez, the teenager who lent her voice to Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer," is suing the television network for a breach of contract, claiming she is owed millions of dollars. 

The 14-year-old Sanchez - who provided the bilingual voice for the show's main character since 2007 - and her family claim she is owed fees for reruns, DVD recordings and hundreds of hours of promotional work, according to E! online.

"Caitlin and her family hoped to resolve their concerns short of filing any complaint, but were unfortunately forced to sue when they believed that Nickelodeon was not engaged in good faith discussions," Sanchez's lawyer told the news provider.

The lawsuit claims that the television network purposely misrepresented itself during initial contract discussions and has been "unjustly enriched in the tens of millions of dollars" while the teenager was not properly compensated.

Network spokesman David Bitter said Sanchez was "well-compensated for her work and for her personal appearances" and that Nickelodeon has even offered her other work since her recent voice change.