Family business helps Kiwis tell their Story of a Lifetime

Auckland couple, Mark and Nicola Sleeman are helping New Zealanders tell their life story through the filming and producing of broadcast quality interviews. Aptly named ‘Story of a Lifetime’, these digital heirlooms are allowing families to capture personal memories, historical information and the essense of their loved ones.

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As parents themselves, Mark and Nicola know the importance of passing down family stories.  

“We set up Magnolia Productions to give every New Zealander the opportunity to be interviewed, because we believe all families have something very precious to give to their children  – their story”, says Mark. 

“Like all families, we experience the passing of loved ones in our lives. And with that comes a loss of our own family history”, says Nicola. “Family photos capture moments in time but they don't always capture the memory. How great would it be to hear the story from behind the photo, from the person themselves?” 

These are the stories that Magnolia Productions capture on film for families.

Having worked in broadcasting for 25 years, Mark has edited, filmed and produced for One News, Holmes, 20/20 and TVNZ’s flagship current affairs show Sunday.  “I’ve spent my career producing stories for the New Zealand audience and it’s been a privilege to be a part of their lives” says Mark. “Now, I can offer the same for families too”.

Magnolia Productions works closely with families, providing the tools to create a relaxed recorded interview.  It’s family interviewing family, in the comfort of their own home, over a cup of tea.  Once back in the edit suite, they produce a moving in depth interview.  From childhood memories, travel, finding love, and how it was in the good ol’ days!  All this presented on a commemorative USB for the family to cherish and share with generations to come.


To find out more, or to book in to tell your Story of a Lifetime, head to or give the team a call on 09 622 1105.