Peter Ivany was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1954. As Chief Executive of Hoyts Cinemas (1988–1999), Ivany grew the company to a global business with over 2,000 theatres operating in 12 countries. In 1999, he sold the business to Kerry Packer's Consolidated Press group.
Ivany is the Chairman of the Life Governors Advisory Council of the Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA), Chairman of the Sydney Swans Foundation, and Chairman of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Foundation Trust.
He has previously been involved as a board member of the Jewish Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the President's Council of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Ivany was also the Chairman of the council that governs the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In June 2018, Peter Ivany and Sharon Ivany announced a gift of one million dollars to Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) to invest in sustaining future programming.
He is currently executive chairman of his own diversified investment company, Ivany Investment Group (IIG).
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.
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- Sydney Swans Foundation
- NIDA Foundation Trust
- The Australian Film Television and Radio School's website
- Writer, Visual Arts. "$1 million gift for Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art". ArtsHub Australia. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- Ivany Investment Group
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