Derek Allan
Managing Director, Producer / Senior Sound Supervisor

Derek is a founding partner and our Managing Director. Keen to be involved in projects at the pre-production stage, Derek can assist you with resource allocation, budgets and the management of your post project from pre-production through to delivery.

He is also a sound designer, sound mixer and music supervisor, with hundreds of production credits in television, advertising, corporate and online projects. Derek is your ‘go to guy’ for a sound mix that will make your pictures look even better.

Derek completed a Graduate Diploma in Business (Screen) at AFTRS in 2014.



David Chapman
Composer and Music Supervisor

David Chapman is an accomplished composer, programmer and musician who played and composed songs for various Sydney bands until forming Zig Zag Lane with partner Derek Allan. David's strength is the ability to compose across a range of genres and his CV is testament to this, with credits in documentary, factual, drama, children's television, trailers and short films.
David worked with Iva Davies in the band Icehouse, and co-arranged and performed two seasons of the Sydney Dance Company's highly successful production of "Berlin".

David has won numerous awards including the APRA/AGSC Television Theme of the Year Award for 'Enough Rope with Andrew Denton' and the Johnny Dennis Music Award among many nominations.





David McCarthy
Producer / Senior Engineer

David commenced his career as a sound engineer with BBC Radio in London where he worked in a range of program formats including live broadcasting and music recording sessions. On his return to Australia, he worked variously in local radio and live music production before landing a job as a producer with SBS Radio.

David joined Zig Zag Lane in 1997 where he has recorded, edited and mixed material for countless productions in any sector that required audio production. In recent years he has established himself as a talented television program mixer with credits on numerous high-profile productions, including “Teenage Boss” for McAvoy Media on ABC-TV (2018); “Miracle Hospital (series 2)” for The Feds on National Geographic (2018); and “Coast Australia (series 4)” for Great Southern on Foxtel and BBC (2019)