Ivany has had a long involvement in the film industry. As chief executive of Hoyts Cinemas (1988–1999), Ivany grew the company from a small cinema chain of 40 theatres in Australia to a global business with over 2,000 theatres operating in 12 countries. Ivany is an active supporter of the arts and charities. Among the many positions he holds, Ivany is appeal chairman of the Jewish Communal Appeal, Chairman of the Sydney Australian Football Foundation and Board Member of the Jewish Film Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the President's Council of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Ivany was chairman of the council that governs the Australian Film, Television and Radio School – a statutory authority of the Federal Government of Australia. He is executive chairman of his own diversified investment company, Ivany Investment Group.
On Australia Day 2007 Peter was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of fundraising, Jewish, arts and sporting organisations, to medical research and public health, and to business education.
- Bowen, Jonathan L. (2005-04-08). Anticipation: The Real Life Story of Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace. iUniverse. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-595-34732-2. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- The Australian Film Television and Radio School's website
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