TV producer Jill Littman opens Songs for Seeds in Wayne
Also working on “Weird but True!”
WAYNE >> Professionally, Jill Littman wears two hats.
The Malvern mom and career television producer has opened a new business, Songs for Seeds, that offers an updated “Mommy and Me” music experience with a three-piece band for babies and young children, newborn to 6 years old, said owner Jill Littman. The program is for dads and caretakers, as well, Littman is quick to add.
Each 45-minute class includes a “rockin’ fun guitar player, keyboard player and drummer,” she said. The kids play children’s instruments, real drums, guitars, keyboards and also instruments from around the world. Classes are held at Club LaMaison Health & Fitness in Wayne. In addition to original music, the Songs for Seeds classes feature colors, numbers, letter sounds and music from countries around the world.
“I’m completely untalented musically myself but my stepdaughter and son are very talented,” said Littman. Her stepdaughter, Gina Castanzo, 19, now a freshman at James Madison University, performed on “The Voice” last year, taking a gap year after high school to compete under the stage name Gina Zo. And her son, Tyler DeTulleo, 14, plays keyboard and sometimes fills in at Songs for Seeds, she said. Both kids helped her with auditions for the musicians, Littman said. Her closest childhood friend, Allison Schlanger, who she met at summer camp, founded Apple Seeds and Songs for Seeds in New York and suggested the franchise opportunity to Littman. Littman opened it in April and now has about 40 young pupils taking the lessons in four classes each week (www.songsforseeds.com/ pa/wayne).
Wearing her other hat, Littman, 46, also produces “Weird but True!” a television show for kids that runs at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays on Fox in the Philadelphia area. That program will also air on National Geographic
Wild, she said.
“I’m a producer by trade,” said Littman, who co-produced “Restaurant: Impossible” on the Food Network and “The Duggars” for TLC. She’s working with Steve Rotfeld Productions in Bryn Mawr on “Weird but True!”
“Jill has a can-do attitude and is a real creative spirit,” said Rotfeld. “She also happens to be a natural with kids, and it shows in her work. She’s been a great addition to our Nat Geo Kids’ ‘Weird But True’ series.”
They’ve filmed in several area locations, such as Hershey Park, Great Adventure, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and the Monell Chemical Senses Center, said Littman.
“Each episode is a different science topic,” said Littman. “I’ve been learning stuff.” She’s also thrilled that the show is of interest to Tyler and her younger son, 12-year-old Cameron DeTulleo, and to her husband, Paul Castanzo, a biology teacher at Pottstown High School. She’s also stepmom to Alex Castanzo, 24.
Littman, who grew up in Lafayette Hill, studied communications at the University of Delaware.
“I think I got lucky,” said Littman, when asked about how she became a television producer. “I feel like I fell into it.” Ironically, the first thing she produced was a music video with Banyan Productions.
“I just loved it,” said Littman. “And I kept getting jobs. I love it so much. I feel like I’m good at it and I get to do it all the time.”
Kat Stein, front left, Keely Sibilia, front right, Eric Sherman, back left, Jill Littman, back middle, and Joey DeNoble, back left. Jill Littman with Songs for Seeds band.