They had a pitch meeting with a very big entertainment conglomerate which went something like this:
Creator: We have this great idea. It's a show with funny animals.
Conglomerate: Uh. We don't do that. What else have you got.
Creator: Uhh. [pulling something out of his hat] We've got this show about a shy teenaged girl whose PDA makes a cool outgoing version of her.
Conglomerate: Interesting. Get us a script and designs.
It was a "tween" idea, we trusted the writers and they trusted us to come up with the right design.
As I've mentioned before, we've always wanted to work with Maurice Vellekoop, he's like a sexier, gayer, less Scientologist Beck so this teen girl project was truly a perfect fit.
We set to work on the design. And really, I don't mean to brag, but it was perfect. Everything about it was 100% right.
Enter "The Legal Department". They wanted to pay us less than CTW would have paid in 1995 for significantly less work and "own" the resulting work. I pointed out that their rate was far below market value, but we'd accept it as long as we could negotiate other terms (right of refusal on production, ownership of original art, etc.).
Their response: "We don't negotiate."
Flabbergasted, I said, "You're a contract attorney -your job description begins with the word 'negotiate' followed by 'contracts'".