This paper explores the role of inter-organisational networks in the creative industries. We seek to ascertain the importance of inter-organisational networks in supporting innovation and internationalisation and thus their influence on organisational sustainability. We focus on the influence of existing and new institutions on creative enterprises, with particular attention paid to internationalisation, sustainability and creative product. Within the creative industries, we focus on documentary films, which are characterised by large numbers of small independent producers heavily reliant on individual and inter-organisational networks. Our data and analysis include network analysis and case studies, with 396 films produced in Australia studied. Our paper introduces some preliminary findings, with preliminary discussion and conclusions.