moving image news Interview with BP-TV's Head Steven Croston (who I have worked with many times - the interview highlights the work we did together at Sullom Voe with DoP Dave Liddel in the picture) https://www.movingimagenews.tv...
'BP’s history is the history of the 20th century. For most of that time BP-TV has been a model for how big organisations use moving images.
We caught up with Steven Croston, BP’s Head of Visual Media, to find out how his experience can help guide comms professionals.
Founded in 1909, BP is intricately entangled with the birth of the oil business in the Middle East, modern geopolitics and global economics. The company has evolved through eras of coal, oil and gas to a brand new mix of energy sources.
Its position in the history of films by brands is equally long and illustrious. Spanning corporate film making from its origin to the present day, BP runs a tightly-managed commissioning and production process and an extraordinary visual media archive.
The strategy has garnered some impressive gongs – over 100 professional awards and counting, including an Oscar and seven BAFTAs. What makes BP-TV tick?
Getting Performance in Perspective
Steven Croston has been the leading light of BP-TV for over twenty years. He started in a student job for BP Retail in Manchester, rising to global Head of Visual Media today.
Having cut his teeth on training CD-ROMs for BP Marine in the 1990s, Croston moved into group communications in London in 2001. Influenced by his early experiences with CD-ROMs, he instigated a move from dry quarterly results announcements to sharper communication using a range of multimedia formats.
Performance in Perspective, Croston’s quarterly presenter-led journalistic programme produced by World Television, saw viewing figures of over 55,000 per episode at its peak. The staff-facing show set new standards in results reporting for internal comms and remained the backbone for a decade, focusing on analysing BP’s financial performance and strategy.
Croston’s next idea, BP In Vision, focused on the people, personalities and places that make BP. The combination of Performance in Perspective and BP In Vision meant visual communication across BP’s global business was strong and well-regarded.
Managing brand video – at scale
Throughout the early 2000s, BP was one of the biggest brand commissioners of moving image and all production was outsourced. This could lead to haphazard use of brand assets, unnecessary spend on disparate suppliers, a failure to buy out rights, and non-existent archiving. Croston took steps to establish global standards for BP video and film, still enforced today.
In 2006 he kicked off the ten-year project to preserve, restore, digitise and archive the films BP had amassed. “I was shocked at the condition but amazed at the quality of the 20,000 pieces of archive film and video in every conceivable film and video format,” he explains. And so began BP’s latest relationship with film at the cutting edge of brand moving image, culminating in the fully digital BP Video Library, now headed by Ben Mayfield.
For BP, the archive is a living thing, enabling the company to use film consistently and with a sense of responsibility. Click the Sullom Voe film below to see an example.' BP Sullom Voe film