I discovered early in my movie work that a movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it. There are times when this distinction may be given to the writer or director. Most often it belongs to the producer.
Ben Hecht (1893–1964), U.S. journalist, author, screenwriter. "Illustrations by Doré (Gustave)," bk. 5, A Child of the Century (1954).
"The producer," Hecht explained, "is the shadow cast by the studio's owner. It falls across the entire studio product." Hecht's feelings about producers might have been influenced by what he saw as the producer's chief task: "The job of turning good writers into movie hacks. These sinister fellows were always my bosses."