[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]

->''"We were pitching a story. Again, I won’t mention any names.[[note]]UPN/CBS Chairman Les Moonves.[[/note]] But we’re dealing with one of the highest ranking people at this network. We’re explaining how we’re writing an episode where there’s a fire out on the hull and the guys have to get into space suits and go out on the hull of the ship and they go across the hull and put the fire out and one of them… [[BlahBlahBlah da da da da da…]] And there’s like five of ’em sitting around a table, they’re all nodding and going “that’s great.” And this one person in question -- one of the highest, if not ''the'' highest, ranking person person in the room -- said, “I just have one question: [[PointyHairedBoss what’s a hull?]]”"''
-->-- '''Rick Berman''' on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', ''In Conversation''

->''"''Film/{{Watchmen}}''’s opening was amazing. It would have been great if it only hadn't received the Creator/ZackSnyder Treatment."''
-->-- '''Sawyer Wallace'''



->''"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:Live-Action TV]]

->'''Crow''': Okay, ''Film/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''

->''"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''', ''Series/TrustMe''



->''[='=]Z' is for zoo\\
That's where I belong\\
'Cause my life is like a prison\\
With the music industry looking on''
-->--'''Johnny Massacre''', "Ultrasound"

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

->''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]]

->''To those who understand, I extend my hand\\
To the doubtful, I demand: Take me as I am\\
Not under your command; I know where I stand\\
I won't change to fit your plan; take me as I am''
-->-- '''Music/DreamTheater''', refrain to "As I Am"



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


[[folder:Web Animation]]

->''"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 fluffing a walrus people respect, 'cause there's a specialist skill 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 production made me qualified to [[ExecutiveMeddling rewrite all the story copy]] you did for us to be more like a recent popular film." "Well, you know what I say to that, Mr. Producer? [[EveryManHasHisPrice Fifty dollars an hour, please!]]" [[MoneyDearBoy Blimey, I wonder how people with integrity get through Life.]]

->'''Yahtzee''': Turns out a big chunk of this "online-multiplayer"-focused game is a single-player campaign. '''Oh, {{Creator/Nintendo}}, you poor sod!''' Someone suggested making an online shooter and was smart enough not to stand on [[BoardToDeath the trapdoor to the piranha tank]], so you had to reach a compromise, but you ''just couldn't fight'' the old instincts!\\
'''Nintendo exec''': *cries aloud as [[EvilHand his hand refuses to shake]] the dev's*
-->--''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation' on ''{{VideoGame/Splatoon}}''


[[folder:Web Comics]]

->'''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]]"


[[folder:Web Original]]

->''"Having lived in Los Angeles for nearly three months, I can assure you that [[http://joshreads.com/images/14/11/i141124spidey.jpg panel two’s]] depiction of a Hollywood producer is 100% accurate."''

->''"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 Creator/RyanGosling, Creator/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"]]

->''"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''

->''"With ''For the Love of Money'', a decidedly more chipper-sounding Harry announces, after the [[{{Retool}} re-tooled]] opening credit sequence that he's on assignment in Los Angeles (the once doleful theme has been jazzed up to tell us it's "[[LighterAndSofter exciting]]" now). He rents a swank beachside apartment in Santa Monica where he's immediately befriended by [[WorldOfBuxom three bikini-clad girls]] … so it's time for Harry to gradually ditch the bus (his car had [[ImprobablyCoolCar a miraculous recovery]]), and to gradually ease off on the narration, and to gradually start carrying a gun and gradually [[CowboyCop slugging it out with the perps]], with nary a mention of the bullet in his back (in the old episodes, a simple shove from a suspect was enough to [[HollywoodHealing put out Harry's lights]]). Harry casually mentions that his beloved beach bungalow back in Dago has been bulldozed and that Santa Monica is now home plate (uh…a California disability check [[FriendsRentControl buys a beachfront cottage in Santa Monica?]]), and the girls come and go, and increasingly indestructible, [[BoringInvincibleHero increasingly unremarkable]] Harry's adventures become more thoroughly routine with each passing episode."''
-->--'''[[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/57347/harry-o-the-complete-first-season/ Paul Mavis]]''' on ''Harry O.''

->''"Hang on one cotton-picking minute…isn’t season three of TNG when Micheal Piller joined the show? And suddenly its [[GrowingTheBeard really rather good!]] In exactly the same way when he left ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' it turned shite! Maybe, just maybe there is a trend here."''
-->--'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/tng-season-three.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''

->''"“Future Guy” is very much an outside force trying to distort the narrative, trying to edit the show from the inside. What exactly “Future Guy” is trying to do [[VaguenessIsComing is a mystery]] -- it’s always the way with [[WriterOnBoard network notes.]]"''
-->-- '''Darren Mooney''' on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', "Broken Bow"

->''"There’s a sense that the show is being punished for its success; having done reasonably well as an odd [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Three]] show, it now gets '[[KickedUpstairs promoted]]' to being a blander BBC Two show."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.philipsandifer.com TARDIS Eruditorum]]'''on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' Series 2

->'"Left to his own devices, he can be a pretty decent announcer. Unfortunately, that headset he gets fed his lines through is one of Wrestling/VinceMcMahon’s devices."''
-->--'''''Website/{{Wrestlecrap}}''''' [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-vince-mcmahon-and-the-brass-rings-2014-gooker-award-co-winner/ on]] Wrestling/MichaelCole


[[folder:Web Video]]

->''"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?"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia''' on ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''

->'''Jay''': It's nothing but an endless series of compromises. And that's with complete control! We just don't have any money!\\
'''Max''': Imagine the compromises are somebody taking away the monster, and bringing it ''back'', [[OscarBait and now it has AIDS.]]
-->--''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'', "A Conversation With Creator/MaxLandis"

->''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 they are''!''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRwB-C_hXqY Top 15 Worst Heroes Becoming Villains]]'', referring to the evil [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Cassandra Cain]] storyline


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->''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''

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

->''Chocolate grain\\
If you have diabetes, stay away\\
Chocolate grain\\
[[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope It's something that our lawyers made us say]]''
-->-- "Chocolate Grain", ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

->'''Milhouse''': Mr. Moore, will you sign my DVD copy of ''[[SpinOffBabies Watchmen Babies]]''? Which of your babies is your favorite?\\
'''Creator/AlanMoore''': You see what the bloody corporations do?! They take your ideas and suck them! Suck them like leeches until they've got every last drop of the marrow from your bones!
-->-- ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E7HusbandsAndKnives Husbands and Knives]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->''"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."''
-->-- '''Creator/ScottAdams'''

->''"I would like to relay an editorial comment that I received near the end of my time writing the ''Dark Knight Comicbook/New52'' 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."''
-->--'''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}}''

->''"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 [[TalkToTheFist punch people in the neck.]]"''
-->-- '''[[http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2006/02/watch-my-other-awful-movie-adaptation.html?showComment=1141100368536#c114110036853202234 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) [[AndTheRest 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]]"

->''"I said, 'You have a fantastic script. I think you’re insane, George.' You can say things like that to George, and [[CheshireCatGrin he doesn’t even blink.]] He’s one of [[TooCleverByHalf the most stubborn]] men I know."''
-->--'''Frank Darabont''' on the making of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''

->'''Janet Fielding''': If you're doing science-fiction you're supposed to be talking about the things that are gonna shape us and shape our future; you know, what does technology mean for the interaction between humans beings what happens to social structures, and all those kinds of things. And yet, there you are, really, doing [[TwoDecadesBehind the most conservative interpretation of television and storytelling]] at the time. It's an irony.\\
'''Creator/PeterDavison''': I was thinking of applying for the job at the {{Creator/BBC}} the next time it came up just so I can go in and [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt tell 'em what I really think.]]\\
'''Fielding''': I think that you'll find that other people who have done that haven't ''necessarily'' done well.\\
'''Davison''': "You make rubbish!"
-->--''Series/DoctorWho'', [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance}} "Snakedance"]] audio commentary

->''"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?\\
'''Gene''': Captain Picard is Creator/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''': [[KnowNothingKnowItAll 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 leaving ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Resistance Is Futile: Assimilating Star Trek''

->''"'[[{{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

->''"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''

->''"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]].

->''"I would like to hear more of the consummate melodic master, but I feel that big business and his record company have had a corrupting influence on his material. The rock and pop thing certainly draws a wider audience. It happens more and more these days, that unqualified people with executive positions try to tell musicians what is good and what is bad music."''
-->--- '''Music/BillEvans''' on Music/MilesDavis