There are executives [[ExecutiveMeddling in every industry]].
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[[folder:Art]]
* It is said that the Greek sculptor Polykleitos was making a statue once, and people constantly instructed him about how it should look (in some variations, it was an official committee). He made such a statue, while in secret, making another the way he wanted. In the end, he showed the people both statues, and explained the difference between his creation and theirs.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Freedom Statue of Freedom]] on the Capitol Dome was originally designed wearing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_cap Phrygian cap]], but the man overseeing the project, Jefferson Davis (future president of the Confederacy), rejected that part of the design.
* If you tour the Vatican, the guides will tell you a possibly apocryphal story about Michelangelo and a Cardinal. The Cardinal demanded that Michelangelo cover up the genitalia of the figures in his paintings. Michelangelo retaliated by painting him as Satan in Hell, [[ExactWords with a serpent covering his crotch.]] When the Cardinal complained to the Pope, the Pope replied [[RulesLawyer "I am sorry my friend, but he has painted you in Hell, and I only have authority in heaven."]]
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[[folder:Documentaries]]
* ''Series/DinosaurRevolution'' would have been a purely animal-centric animated EdutainmentShow, consisting of six episodes in which highly anthropomorphic prehistoric animals goofed off, with no obtrusive {{Narrator}} or any TalkingHeads. Then, to explain the science behind these comedic and often far-fetched stories, there would have been a companion show where real life paleontologists would have, well, [[CaptainObvious explained stuff]]. This was deemed too "risky", so the two series got combined, and only four episodes were made. Many segments, some of which had been storyboarded and had their CGI models ready, were abandoned. They added "sparse" (yet at times still obnoxious and unneeded) narration, and cheesy holograms of talking scientists and various StockFootage clips now interrupted the stories. Worse, despite the stories clearly having been animated as very dark comedies, the final show was presented to the viewers as a legit documentary. The DiscoveryChannel realized these faults, and at a later date, a cinematic version titled ''Dinotasia'' was released, which attempted to present the concept as it was originally intended, with no narration. However, since it could only work with whichever scenes had already been done, the movie turned out to be an inconsistent mess, and without the originally planned companion series, the educational value was all but lost. Even most of the special effects looked hokey, due to the rushed production.
* Nobel-prize winner Leon Ledermann, writing a book about the Higgs boson, wanted to call it "the goddamn particle" because of all the trouble it was causing within particle physics. His publisher, knowing what sort of controversy was more likely to stir up journalists' interest, insisted on kicking off trouble between science and theologians instead; hence, the Higgs is now popularly known as "the God particle".
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Beta readers in general. The idea behind a beta reader (or simply beta) is that you hand out your story to someone else and have them fix the grammar, spelling and possibly plot, but that also means you take responsibility for anything your beta does.
** FanFictionDotNet has their own requirements for beta readers because of this reason.
** Of course, [[SturgeonsLaw it never works]].
* ''[[FanFic/{{ITSMYLIFE}} TEEN FORTRESS 2]]'': [=MarissaTheWriter=] came in contact with "Logic Edtor", who wanted to fix one chapter of [[TrollFic horrible spelling and grammar, a Mary Sue cameo, indiscernible mixture of different fandoms and overall OOC-ness]]; however, the original was posted as well as the fixed chapter. (This is in fact with agreement from the author, unlike ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''[='s=] hacked chapter.)
** And the fixed chapter had Cave Johnson's trademark lemon rant randomly inserted.
* InUniverse: this is why the titular ShowWithinAShow in ''Fanfic/TheCalvinHobbesAndPaineShow'' was {{retool}}ed into a VarietyShow after Watterson left. Another incident Calvin describes was when they were forced to do a parody of ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' in 1999, just like every other comedy show did at the time.
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* This is what killed ''Magazine/{{Cracked}}''. Tabloid owner Dick Kulpa bought the mag, and as a cost-cutting measure, turned most artists' and writers' pays to flat-rate instead of by page. As a result, many veteran writers/artists left, such as Walter Brogan and John Severin. Kulpa was running the mag from his kitchen table, plastering it with tabloid-like covers, constantly delaying releases, and overall ruining the mag through his lack of experience. After that, an anthrax attack briefly stopped things. Finally, the mag was re-tooled as a "men's magazine" like ''Maxim'' for three issues before dying and coming back to life as a highly popular humor website.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* When Bill Watterson wanted a new half-page Sunday format for ''CalvinAndHobbes'' that would give him more control over the layout and arrangement of the panels, this caused considerable consternation in executives from the syndicate and the newspapers carrying the strip, as it would require drastic change in the layout of many of the papers' comics pages. In this particular case, negotiation between these executives resulted in a split decision: his half-page format would indeed be adopted, but so would a greatly shrunken quarter-page version to accommodate papers that couldn't spare the extra space. As Watterson noted in his anthology, this meant his strip actually lost space in some newspapers (reducing the royalties he received). On the whole, however, he counted this as a victory.
* The creator of ''{{Luann}}'' anticipated this so he made alternate strips concerning one story arc.
* Lynn Johnston wanted to end ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' in 2008, however she was forced to write more strips because the syndicate(s) didn't want to lose their slots in the papers.
** For the most part, though, they gave up and went to straight reprints.
* Similar to the above example, Johnson's friend Charles Schulz had plans to end ''{{Peanuts}}'' in 1980. He knew that he was running out of ideas for the strip, and wanted to end it before [[SeasonalRot it became stale]]. When he approached United Features Syndicate (who owned the strip) about doing so, they said that would be fine... but if he did, they'd turn ''Peanuts'' into a [[FranchiseZombie legacy strip]] and get someone else to write it. Not wanting to see the franchise in the hands of someone else, Schulz grudgingly took back his plans to end it and continued to do the strip for twenty more years.
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* A positive example of executive meddling is with the creation of ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. The production company exec, Lew Grade, liked the show so much that he demanded that the half-hour show have hour-long episodes. As a result, Gerry Anderson's company had to, at least initially, pad the time with additional plot twists and character development, which gave the series a sophistication that made the show a cult classic.
* Further executive decisions resulted in the cancellation of ''Thunderbirds'' after TheFilmOfTheSeries failed to perform. This did, however, allow Anderson to develop his next show, ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'', which gathered a significant cult following of its own, if not as big as that of ''Thunderbirds''. Grade made a less positive decision concerning Anderson's final Supermarionation show ''The Secret Service''. Each episode featured Father Unwin, voiced by Stanley Unwin, bamboozling people with Unwin's trademark "Unwinese" doubletalk. Unfortunately, when Grade first heard this, he cancelled the show with only 13 episodes in the can, on the grounds that viewers wouldn't understand Unwinese -- despite the fact that they weren't ''meant'' to.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'': Executives were trying to change Stern's vision of his show since his first day on the air. It's generally agreed upon by critics and fans that him fighting and being able to do his show the way he wanted completely changed the way morning radio shows were presented. However, whether or not Stern going through the actual process of fighting these battles was entertaining leads to a case of BrokenBase.
** While discussing the constant format battles in his ''Private Parts'' biography, he brings up several interesting anecdotes. For a CrowningMomentOfFunny, when airing on [=WNBC=], the station required a quick station identification before every commercial, which Howard dutifully agreed to do. But later, his program supervisor came to him and told him that the station wanted him to say [="WNBC"=] with a quasi-Southern drawl, emphasizing the "N", specifically ''(Something like "W-Ee~ee~en-B-C!")''. Naturally, the next day, Stern featured a skit with himself and another cast member playing the role of gay men auditioning for a [=WNBC=] program, debating over which of their ridiculously overexaggerated drawls was most suitable.
** Later on, he had a female program manager who was willing to go along with any idea he wanted, as long as it was planned out in advance, something he himself admitted was a perfectly reasonable request. If he wanted to have such-and-such skit, great; just pencil it in at X time on Y day, so listeners know to expect it on a regular basis. But at that point, Stern was still in that strange embryo phase between SmallNameBigEgo and ProtectionFromEditors, which led to him arguing that he should be allowed to air skits and segments whenever he felt like it; in this case, he got away with it, but one wonders how many other supervisors there were willing to work with his ideas and get them into a structured format, as opposed to the majority he talks about in the book who were simply looking to hammer the censorship button and make his life hell.
* BBC executives banned ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' from imitating politicians (which was a shame, since Creator/PeterSellers had such voice-acting talent he could imitate anyone on Earth), and would regularly censor the scripts so nothing overtly political got through. Creator/SpikeMilligan responded by [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar trying to make the censors' lives as miserable as possible]] and ranting a lot about the BBC.
* On ''Radio/TheStanFrebergShow'', CBS ordered the ending of the nearly episode-length sketch "Incident at Los Voraces" changed to replace the hydrogen bomb with an earthquake. The sketch returned to its original version on LP and CD.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The creators of the ''{{Planescape}}'' and ''Al-Qadim'' settings for ''DungeonsAndDragons'' have both commented that they were fortunate TSR bosses expected a different setting to be the Next Big Thing, and so were breathing down ''those'' developers' necks, and leaving them to do whatever they wanted.
** Some of the CrazyAwesome of ''{{Spelljammer}}'' stemmed from CreatorBacklash at TSR's execs pushing their deadline forward with no chance to playtest.
* Ever wonder why DungeonsAndDragons is now owned by WizardsOfTheCoast and not still by TSR? This trope is directly responsible for TSR's downfall and subsequent buyout by WOTC. To go into more detail, the controller of TSR, Lorraine Williams, managed to do almost ''everything'' wrong - shunting resources away from bestselling D&D and into a Buck Rogers RPG that nobody particularly wanted (but which would send profits to the heiress controlling the franchise - namely Lorraine Williams), appointing incompetents to positions of authority, mandating new D&D settings with incompatible rules so that resources for one would be useless to any other setting, licensing video game adaptations with people who couldn't really do justice to the material, forbidding playtesting on company time, and ''[[FrivolousLawsuit suing people on messageboards for discussing TSR products]]''. Really, if you're after a how-to guide for running a gaming company into the ground, that's pretty much it.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* DisneyThemeParks went through a period of this in the Eisner-Era. Among the results are shutting down the Subs for the first time, the entire fiasco surrounding ''Journey into Imagination'', the infamous cost-cutting that went into California Adventure, the Paris Studios park and Hong Kong Disneyland, and other problems.
** And that's not even mentioning the whole Horizons incident, which evidently caused a ban on even mentioning that Horizons ever existed until quite recently.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[Webcomic/HeadTrip Mal]] has a [[http://headtripcomics.keenspot.com/d/20071107.html solution.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Spoofed in the ''{{League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions}}'' with the Evil K-NIT TV-47 Executive.
* Parodied in the series ''Revisioned: Activision'', which has an executive trying to force two writers to remake the Atari game ''Kaboom'' for modern audiences. At one point, he even flips through a guide of "Screenwriting for Meddlers".
* On Gamespy, a negative 1.5/5 review for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKonga 2'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050514235146/http://www.maragos.org/ was partially rewritten]] to score [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050511054155/http://cube.gamespy.com/gamecube/donkey-konga-disk-2/611687p1.html 3/5]]. Then they pulled it off the website and replaced it with a new one (3.5/5). ''PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/5/13/ was not amused]].
* Caused a literal CreatorBreakdown in the production of the series finale of ''ThereWillBeBrawl'': Matthew Mercer had planned to release it on Christmas Day, but The Escapist (the host site) suddenly announced that it would be released a week early, causing Mercer to scramble so much to finish filming and editing that he ended up on bed rest with a pinched nerve. It ended up having to be released on New Year's Day.
* Despite the rather open nature of wiki sites, many are often subject to the rule of editors, admins, or whoever happens to be running the site. Countless wiki pages (including those on TvTropes and TheOtherWiki) have been moved, altered, or deleted by editor mandate for a variety of reasons.
* ''UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox'' is known for a variety of options to allow users to customize Firefox as they see fit. Mozilla Add-ons is an official Mozilla website for users looking for new add-ons to Firefox (and other Mozilla developed products). They have been trying to remove full themes that let you change every inch of Firefox and other Mozilla products for the last three years much to the [[BrokenBase annoyance of customization aficionados]] by doings things like trying to replace full themes with [[TheScrappy themes]] [[note]]formally known as Personas, which only let you change the background of the main window of a Mozilla product[[/note]] and trying to obscure where full themes can be found at to drive download numbers lower to give themselves the excuse to cut full themes in future versions of Firefox.
* Even Website/{{Cracked}} can get in on the action, as is seen by [[http://www.bogleech.com/halloween/hall12-spiders.html this]]article on Bogleech about how the author's article was so thoroughly changed (Most notably by adding a "kill all spiders" slant when, if you read the author's other work, you'll see he holds ''the exact opposite position'') that he ultimately disowned it.
** Another article by the same author [[http://bogleech.tumblr.com/post/50768777099/want-to-see-how-tough-it-is-to-get-an-article-accepted on how much of a pain in the butt it is to get an article accepted]] shows how arbitrary their standards for what gets in their articles can be. ''They rejected Goddamned Noseybonk for an article on nightmare fuel in kid's TV for God's sake!''
* A rare example where a bit of ExecutiveMeddling [[AvertedTrope might have been warranted:]] on the ''WebVideo/BadCallTV'' episode "Playing the Fools," Comedy Central makes the error of allowing the creators of WesternAnimation/SouthPark to begin their second season on April Fool's Day, without any creative intervention. The result? A ''massive'' backlash from fans, who had hoped to see a resolution to the Season One cliffhanger, only to be treated to [[ShowWithinAShow an entire episode of just Terrence and Phillip.]]
* This caused a show to be incomplete - {{Creator/Polaris}} were making [[http://indiestatik.com/2014/03/31/most-expensive-game-jam/ a show called Game_Jam]] where four teams would compete to make a game in four days for a number of prizes. The show was sponsored by Mountain Dew, and yes, that fact is important. A consultant from [=PepsiCo=] went to each team implying that 'having females on the team would put them at a disadvantage', generally trying to make that Reality TV show bullshit drama. [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere Every team walked off the set and refused to continue the project, costing Polaris $400,000 and costing the show's producer]] [[MisBlamed (not the guy who actually said this to the teams)]] [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere to be fired from Polaris.]]
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[[folder:Other]]
* Early in WorldWarII, Messerschmitt had a workable design for a jet-propelled interceptor that would theoretically wreak havoc on the Allies' air forces. They called it the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262 Me 262]]. Fortunately for the free world, Hitler decided that what the Luftwaffe really needed wasn't an interceptor, but a tactical fighter-bomber. This arguably resulted in the Me 262's entry into the war being delayed until 1944, at which point it was too late.
** Another example from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] was the [[RareGuns StG 44]]. It was a revolutionary design, what we today would call an assault rifle. During development, Hitler put it to a halt. Due to infighting amongst Nazi officials over what weapons took more priority, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat he wanted new submachine gun designs, not new rifle designs]]. Armorers made it anyway, giving it the designation [=MP43=], the MP a designation normally given to submachine guns, [[ExactWords which was what Hitler wanted]]. Hitler did eventually find out, had the production halted again, but put the weapon through a performance trial first before giving it his approval after the results proved favorable.
* Hitler and Stalin were pretty much the epitome of this on the Eastern Front. Not only would they override their top generals' decisions, but they would make absolutely unreasonable demands and then punish the generals for not following through. It came to the point where each of them was pretty much personally controlling the front, and none of their generals willing to dissuade them otherwise. Stalin only narrowly won out in the end because he was slightly more willing to listen to his general staff's advice (on top of more of his generals having the courage to actually disobey his orders and generate actual results).
* When France introduced its Lebel rifle in 1886, it was revolutionary for being the first smokeless powder rifle in the world, rendering all previous military rifles obsolete. But in every other way, it was barely an advancement over existing rifles, due to War Minister insisting that the rifle be developed within less than a year, ''and'' that it use a cartridge that the existing Gras rifles could be converted to fire in an emergency. As a result, the Lebel with its slow-to-reload tube magazine was hopelessly outclassed by German rifles within a mere 2 years, and by the 1890s nearly every major power had superior rifle to the Lebel that was loaded by either stripper clips or en bloc clips. On top of that, the requirements imposed for the 8mm Lebel cartridge resulted in a heavily tapered case that was very ill-suited to automatic and semi-automatic weapons, plaguing French design efforts for the next 40 years.
* The Vasa was a Swedish warship commissioned by king Gustavus Adolphus, who wanted it to be as fearsome and powerful as possible. He kept increasing the number of cannons he wanted on the ship against the advice of the Dutch shipwrights he hired, resulting in one of the gun decks having its ports only barely above the waterline. This is generally not a good thing on a ship, where you tend to want the water to remain on the ''outside'' of the hull. When she was launched, with open gun ports, harbour water started sloshing in, the ship began to list, and after sailing for only 1300 metres, it disappeared beneath the waves. The king was outraged, and wanted to have his shipwrights executed, but the courts rightly pointed out that they had continually advised against adding more and more guns and they were exonerated. The cannons were salvaged, and the ship was ultimately forgotten..... until it was found almost entirely intact in 1950. The icy cold water near the bottom of the Stockholm harbour had prevented the organic matter from decaying, and it was salvaged and is currently housed in a museum, almost entirely intact, with a treasure trove of seventeenth century artifacts.
* Robert McNamara was notorious for this during the 60s. First, he demanded that the M16 be sent into Vietnam with no chrome-lined barrel, no forward assist, and above all, no training on how to clean the new rifle[[note]] The Rifle was advertised as a 'self cleaning' design [[/note]]. Thousands of stoppages, hundreds of lives, and several protests by the Military later, field manuals were issued on how to clean the M16, and later the M16A1 entered service with all the features previously removed by McNamara. But the M16 was sadly ''not'' an isolated incident.
** Prior to Vietnam, the thinking was that the dogfight was a thing of the past, and thus, many aircraft were designed with this ideology in mind. However, what really hurt was the fact that because of the people in charge believing that "The Dogfight was dead", none of the ''pilots'' were trained on how to properly employ their missiles, let alone mix it up with the North Vietnamese aircraft [[note]] which ''where'' designed to dogfight, and had pilots who could do exactly that. [[/note]]. Worse yet, Washington had a say in 'exactly' which route the strike forces were to take, and even ordered that the North Vietnamese Air Fields were not to be touched. Surprising no one with atleast a gold oak-leaf on their shoulder or higher, the NVAF took full advantage of this, shot down dozens of F-105 Thunderchiefs, and always escaped before the F-4 Phantoms could catch them and shoot them down. When Col. Robin Olds arrived in Vietnam, he turned the tables on the situation there within a couple months, and nearly crippled the NVAF in his first major operation.
** The Navy didn't have it easy either. Throughout the war, McNamara tried in vain to get the Navy to accept the F-111B for fleet service. It suffered greatly from being underpowered, to heavy, and being to damn big. When asked if a new engine design would help any, the Secretary of the Navy answered "There isn't enough power in all Christendom to make that airplane what we want!" With that, the F-111B project was canned, and the VFX program began, resulting in the [[CoolPlane F-14 Tomcat]].
* After a few recon photos showed some new Soviet fighters[[note]] The Su-27 Flanker and Mig-29 Fulcrum[[/note]] being tested, the US Air Force got a little concerned that their nice shiny new F-15 Eagle might not be able to tangle with them, and so a new project was launched to try to design and build a new fighter that could take them on and defeat them. Although combat would show the F-15 was perfectly capable of taking on the new Russian fighters, Congress in their infinite wisdom decided to go ahead with the Advanced Tactical Fighter program, which resulted in two stealthy prototypes being deployed, the YF-22 Raptor, and YF-23 Black Widow II. After a fly off, the F-22 was chosen, and that's where the problems began. For starters, unlike previous planes, where one company was responsible for the airframe[[note]]Who would then subcontract out for certain other parts like engines and such[[/note]], Congress decided that it was impossible for one company to build the new fighter alone, and instead of allowing Lockheed Martin to sell license, they ordered them to have other companies assist in the production by building various parts of the aircraft, which Lockheed would put together like a giant model kit. Making matters worse, the order kept getting slashed [[note]]to the mere 180 aircraft in service today[[/note]], and exports were prohibited fearing that allies may become enemies, or use the Raptors stealth for a preemptive attack on their neighbors. What this has resulted in, is an otherwise great aircraft being plagued with compatibility problems, health risks to the pilots that fly it, and even a fatal crash.
** And to make things worse, Congress never learned their lesson about fighter design, and ordered the design of a new JackOfAllStats fighter that can do the job of any aircraft in the inventory, and still be stealthy. And making matters worse was that they imposed a ''time limit'' of 36months to design, develop, test, and deliver the new fighter. The end result is a plane that isn't all that stealthy, carries a laughable internal payload, can't turn, can't climb, and is developing stress fractures. All of this before the first aircraft is even ''delivered'' to the US Military.
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