Zack Werner

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Zack Werner
Born Isaac Werner
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation Record producer, talent manager, entertainment lawyer, musician
Notable credit(s) Canadian Idol

Isaac "Zack" Werner (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba) has had a career in the music industry as an artist, producer, entertainment lawyer and manager.[1][2] He is also president of Toronto-based Venus Management and Venus Records (distributed by EMI), where he spends his time finding and developing new talent across Canada.[3]

He attended the St. John's-Ravenscourt School. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, Werner moved to Toronto and joined local rock band The Ringing. The band, managed by Gary Pring, secured a development deal with Capitol Records.

Werner was also one of the judges on Canadian Idol.[3][4][5] 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 which became the pre-eminent entertainment law firm in Canada, counting among their clients 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, Ron Sexsmith and Sass Jordan.

During his legal career Zack presented showcases for record companies that were among the first exposure for K-OS, The Rascalz, Sarah Harmer and Finger 11 (then known as The Rainbow Butt Monkeys).

In December 2003, Werner represented Canada in the World Idol competition in London, England. Meanwhile, Venus has had much success in the last year.

Highlights included: gold recording artist esthero scoring two top five singles, including a number one hit, on Billboard's Dance Chart and touring with six-time Grammy nominee John Legend recording with Andre 3000 of Outkast and placing songs in Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Sex and The City and Miss Congeniality II; signing The Johnstones who are currently working on their first album for Venus.

Werner is a member of Canadian band Haymaker.


  1. ^ Pettibone, Steve (August 27, 2009). "Coup for ROCK 107, landing Zack Werner". The Trentonian. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Papamarko, Sofi (January 28, 2009). "Zack Werner's Windfall". E! Online. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Life after Canadian Idol for Zack Werner". 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Zack Werner - National Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  5. ^ McGinnis, Rick (December 18, 2008). "Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner on show's hiatus: 'It's the worst possible message'". Metro. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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