Hummingbird Productions
Hummingbird Productions

We are reliable
but not predictable.

We have been in business for 40+ years,
with offices, over time, in Nashville, NYC, Chicago and Detroit.

Hummingbird Productions was established in 1976. We began as a music production company and eventually became one of the longest standing advertising production companies in the world. Hummingbird has composed or arranged literally thousands of commercials including such well known ad songs as “Always Coca-Cola”, Wrigley’s “Double Your Refreshment” and "I Wish I Were an Oscar Meyer Wiener". In the new millennium Hummingbird, having been involved for many year in the film industry, seeing the need to better fuse film and music into "FUSIC" as a process, we evolved into Film Production.

With numerous Clio awards, including the Clio Hall of Fame “Budweiser Frogs”, our composers have also written original music for virtually every type of music medium.

Eventually, we realized that we have been on the same page with certain directors for so long we decided to join together and give a label to what we had been doing all along: FUSIC (the perfect blend of film and music).

Since that time, Hummingbird has engaged heavily in the film industry, both in the commercials world and in feature film. We are presently in varying stages of development on a number of films, including the sequel to the classic film It's a Wonderful Life.

1974

Bob Farnsworth and Michael Hudson come to Nashville and secure a record deal with ABC Records in TWO WEEKS.

1975

Hudson-Farnsworth album “From Night to Day” is released with ABC records. “The next Simon and Garfunkel.” But at release date, Disco became the rage. “Our album started kind of slow, but tapered off from there!”

1976

Bob Farnsworth starts Hummingbird Productions, opening a bank account with borrowed $30 dollars.

1979

Hummingbird’s first McDonalds spot. We did 23 that year!

1980

Opens Chicago Office

1982

Recorded and released John Lennon tribute and listed by Billboard. Mixed at Abbey Roads Studio in London.

1983

Hummingbird Productions builds the country’s first glass window Sound Studio. Mix Magazines quotes, “Perhaps State of Mind is more important than absolute State of the Art.

1985

Opens the Hummingbird Productions offices in New York

1986

Hummingbird Productions buys building at the top of Music Row.

1986

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood commercials series.

1987

Hummingbird Productions Chicago office

1987

Hummingbird's First IMAX film score, “Philadelphia Anthem” wins Paris Film Festival Award.

1991

First time to win two Clio awards in one year -- one from our Dodge Trucks series of ads and one for Florentine Restaurants

1994

The Coca-Cola Always Coke series of commercials, using various name artists.

1996

Budweiser Frogs inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame and continues to be one of the top ten ads of all time.

2001

Scientist Russel Sherwood and Hummingbird development of ”3D sound” presented at the 2005 AAF National convention

2010

CEO/Creative Director Bob Farnsworth is featured guest and Special Subject Matter Expert on the TODAY Show.

2014

TEDx talk in Colorado entitled “Hearing is Believing”

2018

China invitation to Hummingbird to speak at the China Music cities selection advisory for their own “Music City."

Our Manifesto

We believe

in SCHEDULES.

A schedule is a promise that we will do what we say we will do.

We believe

in budgets.

We partner in watching your bottom line by coming in not only on time but on or under budget.

We believe

in people.

People wither under discouragement and arrogance and flourish under encouragement.

We believe

the idea is king.

Great production with a weak idea still yields a poor result.

We believe

in kindness.

Kindness doesn't cost a nickel. Be kind in business and it produces a wealth of benefits.

Awards

Four Clios,  Cannes Lion,  Paris Film Festival, numerous Tellys and innumerable (in the hundreds) regional and local Addy and other awards throughout our history dating from 1976. The Budweiser Frogs spot is now in the Clio Hall of Fame (and is taught in Film Classes around the world).

2018

Spanish version "Holiday Second Chance" won 1st Place NASPL’s Multicultural Advertising
English version "Holiday Second Chance" was a finalist in NASPL’s Special Category Use of Humor (TV)

2017

Spanish version "Holiday Second Chance" won 1st Place NASPL’s Multicultural Advertising
English version "Holiday Second Chance" was a finalist in NASPL’s Special Category Use of Humor (TV)

2016

Spanish version "Holiday Second Chance" won 1st Place NASPL’s Multicultural Advertising
English version "Holiday Second Chance" was a finalist in NASPL’s Special Category Use of Humor (TV)

FOR OVER 40 YEARS, WE'VE HELPED BUSINESSES LIKE YOURS - FROM THE SMALLEST TO THE LARGEST:

Audi
Wrigley
Chef Boyardee
Gillette
Dodge
U.S. Army
Kellogg's
Chrysller
Ford
Chevrolet
Tylenol
Mazda
McDonald's
Pizza Hut
Applebee's
Dunkin' Donuts
Converse
Pepsi
Tampax
Arby's
Culver's
Good Year
Oscar Meyer
sears
Budweiser
Quiznos Sub
Chick-fil-A
Corona Extra
Coca-Cola
Honda

FAQs

Why a Hummingbird?

Hummingbirds are small and  humble yet powerful, fast, beautiful, hardworking, and can change directions in mid-flight.

What is “Fusic”?

Fusic is the fusion of film and music. Interfacing picture and sound should start from the very beginning of any audio visual project.

What if I want to make changes or revisions?

90% of all projects is in the planning and only 10% is in the execution. — and effectiveness is emphasized through discovery and planning.

And, you can make as many revisions as you want within the timeline.

How do I determine my budget?

Your investment depends on the complexity of the shoot and product visibility. Considerations include:
* Equipment – cameras,  lenses,
* Lighting, which helps set the mood and capture the
     most effective images
* Art and set designs
* Location(s) – the cost and number of each
* Talent – on screen and off
* Musicians – which and how many
We possess the creativity to help you meet your budget.

I’d like to work with Hummingbird Productions. What do I need to do?

Great! That’s wonderful.

Please begin by filling out our introduction form. We look forward to meeting you and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible to determine if we’re a good fit for your project.

Would your project be a good fit?