TPTB

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TPTB stands for The Powers That Be. TPTB are the individuals, companies, and networks responsible for the production of a given canon product such as a television series or film. They are typically the producers, the writing staff, network executives - whomever makes the major decisions behind how a series may progress and what will happen to the characters.[1]

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Historical Definitions

The following definition dates to February 1999 on cmshaw's Fan Glossary as specific to media fandom:

TPTB, n. Acronym for The Powers That Be. The writers/directors of the original show. Often regarded much in the way that X-Files agents regard Deep Throat and Mr. X, or, if a more classical analogy is preferred, in the way Doctor Faust must have regarded Mephistopheles.[2]

The following definition dates to October 2003:

TPTB: The Powers That Be. People who actually run tv shows/make moves/write books/make money/have lives. [3]

The following definition is from the Star Trek fandom. It dates from August 2004:

TPTB = "The Powers That Be" - the people/companies that control the canon material (and who will most likely sue your socks off if you infringe their copyright). [4]

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