Transatlantic Films was founded in 1968 by Revel Guest and her American lawyer husband, Robert Albert. She was one of a small group of experienced and innovative documentary filmmakers in Britain who pioneered the development of an independent film making industry in the UK.
Under her leadership she gathered together a team of young talented film makers and was able to convince the BBC and ITV that independent film companies could make important films for broadcast on their channels. Prior to that time, almost all films were made in-house.
Since its creation 47 years ago, Transatlantic has produced over one hundred and fifty films and series, working in co-production with the BBC, Channel 4 and other major U.K. broadcasters, as well as with leading TV networks in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, A&E, Group W, Metromedia, PBS, ABC, TVNZ, TF1, La Cinquieme, NDR, etc.
Transatlantic Films has been a family oriented company. Revel and Rob's son Justin, and daughter, Corisande, are key members of the team and the current Directors.
Transatlantic Films was also the production arm of Covent Garden Pioneer FSP, - a joint venture between the Royal Opera House and the Japanese electronic company, Pioneer – which produced fifteen full length opera and ballet productions in co-production with the BBC, Channel 4 and NHK.