Hi! I'm pretty sure most of us on the Animation Lounge have fond memories of 'Batman: The Animated Series'.
For your next coffee break, I came upon this wonderful telling about how it came to be:
A very insightful read to see how a truly creator-driven process favors original, and in this case even groundbreaking, work.
I understand Bruce Timm and his crew really have to thank then president of Warner Bros. Animation Jean MacCurdy for giving them the freedom to stick to their vision.
Jean MacCurdy left Warner Bros. in 2001 and seems to be less active now production-wise, but from her record ('The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo', 'Pinky & The Brain', 'Tiny Toons Adventures'...) you can tell she was into quality storytelling, no matter the genre.
'Batman: The Animated Series' - show bible & writer's bible