Analysis / Executive Meddling

Entertainment Executives, as the main article mentions, have a very bad reputation, for many, many reasons. Most commonly, the public usually doesn't hear about positive examples, because Troubled Productions breed a need to shift the blame, and it's hard to shift the blame away from yourself if you're the man in charge. But, even so, they'd have a bad reputation for these additional reasons:

  1. Politics. See the scenario described at Screwed by the Network, and now imagine it writ large across the entire company.
  2. Stupidity. Because it's hard to find people who are good at both creative enterprises and financial affairsnote , the frequent result is somebody who doesn't understand what they're in charge of, sometimes leading to unreasonable demands or severe misunderstandings.
  3. The Need to Play it Safe. The thing is, as the cost of a production goes up, the need to turn a profit becomes more and more acute; this leads to a need to go for Mass Appeal, which in turn can lead to many a bad decision. Further, the number of people involved shoots up, which can lead to various problems associated with committees.
  4. The Need To Do Something. Sometimes, an executive feels the need to prove to himself or his superiors that he's actually contributing, and so insists on changes to the result. This frequently leads to equivalents of the Censor Decoy.