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Presented by Worldstars ™

WCOPA welcomes your 20th Anniversary Judges:

Anita Mann 

With six Emmy nominations, an Emmy Award and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top contemporary choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include Solid Gold, The Great Muppet Caper, The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards and The Emmy’s.

James Charles 

You’ve seen him as an industry expert on America’s Next Top Model! Having been with some of the top agencies in the world including LA Models, Photogenics, Mr. Charles currently is headquartered at the famed Wilhelmina Agency. His enviable record of over 10 years in personally scouting and developing models involve shooting for prestigious campaigns such as Prada and Calvin Klein, and scores of magazines in Milan, New York, London, and Paris.

Harriet Greenspan 

A world-renowned casting director with numerous credits including Paramount and ABC Family’s Mean Girls 2/ Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo, The Case of Lake Monster, The Mystery Begins/ Warner Brothers Mr. Troop Mom / Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous/ NBC’s Sunset Beach/ and is the on set acting coach for London’s Nickelodeon series House of Anubis.

Crista Klayman 

With LA Models and considered the number 1 runway agent in America, Crista has developed and marketed top models to such exclusive clients as Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vitton to name a few. Currently he hosts her own radio show, The Real Runway with Crista Klayman.

Jeff Weber 

Jeff is President of “Weberworks Music,” his groundbreaking independent music label. Having produced over 180 CDs, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations, seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors. And he is the producer of the album for WCOPA alums, Alessandro Danello (2015 Instrumentalist multimedalist and Troy Laureta (1998 multimedalist, and now renowned recording arranger, keyboardist and conductor).

Jennifer Tomiko Kohatsu 

Jennifer is the National Sales Director of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. All of us look forward to having next year’s WCOPA 2017 hosted in Long Beach, California – often cited as “Hollywood at the Beach!”

Keith Naisbitt 

Senior agent for the Agency for the Performing Arts, Keith is considered one of the most knowledgeable agents for international engagements. He has represented artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Paul Anka, Culture Club, Bee Gees, Journey, Engelbert Humperdinck and many others.

Ria Martens 

Ria is currently the Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s famed Zumanity Show in Las Vegas. As a well-known instructor for international dance festivals, she transitioned to become Cirque’s Artistic Coordinator for the North American, Asian-European Tours for several years before becoming the Artistic Director for various, very successful Cirque shows in Vegas.

Christian Patterson 

At age 16, this Australian won the 2004 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World title. In addition to appearing in over 30 TV commercials and several movies, Christian toured the USA in Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium, toured Europe in West Side Story and considers a highlight of his life a special performance for the Queen of England.


Previous WCOPA Judges have inlcuded:


Brooks, a famous Calvin Klein model, starred on Alan Ball’s HBO hit TV series True Blood. He is a SAG ensemble award winner and Image Award nominee for his performance as Alfred Woodard’s son on ABC’s smash series Desperate Housewives. 


These partners, in addition to their careers as successful feature film screenwriters, are in their 17th year as writers/producers of numerous television series – most notably, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Cybill. Both currently are the Co-Executive Producers of ABC television’s mega-hit, Desperate Housewives. 



With six Emmy nominations, two Emmy Awards and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards, The Emmy’s. 


One of the world’s most successful music composers. NSAI Songwriter of the Year, 40 BMI and 11 Billboard #1 awards, three-time Grammy nominee, Emmy nominee for five television compositions, nine #1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits. His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams and countless others. He currently has two projects making their way to Broadway.

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