MAGIC BEYOND WORDS aired on Lifetime Television
Starring Poppy Montgomery


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“Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story” dramatizes the British author’s struggle to bring the beloved wizard fantasy of Harry Potter to life. Starting out as a single mother on welfare, she becomes one of the world’s wealthiest women, with more than 400 million copies of her visionary books sold across the globe, resulting in a billion-dollar film franchise. The film is an inspiring look at a woman’s rise to become one of the most influential writers ever — from her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager to the devastating loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon in her early twenties. The rags-to-riches tale also follows Rowling’s tumultuous first marriage, becoming a mother, her divorce and the dark days of living on government assistance while publisher after publisher passed on her first novel ... before it became an international best-seller and established Rowling’s rightful place in literary and cultural history.



Canadian Screen Awards, CA
Won, Canadian Screen Award
Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie
Karine MartinPaul A. KaufmanRonald Gilbert , Jean-François Doray

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Paul A. Kaufman

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Poppy Montgomery

Nominated, Canadian Screen Award
Best Original Music Score for a Program
Jeff Toyne


Canadian Cinema Editors Awards
Nominated, Canadian Cinema Editors Award
Best Editing in Television Movie or Mini-Series
Lisa Binkley


Directors Guild of Canada
Nominated, DGC Craft Award
Direction - Television Movie/Mini-Series
Paul A. Kaufman

Nominated, DGC Team Award
Television Movie/Mini-Series
Sarah Patricia Hansen (trainee assistant director)Kirk Renard (assistant location manager)Kelly McKeigan (production assistant)Evan Chan (location scout)Chad Bretschneider (production assistant)Christian Bruyère (production manager)David S. Fullerton (location manager)Paul A. Kaufman (director)Paula S. Kyan (3rd assistant director)Michael Bendner (background coordinato)Paul Etherington (1st assistant director)Lesley DeHaan (background coordinator)Tim Moshansky (locations)Riley Walsh (2nd assistant director)


Leo Awards
Nominated, Leo
Best Direction in a Feature Length Drama
Paul A. Kaufman

Won, Leo
Best Production Design in a Feature Length Drama
Paul Joyal (production designer) Commotion Pictures (production company)

Nominated, Leo
Best Feature Length Drama
Paul A. Kaufman

Nominated, Leo
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Drama
Mathias Herndl

Nominated, Leo
Best Picture Editing in a Feature Length Drama
Lisa Binkley


Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
Won, Golden Reel Award
Best Sound Editing - Long Form Music in Television
Michael T. Ryan (supervising music editor)


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