Who we are

Glassbreaker Films is an initiative launched by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to support women to be leaders in nonfiction filmmaking by funding films that tell great stories and inspire audiences. Through a multi-level funding strategy, Glassbreaker Films supports a filmmaker at different stages in her career. Funds are allocated for innovative nonfiction digital projects from early career filmmakers through Catalyst Grants, and production funds of documentary shorts and features are produced through our Women in Docs program. Glassbreaker Films prioritizes documentary shorts, however we do consider feature length documentaries that fit within the funding limits.


Our Founder and Funders:

Helen Gurley Brown was a glassbreaker in her own right as well as a best-selling author and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for decades. Her husband, David Brown, was a renowned filmmaker and producer responsible for such well known films as Driving Miss Daisy, The Verdict and Jaws. At Glassbreaker Films we celebrate Helen’s and David’s spirit of innovation and independence, and their commitment to transformative storytelling.


OUR funding streams


Our team



Board Member, HGB Foundation

Kim is senior vice president/editorial & brand director of Hearst Magazines International, a unit of Hearst, overseeing the brand direction of the company’s nearly 250 global editions for powerful brands including Cosmopolitan, the largest young women's media brand in the world, Harper's BAZAAR, Esquire and Good Housekeeping, among others. For more than 35 years, Bodden has worked across six continents and countless countries to launch and guide Hearst’s international editions, implementing the most innovative and effective ways to connect teams and share ideas, best practices and content across geographies and platforms. Bodden’s role is part of a core team at Hearst responsible for growing the global Hearst audience, evolving global businesses and creating a culture of content sharing across the international network. Bodden is a member of various women’s organizations and has been inducted as an honoree into Women Leaders, a distinguished network of nearly 3,000 women recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to their companies, institutions and communities.




Board Member, HGB Foundation

Eve is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 global businesses. She is a member of the Hearst Board of Directors and has been one of Hearst’s leaders in establishing worldwide strategic enterprise deals with partners. Additionally, she is a member of Hearst’s Venture Committee which funds digital initiatives and is a leader of HearstLab, which fosters innovation and investment in early stage businesses led by women. Burton sits on the board of directors of Intuit, Inc., and prior to that was on the board of directors of AOL board until its recent sale to Verizon. She is a member of the advisory board of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford and Columbia Universities. The Hearst Office of General Counsel was awarded a lifetime First Amendment Award from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2016. She and her team have also been recognized by the National Press Club and the New York Press Club. Burton has won the Fulbright Award for her international work. She was also named an Outstanding Woman of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers’ Association.




Board Member, HGB Foundation

Roger is the Chief Investment Officer for the Hearst Corporation and Hearst Foundations. In his role, he manages the Hearst Corporation’s pension assets and those of The Hearst Foundations and related entities, which combined, exceed $4 billion. The Foundations are operated independently of Hearst Corporation. Recently, Roger was named to Chief Investment Officer’s Power 100 list of the most influential people at pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance funds and sovereign wealth funds worldwide. Previously, Mr. Paschke served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of OIL Group of Companies in Hamilton, Bermuda from 1997 to 2006, where he was responsible for the Company’s approximately $5 billion in assets under management, including its corporate and pension investments, capital initiatives, credit ratings for the company’s insurance entities and related debt issuances.


Advisory Board

The Foundation will appoint an advisory board that will change over time to assist the Foundation in evaluating and choosing the best works submitted. All final decisions on grants will be made by the Foundation directors.


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