Julia Pimsleur Levine is the Founder and CEO of the Little Pim Corporation, which produces and distributes the Little Pim: fun with languages series to introduce young children to a second language. Her background is in filmmaking, having produced award-winning documentary films that were shown on HBO, CinemaxReelife and PBS. Pimsleur Levine was inspired to create Little Pim in part from having grown up in the language teaching business. Her father, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, created one of the most popular and acclaimed audio teaching language methods for adults, The Pimsleur Methodtm. When developing Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Methodtm, Pimsleur Levine worked with a leading neuroscientist, drew from her filmmaking and language teaching background, and her own experiences teaching her own young children French.
Little Pim has sold thousands of copies since its launch, is in Barnes and Noble nation-wide, over 600 retail outlets across the country, major e-commerce sites such as Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com and Target.com and is available in 10 languages. Little Pim has expanded its language teaching materials to include flash cards, CDs and iPhone apps, and is currently working with PBS to create the first foreign language teaching game for its subscription web site, PBS Kids Play.
Pimsleur Levine is a graduate of the French National Film School (MFA), Yale University (BA) and Harvard’s Executive Education Program. She lives in New York City with her husband Darren and their two sons, Emmett (5) and Adrian (2). She speaks fluent French, conversant Italian and a bit of German and Spanish.