Winnipeg native Zack Werner has enjoyed a varied and extensive career in the music industry as an artist, producer, entertainment lawyer and manager.
Werner is President of Toronto-based Venus Management and Venus Records (distributed by EMI), where he spends his time finding and developing new talent across Canada. The company provides personal management for artists including esthero (Warners), Robin Black and the Intergalactic Rockstars (Venus/EMI), Skye Sweetnam (Venus/Capitol), Patricia O'Callaghan (Marquis/EMI), Tara Slone (Venus/EMI) and James Robertson (EMI Music Publishing).
"Zack is intelligent and mercurial – just when you think he's going to zig, he zags," said Canadian Idol Executive Producer John Brunton. "He's our wild card. I love his passion - he's a natural-born killer."
With a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, Werner put the "law" on hold upon moving to Toronto and joined local rock band "The Ringing." Managed by Gary Pring (Glass Tiger), the group worked in the studio with producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and secured a development deal with Capitol Records.
Werner formed the group Thick As Thieves and relocated to Los Angeles. The group opened for Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam and negotiated a distribution deal through BMG. When the band broke up Werner returned to Toronto and signed a development deal with MCA as a solo-artist and worked with producer John Punter (The Spoons, Japan).
Putting his legal training to use, Werner practiced entertainment law with the firm of Sanderson,Taylor - the pre-eminent entertainment law firm in Canada, counting among their clients worldwide superstars such as Sum 41,Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado. He soon built a strong reputation for finding, showcasing and representing new talent across Canada. His clients included The Philosopher Kings, Chris Smith Management, Sky, One, Ron Sexsmith and Sass Jordan.
Werner is currently busy with the launch his new PR company, Smoke and Mirrors Promotions. As well he is looking forward to the imminent release of albums by esthero, Patricia O'Callaghan and Skye Sweetnam. Sweetnam, who is currently on tour with Britney Spears across North America, also appears in the new Nicklodeon series Radio Free Roscoe.