Liked Klosterman's obervations in Grantland, that if records labels were good for anything, it was to spare us from well-intentioned, bad ideas (like Lulu).
Development execs take a lot of flak in Hollywood -- and sometime for good reason. As a general professional class, they're self-important, often of average intelligence or below, and usually smarmy.
But I know a few whip-smart development execs at production companies and studios who have spared all of us some truly unwatchable films.
For every piece of dreck that hits the screen, there are at least three projects that get buried because a judicious D-Boy or D-Girl takes a script home for a weekend -- a third draft of a project set up with their boss -- then looks at the available cast and directors' lists and says, "Not gonna happen."