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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

         This Employment Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement")
is entered into by and between HOLLYWOOD MEDIA CORP. (hereinafter referred to as
the "Company") and JERROLD A. WISH (hereinafter referred to as the "Executive").

         1. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Agreement is effective February 25, 2002 (the
"Effective Date"), and will terminate without further notice at 5:00 p.m. on
February 26, 2004 (the "Term").

         2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The Company hereby employs Executive as
Senior Vice President and General Counsel with such powers and duties in that
capacity as may be established from time to time by the Company in its
reasonable discretion. Executive will devote his entire business time, attention
and energies to the business of the Company and its affiliates as necessary to
fulfill such duties. The Company shall provide such offices, equipment, supplies
and staff as are customary and reasonably necessary for Executive to perform
such duties. The Company shall pay (or reimburse Executive) for all necessary
and reasonable travel-related expenses incurred by Executive in the performance
of Executive's duties hereunder. All such expenses shall be in accordance with
any reasonable guidelines established by the Company from time-to-time.

         3. COMPENSATION.

                  a. BASE SALARY. The Company will pay Executive an annualized
base salary of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000), less applicable
deductions, payable in installments according to the Company's normal payroll

                  b. ANNUAL BONUS. In addition to his base salary, Executive
shall be paid an annual bonus (the "Bonus") during each year of the Term in an
amount determined by the Board of Directors or a committee thereof, which shall
be paid in Company stock or cash at the discretion of the Board of Directors or
such committee; provided, that Executive shall be entitled to receive a Bonus of
at least Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) during each year of the Term.


                  c. STOCK OPTIONS. On the Effective Date of this Agreement,
Executive will be granted options (the "Options") excercisable for an aggregate
of thirty-five thousand (35,000) shares of the Company's Common Stock under the
Company's 1993 Stock Option Plan as in effect on the Effective Date of this
Agreement or any other stock option or incentive plan adopted by the Company
(the "Option Plan"). The Options shall have an exercise price equal to the Fair
Market Value (as defined in the Option Plan) of the Company's Common Stock on
the date of grant. All of the Options with an exercise price equal to the Fair
Market Value of the Common Stock shall be Incentive Stock Options (as defined in
the Option Plan). The Options shall vest as to twenty-five percent (25%) of the
underlying shares of Common Stock on the first anniversary of the Effective Date
and twenty-five percent (25%) on each subsequent anniversary of the Effective
Date. The Options shall expire 10 years after the date of grant.

                  In addition to the Options, on the first anniversary of the
Effective Date, Executive will be awarded additional options under the Option
Plan exercisable for a number of shares of the Company's Common Stock
(collectively, the "Additional Options") determined by the Board of Directors or
a committee thereof; provided, that Executive will be awarded options to
purchase at least thirty-five thousand (35,000) shares of Common Stock on such
anniversary date. The Additional Options shall have such terms as are determined
by the Board of Directors; provided, that the exercise price thereof shall be no
higher than the Fair Market Value of the Company's Common Stock on the date of
grant, and the vesting schedule and expiration date of the Additional Options
shall be no less favorable to Executive than the terms of the initial Options.

                  d. OTHER BENEFITS. Executive will be entitled to participate
in any group health, life, disability, pension or other employee benefit plan
and is entitled to any other benefits that the Company may maintain from time to
time for similarly situated executives, provided that Executive meets the
respective eligibility requirements; and provided further that the Company will
at all times make available to Executive Company's group health insurance at the
Company's expense. Executive will be entitled to twenty (20) business days paid
vacation in each calendar year during the Term (with not more than ten business
days of vacation taken consecutively), which shall not accrue from year to year.

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      Company                                                     Executive


         4. PERFORMANCE REVIEW. The Company shall provide Executive with an
interim review and evaluation of his performance at the anniversary date of this
Agreement. Executive shall be responsible for taking action to initiate the
performance review.

Executive's death, this Agreement and Executive's salary and compensation shall
automatically end, and the Company shall promptly pay to Executive's legal
representative any unpaid base salary accrued through the date of his death, as
well as a lump sum payment equal to the share of Bonus to which he would have
been entitled prorated based on the percentage of the current fiscal year that
had been completed on the date of his death. If during the Term hereof,
Executive suffers a disability (as defined below), the Company shall continue to
pay Executive the compensation provided for in Section 3 hereof during the
period of his disability; provided, however, that in the event Executive is
disabled for a period of more than 120 days in any 12 month period, the Company
may, at its election, terminate this Agreement. As used in this Agreement, the
term "disability" shall mean the complete inability of Executive to perform his
abilities under this Agreement as determined by an independent physician
selected with the approval of the Company and the Executive.

         6. TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY FOR CAUSE. The Company may terminate this
Agreement and Executive's employment "for cause" at any time by delivery of
written notice to Executive specifying the basis for termination. As used
herein, "for cause" shall only mean any one of the following:

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      Company                                                     Executive


                  A.       Any act or omission of the Executive which
                           constitutes a willful and material breach of this
                           Agreement which is not cured or as to which diligent
                           attempts to cure have not been commenced within 30
                           business days after receipt by Executive from Company
                           of notice of same;

                  B.       Fraud, embezzlement or misappropriation as against
                           the Company or any of its affiliates; or

                  C.       The conviction (from which no appeal can be taken) of
                           Executive of any criminal act which is a felony.

         In the event the Company terminates Executive's employment for cause,
it shall pay to Executive any unpaid base salary accrued through the date of
termination specified in the notice, and otherwise, Executive's salary and other
compensation described in Section 3 of this Agreement shall automatically
terminate and be forfeited by Executive (except for vested stock options, which
shall be governed by the Option Plan and the applicable grant agreement).

may terminate this Agreement and Executive's employment without cause at any
time upon thirty (30) days' prior written notice to Executive. The Company will
pay to Executive on the date of termination without cause a lump sum cash
payment, less taxes and other applicable withholding amounts, in an amount equal
to the aggregate amount of base salary that Executive would have received for
the remaining Term of this Agreement. Executive shall also automatically vest,
on the date on which he receives notice of termination, in one hundred percent
(100%) of the unvested underlying shares of Common Stock subject to the initial
Options, and to the extent awarded, the Additional Options.

         8. TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT BY EXECUTIVE. Executive may terminate this
Agreement and his employment with the Company without cause upon thirty (30)
days' prior written notice to the Company. In such a case, Executive may be
required to perform his business duties and will be paid his regular salary up
to the date of the termination. At the option of the Company, the Company may
require Executive to depart from the Company on the date the Company receives
thirty (30) days' notice from Executive of the termination of this Agreement, in
which case any compensation or benefits described in Section 3 of this Agreement
shall automatically terminate and be forfeited by Executive (except for vested
stock options).

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      Company                                                     Executive


         9. COOPERATION. Upon the termination of this Agreement for any reason,
Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company in effecting a smooth transition
of the management of the Company with respect to the duties and responsibilities
which Executive performed for the Company. After termination of this Agreement,
Executive will, upon reasonable notice, furnish such information and proper
assistance to the Company as it may reasonably require in connection with any
litigation to which the Company is or may become party.

INFORMATION. During the term of this Agreement and forever thereafter, Executive
promises and agrees that he will not disclose or utilize any trade secrets,
confidential information, or other proprietary information acquired during the
course of his service with the Company and/or any related business entities. As
used herein, "trade secret" and "confidential information" mean the whole or any
portion or phase of any formula, pattern, device, combination of devices, or
compilation of information which is for use, or is used, in the operation of the
Company's business and which provides the Company an advantage, or an
opportunity to obtain an advantage, over those who do not know or use it. "Trade
secret" and "confidential information" also include any scientific, technical,
or commercial information, including any design, list of suppliers, list of
customers, or improvement thereof, as well as pricing information or
methodology, contractual arrangements with vendors or suppliers, business
development plans or activities, or financial information regarding the Company.
Executive's obligations under this Section shall survive the termination of this

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      Company                                                     Executive


the employ of the Company for any reason, Executive promises and agrees that,
during the six-month period following his departure from the Company, he will
not, without the express written permission of the Company, directly or
indirectly employ as a consultant or employee any person who is employed as a
consultant or employee of the Company at the time of Executive's departure.

         12. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. In recognition of the unique services to be
performed by Executive and the possibility that any violation by Executive of
Section 10 or Section 11 of this Agreement may cause irreparable or
indeterminate damage or injury to the Company, Executive expressly stipulates
and agrees that the Company shall be entitled, upon ten (10) days written notice
to Executive, to obtain an injunction from any court of competent jurisdiction,
restraining any violation or threatened violation of this Agreement. Such right
to an injunction shall be in addition to, and not in limitation of, any other
rights or remedies the Company may have for damages or liquidated damages.

         13. JUDICIAL MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT. The Company and Executive
specifically agree that a court of competent jurisdiction (or an arbitrator, as
appropriate) may modify or amend Section 10 or Section 11 of this Agreement if
absolutely necessary to conform with relevant law or binding judicial decisions
in effect at the time the Company seeks to enforce any or all of said

         14. RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES BY ARBITRATION. Any claim or controversy
that arises out of or relates to this Agreement, or the breach of it, will be
resolved by arbitration in the County of Palm Beach, Florida in accordance with
the rules then obtaining of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon
the award rendered may be entered in any court possessing jurisdiction over
arbitration awards. This Section shall not limit or restrict the Company's right
to obtain injunctive relief for violations of Section 10 or Section 11 of this
Agreement directly from a court under Section 12 of this Agreement. Both parties
shall bear their own costs and attorney's fees incurred in any lawsuit or
arbitration arising under this Agreement, and in no circumstances shall either
party be entitled to trial by jury of any issues arising under or relating to
this Agreement.

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      Company                                                     Executive


         15. ADEQUATE CONSIDERATION. Executive expressly agrees that the Company
has provided adequate, reasonable consideration for the obligations imposed upon
him in this Agreement.

         16. EFFECT OF PRIOR AGREEMENTS. This Agreement supersedes any prior
agreement or understanding between the Company and Executive.

         17. LIMITED EFFECT OF WAIVER BY COMPANY. If the Company waives a breach
of any provision of this Agreement by Executive, that waiver will not operate or
be construed as a waiver of later breaches by Executive.

         18. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid
for any reason, the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in effect,
insofar as is consistent with law.

Except as herein otherwise provided, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit
of and shall be binding upon the parties hereto, their personal representatives,
successors, heirs and assigns. Executive may not assign his rights and
obligations under this Agreement.

         20. RENEWAL. On each twelve (12) month anniversary of the Effective
Date, the expiration date of the Term of this Agreement shall automatically be
extended for an additional period of one (1) year (such that there shall again
be two (2) years remaining in the Term), upon the same terms and conditions as
described herein, unless either party notifies the other party in writing at
least six (6) months prior to the next anniversary of the Effective Date that it
desires for this Agreement to expire at the end of the then existing Term; in
which event the Term shall not be extended and shall expire on the natural end
of the then existing Term.

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      Company                                                     Executive


         21. APPLICABLE LAW. Executive and the Company agree that this Agreement
shall be subject to, and enforceable under, the laws of the State of Florida.

is the entire Agreement of the Company and Executive. Executive agrees that no
other promises or commitments have been made to Executive. This Agreement may be
altered by the parties only by a written agreement signed by the party against
whom enforcement of any waiver, change, modification, extension, or discharge is

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      Company                                                     Executive


         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Employment Agreement
as of _____________, 2002.

HOLLYWOOD MEDIA CORP.                               JERROLD A. WISH

By: /s/  Mitchell Rubenstein                        /s/  Jerrold A. Wish
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    Mitchell Rubenstein                             Jerrold A. Wish
    Chief Executive Officer