[[folder:Quotes from works]]
->''So Pinky and the Brain share a new domain.\\
It's [[BitingTheHandHumor what the network wants; why bother to complain?]]''
-->-- The theme song to ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''

->''One likes to believe in the freedom of music\\
But glittering prizes and endless compromises\\
Shatter the illusion of integrity''
-->-- "The Spirit of Radio," '''Music/{{Rush}}'''

->''All we ever want is [[CreativeDifferences indecision]]\\
All we really like is [[FollowTheLeader what we know]]\\
Gotta balance style with [[StrictlyFormula adherence]]\\
Making sure we make a good appearance\\
Even if you simply have to fudge it\\
Make sure that it stays [[NoBudget within our budget]]''
-->-- The [[DarkReprise Stressed Reprise]] of "Stitching it Together (Art of the Dress)," ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

->''I am the entertainer\\
And I've come to do my show\\
You heard my latest record\\
It's been on the radio\\
It took me years to write it\\
They were the best years of my life\\
It was a beautiful song, but it ran too long\\
If you're gonna have a hit, [[ViewersAreGoldfish you gotta make it fit]]\\
So they cut it down to 3:05''
-->-- '''Music/BillyJoel''', "The Entertainer"

->''They said release "Remote Control"\\
But we didn't want it on the label\\
They said, "Fly to Amsterdam"\\
The people laughed but the press went mad''
-->-- '''Music/TheClash''', "Complete Control" [[note]]This ended up as TruthInTelevision, as the record company altered the British version of their debut SelfTitledAlbum, including "Complete Control" in the alternate version released in the U.S., completely oblivious to the fact that the song was an attack on that kind of ExecutiveMeddling.[[/note]]

->"And my managers must learn that their place is in an office. Not the arts."
-->-- '''Erik''', ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''

->"It's called "Show ''Business''," not "Show ''Art''."
-->-- '''Maggie O'Connell''', ''Series/NorthernExposure''

->''"Nothing can ruin a good idea like a roomful of men."''
-->-- '''Denise''', ''TrustMe''

->'''Guano:''' But... but you said you'd never tamper with my creative vision.\\
'''Ozu:''' (''Calmly'') I didn't tamper... (''angrily'') ''I lit it on fire -- and danced on the ashes!''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey''

->''I made him a flushed, dishevelled, bedevilled scallawag, with his helmet at the back of his head, and the living fear of death in his eye, and the blood oozing out of a cut over his ankle-bone. He wasn't pretty, but he was all soldier and very much man. [...]\\\
I did him just as well as I knew how, making allowance for the slickness of oils. Then the art-manager of that abandoned paper said that his subscribers wouldn’t like it. It was brutal and coarse and violent - man being naturally gentle when he’s fighting for his life.\\\
They wanted something [[LighterAndSofter more restful, with a little more colour]]. I could have said a good deal, but you might as well talk to a sheep as an art-manager.\\\
I took my "Last Shot" back. Behold the result! I put him into a lovely red coat without a speck on it. [[TrueArt That is Art]]. I polished his boots - observe the highlight on the toe. That is Art. I cleaned his rifle - rifles are always clean on service - because that is Art.''
-->-- '''Dick''', ''The Light that Failed'' by Creator/RudyardKipling.

[[folder:Quotes from creators]]
->''"I'm sick to death of being fucked about by men in suits sitting on their fat arses in the City!"''
-->-- '''Music/JohnLennon''', expressing his frustration over Music/TheBeatles not legally owning their own songs ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Songs long story...]])

->"''There is no idea so good it can't be ruined by a few well-placed idiots."''
-->-- '''ScottAdams'''

->''"You know, what pisses me off is that all the things I'm good at are things that everyone assumes ''they'' could do if they tried. Playing the bassoon or [[BreadEggsMilkSquick fluffing a walrus]] people respect, 'cause there's a specialist skill that goes into those. But writing? 'Pah! I learnt that in school! Fucking ''aced it!'' They made me start doing it all in joined-up letters just to give everyone else a chance! And that, Mr. Croshaw, is why I felt my background made me qualified to rewrite all the story copy you did for us to be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff more like a recent popular film.]]' Well, you know what I say to ''that'', Mr. Producer?! [[MoneyDearBoy $50 an hour, please.]] Blimey, I wonder how people with ''integrity'' get through life."''
-->--'''Creator/BenCroshaw''' on ''[[{{Videogame/Sacred}} Sacred 3]]''

->''"I would like to relay an editorial comment that I received near the end of my time writing the ''Dark Knight [[{{Comicbook/New52}} New 52]]'' series. In one scene, I had written that Batman is sitting on a rooftop during an intense conversation, close to a person who has been injured. The editorial comment: 'We're not sure you are "getting" the character because it's common knowledge that Batman [[AlwaysOnDuty never sits down]].'"''
-->--'''Paul Jenkins'''

->''"If I was one of the core ''{{Spider-Man}} writers'', I'd probably be pissed as hell if I was being flooded with long-winded memos from my editor in chief, my fellow writers, some [[EnsignNewbie overeager assistant editor kid]], a [[BotheringByTheBook continuity cop]], and "[[ProfessionalButtKisser outside]]" writers, all detailing what I should be writing in my book... If the editorial staff was not going to let the writers do the writing, or wanted to write the books themselves, with little-to-no-input from the writers, then there was no reason for the writers to be there, other than to just do exactly what they were told and collect a paycheck. And that's a lousy situation for any writer who wants to be more than just a hack."''
-->--'''Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg''' on ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga''

->''"With making a film, it's like trying to create a tune in the shower, while you have a hundred people singing around you."''
-->'''Creator/AlfonsoCuaron''' on making ''Film/{{Gravity}}''

->''"'[[{{Newspeak}} Creative Reasons]]' has been an Executive Bullshit excuse for DECADES. It IS financial. AJ is a dreamboat. And yes, I am hurt, too.''
-->-- '''[[Series/CriminalMinds Paget Brewster]]''' in a [[Website/{{Twitter}} tweet]] after finding out that her and AJ Cook's parts were being eliminated

->''"I want to thank the studio for sticking to their convictions... and firing me for sticking to mine."''
-->-- '''J. D. Shapiro''', [[MedalOfDishonor accepting a]] [[GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Award]] for ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''

->''After I turned in my next-to-last draft [for ''Film/TheCore''], the executives looked at me, very seriously, hand on knee, low subdued tones: "John, we really like this last draft, but one thing bugs us. The whole idea of the north and south pole switching places - [[RealityIsUnrealistic it's WAY over the top and unbelievable. It just reeks of bullshit.]]"\\\
Deep breath. Okay, I shrug. What did you have in mind?\\\
"Welllll, how about ... [[FrickinLaserBeams A GIANT LASER THAT SHOOTS INTO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!]]"\\\
... This, by the way, is why screenwriting pays so well. They don't pay me to write. [[DoingItForTheArt I'd write for free]]. They pay me NOT to punch people in the neck.''
-->-- '''[[http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2006/02/watch-my-other-awful-movie-adaptation.html?showComment=1141100368536#c114110036853202234 John Rogers]]'''

->''Movie executives do not lead happy lives. If you are an executive, this is your day: a scruffy man in a Hawaiian shirt walks into your office and says, "I need you to be personally responsible for giving me one hundred million dollars so I can go to Ireland and have people who pretend for a living act like they're fighting imaginary dragons."\\\
"Will I get to see the dragons first?" you ask hopefully.\\\
"Oh, no the dragons won't exist until after we're done shooting. The professional pretending people will be yelling at sticks. Occasionally, they will flee from a mop."\\\
And your job, as the exec, is to ''write him the check''. Any sane man would break.''
-->-- '''[[http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2009/12/reruns-adaptation-pt-1-2.html John Rogers]]'''

->''"What you have to remember is that in the movies there are two types of people 1) the directors, artists, actors and so on who have to do things and are often quite human and 2) the other lifeforms. Unfortunately you have to deal with the other lifeforms first. It is impossible to exaggerate their baleful stupidity."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', after a ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'' movie deal falls apart when execs ask him to "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint lose the Death angle]]"

->''"Shows work best when there is a single vision, and I work best when I can look at a show and I say, '[[EurekaMoment I get it]].' And then when 'I get it', it's really, completely clear to me and I can tell you what any character would do in any given moment--even the aberrations in character... Obviously, a different show was sold to different markets, which is why'd get different notes form the Germans and the French, and they'd be totally different shows from what (the executive producer) and I thought we were doing. And so you'd try to make adjustments. And you really [[MoodWhiplash can't be everything to everybody.]] There needs to be one clear vision of what it is, to make it work."''
-->--'''David Abramowitz''' on the (horrific) shooting of ''{{Franchise/Highlander}}: The Raven''

->'''Creator/GeneRoddenberry:''' ''(throws back script)'' We’re not doing it.\\
'''Ira Behr:''' Why?\\
Captain Picard is JohnWayne. And John Wayne is not afraid of growing old or becoming an admiral. He isn’t afraid of anything.\\
'''Ira:''' Hold on a second, Gene: I happen to be quite a fan of John Wayne, and I can show you '''tons''' of his best movies where he’s afraid, where he has doubts, where he’s conflicted--\\
'''Gene:''' No, no. That’s not the John Wayne I’m talking about. I’m talking about ''John Wayne''. That’s who Picard is. There is no problem! If they made him an admiral, he’d just go, “Fine! I’m an admiral! And that’s just the way it is and I’m not gonna worry about it. And I’ll just do it! Everything’s good!” This story will never get done.\\
'''Ira:''' Okay…\\
'''Gene:''' But I really like this pleasure planet idea! Here’s what I wanna see… [[TestosteronePoisoning We’re going to get him laid.]] And this is what I want. We’re going to get him laid and we’re going to really show this pleasure planet.
-->--'''Ira Behr''' on his reasons for leaving ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Resistance is Futile: Assimilating Star Trek''

->''"It went wrong almost immediately when [[TheOtherMarty Genevieve Bujold]] left the show. I really wanted to work with her. ...You see, they panicked because Genevieve is an actress that doesn't do the obvious thing. So it came to a head when there was a scene where she had to give the word to destroy something, and she didn't really want to do it but she had to, so the way Genevieve did it was that she was standing on the bridge looking at the view screen and she did something like ''[{{sigh}}, pained whisper]'' '[-Fire-]', and they're used to the Captains going [='=]'''''FIRE!'''''[='=] A sensitive captain? No, can't have that."''
-->--'''Robert Beltran''' on the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' premiere episode

->''"When casting ended on ''Voyager'', all the actors were invited by executive producer Rick Berman to attend [[BadNewsInAGoodWay a congratulatory luncheon]]. It was during this lunch that Berman informed us that he expected all actors portraying human roles to follow his decree. He told us that we were to underplay our human characters. He wanted our line delivery to be as military -- and subsequently devoid of emotion -- as possible, since this, in his opinion, was the only way to make the aliens look real... It is a little-known fact that during the first season, Mulgrew's Janeway had a teary eye on more than one occasion, only to be vetoed by the producers and covered up with a re-shoot. If you can allow Captain Picard to [[InelegantBlubbering bawl his eyes out]] for 10 minutes over the death of his relatives in the opening of the film ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]]'', then how on earth can you not allow Captain Janeway the chance to show some genuine emotion?"''
-->-- '''Garret Wang''' on his ''Star Trek: Voyager'' experience

->''"I spent a year of very determined effort on something I was very excited about, working very closely with Creator/StevenSpielberg and coming up with a result that I and he felt was terrific. He wanted to direct it as his next movie, and then suddenly the whole thing goes down in flames because Creator/GeorgeLucas doesn’t like the script...I said, 'You have a fantastic script. I think you’re insane, George.' You can say things like that to George, and he doesn’t even blink. He’s one of [[StubbornMule the most stubborn men]] I know."''
-->--'''Frank Darabont''' on the making of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''

[[folder:Quotes ''on'' works]]
->''"The likelihood that people will panic, go insane, and make bizarre, irrational decisions is directly proportional to the amount of money involved. If you shoot something in your backyard using a borrowed camera and your buddies, congratulations, you have [[DoingItForTheArt total creative freedom]]. But if you want a big, loud movie with whatever actors the general population wants to have sex with at the time (currently RyanGosling, JenniferLawrence, and Flo from those [[AdvertisingCampaigns Progressive Auto Insurance]] commercials), you're going to need someone else's money. And that someone else? He's got some notes ..."''
-->--'''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-reasons-why-bad-movies-are-allowed-to-happen/#ixzz35WMCk7N4 "4 Reasons Why Bad Movies Are Allowed to Happen"]]

->''"Why is ''he'' so important? Since when is bein' [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney a billionaire that owns the company making the movie]] mean you got some kinda say in it?"''
-->-- '''Creator/RedLetterMedia''' on ''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull''

->''"Come on, this is a George Lucas supervised movie, of course the dialog is shitty. It is almost [[{{Narm}} so bad its funny]] to see the [[InfoDump horribly stilted expository dialog]] being forced out of the crappy actors' mouths. And despite already knowing this movie was directed by Anthony Hemingway and not George Lucas, I think [[FreudianSlip my subconscious mind knew better]] and for the longest time, my draft had the director listed as Lucas. This movie looks and sounds so much like a Lucas film that I could seriously not tell the difference. Hemingway must have had Lucas on his back the whole production."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/red-tails-2012-anthony-hemingway/ on]] ''Film/RedTails''

->'''GeneRoddenberry:''' The ''Enterprise'' flies to the edge of the universe, blast through, and ''[[EpicMovie finds God]]''.\\
'''Executive:''' NOT BIG ENOUGH!!
-->-- '''{{Website/SFDebris}}''' on the apocryphal first draft of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''

->'''Crow:''' Okay, ''TheFinalSacrifice: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]''--\\
'''Mike:''' The name goes.\\
'''Crow:''' What?\\
'''Mike:''' Never liked the name. The name goes. It's banal.\\
'''Crow:''' But if you’re hoping to connect the series with the movie, Mike--\\
'''Mike:''' I need something like, oh, ''[[PublisherChosenTitle Night Mistress]]''.\\
'''Crow:''' '''''[[FlatWhat Night Mistress]]'''''.\\
'''Mike:''' Yeah, or ''[[NameAndName Cloochie and the Lieutenant]]'', something that’s gonna seduce people, really connect with 'em. We’ll work on that.
-->-- ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', engaging in some frightfully-accurate roleplay during the credits of ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice''

->''"All I really recalled about it was it being a pretty serious disappointment. I felt then, as I sort of do now, that the movie tried just a little too hard to be '''[[TotallyRadical kewl]]''' with a k...Maybe if ''[Rachael]'' Talalay had been given free rein to pursue that counterculture angle and Creator/JohnWaters feel, this movie wouldn’t be as [[MoodWhiplash muddled]] as it is. But, as seems to be the case with every 90s movie we watch, studio meddling made it kind of a mess."''
-->--'''Matt Wilson''' and '''Chris Sims''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-tank-girl-review/ on]] ''Film/TankGirl''

->''"Of course, [[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox's]] infinite wisdom knew that SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} could be 'improved'... His wisecracking mouth is [[NoMouth fused shut]] and he's remote controlled by Stryker because moviegoers can't get enough of characters with no personality or agency."''
-->--'''''Topless Robot''''' [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2014/03/10_worst_adaptations_of_x-men_on_film.php?page=2 on]] ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''

->''"The introduction of [[TheScrappy Adric]] as a permanent companion also not only develops the theme of change, but reveals behind-the-scenes conflicts in the programme: Creator/TomBaker, who famously argued that he didn't need a companion, is now saddled with three of them. Lalla Ward also reportedly did not get on very well with Matthew Waterhouse, viewing him not only as her replacement, but as an indication of the direction that Nathan-Turner was taking the programme, aiming it less at a family audience and more, as she put it in a ''[[DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]]'' interview (Issue 340), at [[SciFiGhetto teenage computer nerds]]. Furthermore, Nathan-Turner deliberately asked that Adric be given a more or less [[LimitedWardrobe permanent costume]], saying that this was for merchandising considerations (leading one to speculate on the potential commissioning of [[MerchandiseDriven Adric action figures]]), but this also continues the trend of keeping control over the leading characters' appearances (the fact that Waterhouse looks much better in his vampire garb than in [[WeWillNotHavePocketsInTheFuture the green-and-yellow pyjamas]] also suggests that this was done more for control than for aesthetic reasons). We thus see a growing shift in power away from Tom Baker and towards Creator/JohnNathanTurner."''
-->--'''Alan Stevens''' and '''Fiona Moore''' [[http://www.kaldorcity.com/features/articles/sod.html on]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay}} "State of Decay"]]

->''"This isn’t a show about the strange abutting of mundane and fantastic spaces anymore. It’s just a show about solving [[BodyOfTheWeek the case of the week]].. We’ve gone to a 'hook new viewers' approach that means having the show be [[FollowTheLeader a familiar and unthreatening]] part of the televisual landscape. There’s a sense that the show is being punished for its success; having done reasonably well as an odd {{BBC}} Three show, it now gets '[[KickedUpstairs promoted]]' to being a blander BBC Two show."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com TARDIS Eruditorum]]'''on ''{{Torchwood}}'' Series 2

->''"Fuck you, [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA!]] You killed ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}!'' FUCK YOU!"''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]'''

->''"Notice how [[Creator/EidosInteractive Eidos]] never actually made video games: they only bought out a lot of smaller companies that did. ...a bunch of executives who didn't know anything about video games (except that they made money) now had the final say in all matters concerning the development of ''Soul Reaver''. Sometime probably during 1998 or 1999 ''[Amy]'' Hennig and her team were told to wrap it up -- stop where they were, stick in a {{cliffhanger}} ending, and [[CashCowFranchise start figuring out a sequel]]. ''Soul Reaver'' is an unfinished game. It has neither a climax nor a conclusion. It just ''stops''."''
-->--'''[[http://socksmakepeoplesexy.net/index.php?a=sr Pat R.]]''' on ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Soul Reaver''

->"Now, in fairness, this storyline was an editorial mandate. In fact, most of these [[FaceHeelTurn turns to evil]] were editorial mandates, further proving that editors aren't writers, so they should ''stop pretending that they are''."
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''', [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/5906-top15worst Top 15 Worst Heroes Becoming Villains]]

->Ed was all about showing off the ENTIRE [[ForgottenRealms Realms]], so [=DMs=] would early on really feel what it was like to have [[HungryJungle steamy jungles]] AND [[SlippySlideyIceWorld howling glaciers]], {{pirate}}s in the tropics and [[GrimUpNorth grim northern warriors]], etc etc ad infinitum.
->Ed would have given us a Mirt doing nasty mercantile swindling in the streets and back alleys novel, a Dabron Sashenstar exploring hitherto unchartered wilderness novel, a novel [[SympatheticPOV from the point of view of elder dragons]] trying to fight off human incursions into their domains novel, a dwarves fighting internally to either promote or resist change that's being forced upon them by humans, a "what life is like down in Undermountain" novel, a "traitor amongst The Simbul's apprentices" novel, a "growing up as an enslaved, beautiful, ambitious female in Thay" novel, and so on and on.
->Yes, ALL of those were outlined in Ed's plans. Ed never intended the Realms to be a place of [[SpotlightStealingSquad signature characters]] and concentrating on the Knights or anyone else. He wanted it more like Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}}, where recurring characters can show up in any book, but each book tells a story all its own.
->Sigh. So much lost . . .
-->-- '''[[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13186&whichpage=33#296519 The Hooded One]]''', Lady Herald of [[ForgottenRealms Realmslore]].

->"A gaggle of new producers micromanaged every aspect of the show, certain they knew what worked on the network better than the original cast and creative team."
-->--'''''[[Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History]]''''', on how FX's ''Breakfast Time'' was meddled with when it moved to FOX and became ''FOX After Breakfast''

->"It's like a yearly reminder that Hasbro controls this show and will always hold back its true potential in favor of blatant corporate meddling that messes with the show on fundamental levels [[TheyJustDidntCare without caring]], leaving the staff to do the best of the situation and smile about it."
-->-- '''Anonymous''' on ''Franchise/MyLittlePony: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]''

->'''Pip:''' You deal with those types more than me; how is someone so dense granted decision making privileges at all?\\
'''Art:''' I think they give you an IQ test. If they see you cheating to pass it: You're management material.
-->-- ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=890 on the topic of]] "[[BlandNameProduct XBOTCH ONE]]"