“It kind of defines what the relationship is always going to be: a comedian versus the executive. A funny person with one expertise and a business person with another. If either one tells the other how to do their job, tensions surface. So, you have to figure out a way to work together or trust things. You have to have a certain pragmatic and diplomatic personalty, because if you fight with somebody, you have to remember, first of all, an executive’s job is on the line. You also have to remember that it’s not your money. If it’s your money, you can do whatever you want. But you have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and nobody wants a writer coming in to their office, or into their world, regarding them as an idiot. That’s not healthy, and some people starting out have an attitude that they’re going to war against decades of past battles. There’s always a virtue to listening, and there are intelligent people in Hollywood. You have to be a politician and a diplomat. Also, a human being.”

— Alan Spencer (via)