Executive with wide experience in the TV and film industries who has held important positions with CBS, NBC and Columbia Pictures and who has run a successful independent TV production company since the mid-1980s. Moving into the entertainment industry via executive positions in newspaper publishing and his own media promotion firm, Sohmer supervised NBC's primetime specials, daytime programs, children's programs and "The Tonight Show" from 1982 to 1985. At one point during his tenure, NBC produced 15 of the top 30 primetime specials aired during the regular TV season.
Moving to Columbia, Sohmer oversaw such successful productions as "Stand by Me", "Roxanne" and "Hope and Glory". Since then he has free-lanced, handling adaptations of his own published work as a novelist as well as such specials as "The 43rd Annual Emmy Awards".