In the aftermath of alleged "creative differences" between Bill Cosby and departed Columbia Pics pres David Puttnam, ads for Cos' Christmas film, "Leonard Part VI," will carry an unusual credit: "Executive producer for Mr. Cosby: Steve Sohmer."
Sohmer, who has a non-exclusive producer's contract with Columbia, is now developing the next Cosby film--for Warner Bros.--and was out of the country at press time. But his secretary said: "We can't comment unless Columbia publicity gives us the go-ahead."
A Columbia spokesman would only offer, "The credit was definitely negotiated between Sohmer, Cosby and the studio."
Through his press agent, Cosby responded: "The credit might be an ego thing or it might be a result of a feud with Puttnam. Or it might not. Have fun with it and sell papers."