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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

         AGREEMENT, dated as of August 8, 2000, by and between INTERNET PICTURES
CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, having an office address at 1009 Commerce
Park Drive, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 ("iPIX" or the "Company") and the
individual named in Schedule 1 hereto, residing at the address listed in
Schedule 1 (hereinafter referred to as the "Executive").

                              W I T N E S S E T H:

         WHEREAS, the Company desires to hire and retain the Executive as an
executive to perform certain services for the Company.

         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained
herein and on the attached Schedule, and for other good and valuable
consideration the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Company and the
Executive hereby agree as follows:


         (a)      The Company hereby employs the Executive in the capacity and
for the position set forth on Schedule 1 attached hereto. Executive hereby
accepts such employment with the Company upon the terms and conditions
hereinafter set forth.



         (a)      Executive shall perform such duties as are usually performed
by an Executive with the position set forth in Schedule 1 of a business similar
in size and scope as the Company and such other reasonable additional duties as
may be prescribed from time to time by the Company which are reasonable and
consistent with the Company's operations, taking into account Executive's
expertise and job responsibilities. During the term of this Agreement, Executive
agrees to devote his full time and attention to the business and affairs of the
Company to the extent necessary to discharge the responsibilities assigned to
Executive and to use reasonable efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently
such responsibilities. The Executive will use Executive's best efforts to
promote the interests of the Company.

         (b)      During this Agreement, it shall not be a violation of this
Agreement for Executive to (i) serve on corporate, civic or charitable boards or
committees; (ii) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or teach at
educational institutions; or (iii) manage personal investments or companies in
which personal investments are made so long as such activities do not
significantly interfere with the performance of Executive's responsibilities
with the Company and which companies are not in direct competition with the
Company. Any income incurred by Executive outside the scope of his employment
and permitted pursuant to the provisions hereof, shall inure to the benefit of
Executive, and the Company shall not claim any entitlement thereto; provided,
however, that any income derived by Executive related to the business of the
Company, including, without limitation, cash or equity compensation for serving
on boards of directors of companies in which the Company has a significant
investment, shall be paid over to the Company as and when received.

         (c)      During the term of this Agreement, the Company shall furnish,
at Executive's principal place of employment, an office, furnishings, secretary
and such other facilities commensurate and suitable to his position and adequate
for the performance of his duties hereunder.

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3.       TERM.

         (a)      Term of Employment. The term of this Agreement (the "Term")
shall commence effective as of the date hereof (the "Commencement Date"), and
shall continue until December 31, 2001, unless (i) extended by the mutual
agreement of the Company and the Executive or (ii) extended or terminated as
hereinafter provided.

         (b)      Termination of Employment by the Company for Cause. The
Company may terminate Executive's employment if such termination is for "Cause"
(as defined herein) and Cause is not cured by Executive within any available
cure period provided below. Such notice must set forth in reasonable detail the
facts underlying the claim of Cause. For the purposes of this Agreement, "Cause"
shall be defined as any of the following, which act or omission is in bad faith
by Executive without a reasonable belief that such act or omission would benefit
the Company:

                  (i)      a default or breach by Executive of any of the
         provisions of this Agreement materially detrimental to the Company
         which is not cured within 15 days following written notice thereof;

                  (ii)     actions by Executive constituting fraud, embezzlement
         or dishonesty which result in a conviction of a criminal offense not
         yet overturned on appeal;

                  (iii)    actions by Executive in intentionally furnishing
         materially false, misleading, or omissive information to the Company's
         Board of Directors that is materially detrimental to the Company;

                  (iv)     actions constituting a breach of the Section 8 of
         this Agreement which is materially detrimental to the Company;

                  (v)      acts or omissions which constitute willful failure to
         follow reasonable and lawful directives of the Board or the CEO, which
         are consistent with Executive's job responsibilities and performance
         which is not cured within 15 days following written notice thereof.

Upon termination for Cause, Executive shall immediately cease to have any power
of his position, but shall nevertheless be given a reasonable opportunity to
access his office with the Company for the purpose of retrieving his personal
goods and files. If any conviction pursuant to Section 3(b) above is overturned
on appeal, Executive will be deemed to have been terminated without Cause as of
the effective date of his earlier termination.

         (c)      Termination Without Cause. The Company has the right to
terminate this Agreement without Cause upon written notice, subject to payment
by the Company of the Severance Compensation described in Section 4(c) herein.
In such event, Executive shall cease to have any power of his office as of the
effective date of the termination specified in such written notice.

         (d)      Termination by Executive for Good Reason. Executive may
terminate this Agreement for "Good Reason", which is defined as any of the

                  (i)      The assignment to the Executive by the Company of
         duties inconsistent with the Executive's duties as defined in Schedule
         I of this Employment Agreement, any change to the Executive's title, or
         any material change in his duties or responsibilities without his prior
         written consent, except in connection with the termination of the
         Executive's employment (1) for Cause, (2) if the Executive becomes
         Disabled (as defined herein), (3) as a result of the Executive's death
         or (4) by the Executive other than for Good Reason;

                  (ii)     A reduction by the Company in the Executive's Base
         Compensation as is defined by this Employment Agreement or as the same
         may be increased from time to time during the term of this Employment

                  (iii)    The failure of the Company to obtain the specific,
         written assumption of this Employment Agreement by any successor or
         assign of the Company or any person acquiring substantially all of the
         Company's assets;

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                  (iv)     Any material breach by the Company of this Employment
         Agreement; or

                  (v)      The Company relocates its principal place of business
         to a location more than 50 miles from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Upon such termination, Executive shall be entitled to the Severance Compensation
described in Section 4(c) herein.

         (e)      Termination by Executive Without Good Reason. Executive may
terminate this Agreement without Good Reason upon 30 days' written notice. Upon
the termination date specified in such written notice (which date shall be not
more than 30 days following the date of such notice) Executive shall cease to
have any power of his office.

         (f)      Automatic Extension. This Agreement shall be automatically
extended for successive one-year periods at the end of the initial term and each
extended term thereafter, unless either party provides written notice of
termination to the other party at least three months prior to the expiration of
the initial or such extended term, respectively. In the event the Company
terminates this Agreement or fails to renew this Agreement or does not permit
the automatic extension to occur at the end of any term hereof, Executive shall
be entitled to receive his Severance Compensation under Section 4(c) hereof.


         (a)      Base Salary.

                  (i)      The Executive shall receive a base salary as set
         forth on Schedule I attached hereto.

                  (ii)     Each January, the Board of Directors of the Company
         shall review Executive's performance, and the Board of Directors may in
         its sole discretion elect to increase the salary then paid to Executive
         above the amount set forth on Schedule I, however, there shall be
         absolutely no obligation to do so.

         (b)      Bonus Compensation.

                  The Executive shall be eligible to participate in such bonus
program, option program or other form of equity participation as the Company may
adopt or have in effect from time to time in a manner and capacity commensurate
with his position and duties.

         (c)      Severance Compensation.

                  (i)      When Due. Executive shall be entitled to the
         Severance Compensation as calculated below, which is to be paid within
         30 days after the event giving rise to the payout in the event that
         Executive's employment is terminated for any of the following reasons
         herein: (A) termination by the Company without cause pursuant to
         Section 3(c); (B) termination by Executive in connection with a Change
         of Control as such term is defined in the Company's 2000 Equity
         Incentive Plan; (C) termination by the Executive pursuant to Section
         3(d); (D) termination by the Company pursuant to Section 3(f); or (E)
         termination by the Company pursuant to Section 7(a).

                  (ii)     Amount. The Severance Compensation shall be an amount
         equal to one year's salary in effect at the time of termination. In
         addition to the Severance Compensation, Executive shall be entitled to
         the following:

                           (A) The amount and value of his entire plan account
                  and interest under any investment plan or stock ownership plan
                  and all employer contributions made or payable to any such
                  plan for his account prior to the end of the month in which
                  termination of employment occurs, shall be deemed vested and
                  payable to him. Such payment or distribution shall be in
                  accordance with written directions made by the Executive;

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                           (B) All stock options, stock appreciation rights,
                  restricted stock and other incentive compensation granted to
                  the Executive by the Company shall become immediately vested;

                           (C) The Executive shall be entitled to continued
                  participation in all medical, dental, hospitalization and life
                  insurance coverage and in other employee benefit plans or
                  programs in which he was participating on the date of the
                  termination of his employment for a period of 12 months
                  following the Termination Date; provided that if the Executive
                  is precluded from continuing his participation in any employee
                  benefit plan or program as provided in this subsection of this
                  Employment Agreement, he shall be provided with the after-tax
                  economic equivalent of the benefits provided under the plan or
                  program in which he is unable to participate for the period
                  specified in this clause, with the economic equivalent of any
                  benefit foregone deemed to be the lowest cost that would be
                  incurred by the Executive in obtaining such benefit himself on
                  an individual basis, and payment of such after-tax economic
                  equivalent shall be made quarterly in advance.

The Severance Compensation herein shall be deemed liquidated damages resulting
from the Company's termination of this Agreement and shall be Executive's sole
and exclusive remedy for any such termination. Severance Compensation shall not
be diminished or offset by reason of any earnings by Executive subsequent to the
date of termination.

5.       BENEFITS.

         (a)      Executive shall be entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks paid
vacation during each 12-month period during the term of this Agreement. In
addition, Executive shall be entitled to paid time off for the same holidays as
other employees of the Company as established by the Board. In the event of
termination of employment of Executive, for any reason, the Company shall pay
the Executive the value of accrued vacation time, if any.

         (b)      Executive shall be entitled to participate (in a manner and
capacity commensurate with his position and duties), subject to eligibility and
other terms generally established by the Board, in any employee benefit plan
(including but not limited to life insurance plans, stock option plans, group
hospitalization, health, dental care (which health insurance shall also cover
Executive's dependents), profit sharing and pension, bonus and other benefit
plans), as may be adopted or amended by the Company from time to time.

         (c)      The Company shall pay the premium on a life insurance policy
on the life of Executive in the initial face amount of $750,000 during the term
hereof. Executive shall have the right to designate the beneficiaries of such
policies. The Company shall pay timely all premiums on such life insurance, and
on demand provide Executive due proof of such payment. The insurance companies
issuing such policies shall be authorized to give Executive, upon his request,
any information regarding the status of any such policy. Any dividend declared
upon such policy shall be applied to the premium.

         (d)      Executive shall receive any such additional benefits that any
other executive officer may receive during the term of this Agreement at the
reasonable discretion of the Board.

         (e)      The Company shall pay all costs associated with maintenance of
Executive's license to practice law, including all expenses relating to
continuing education requirements, local, state and national bar association
dues and the annual Tennessee Professional Tax.

6.       EXPENSES.

         The Company shall reimburse the Executive against appropriate vouchers
or other receipts for business expenses reasonably incurred by Executive in the
performance of Executive's duties pursuant to the terms hereof. Executive is
authorized to incur reasonable traveling and other expenses in connection with
the Company's business and in performance of his duties under this Agreement.
When engaging in business related air travel, the executive

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shall comply with the Company's travel policy, as in effect from time to time.
Executive shall submit vouchers and shall be reimbursed by the Company in
accordance with the Company's policy, as in effect from time to time.

7.       DISABILITY.

         (a)      In the event of the death of the Executive during the Term,
the Executive's employment hereunder shall automatically terminate. In the event
that Executive shall become mentally or physically Disabled (as hereinafter
defined) so as to be unable to fully perform his duties herein, Executive shall
continue to receive his monthly salary for each of the first nine months or any
part thereof of any continuous Disability, less any amounts received by him
under any disability insurance paid for by the Company. If upon the expiration
of nine months of continuous Disability, Executive remains incapacitated
(hereinafter, "Permanent Disability"), the Company shall have the right to
immediately terminate this Agreement. Such "Permanent Disability" shall be
established by a written certification submitted by a medical doctor agreed to
by the Executive and the Company. In the absence of agreement, the Company and
the Executive shall each nominate a qualified medical doctor and these two
doctors shall select a third qualified medical doctor, which third doctor shall
make the determination as to total disability. After the termination of these
time periods, Executive will receive disability insurance proceeds for the term
of such disability.

         (b)      The Executive shall be entitled to participate (in a manner
and capacity commensurate with his position and duties), subject to eligibility
and other terms generally established by the Company, in any long and short-term
disability insurance plan as may be adopted or amended by the Company from time
to time.

         (c)      Disability for the purposes of this Agreement shall mean that
the Executive is judged disabled pursuant to the Company's long term disability


         During the Term and for a period of two years thereafter, except if the
Company breaches its obligations to pay the Severance Compensation pursuant to
Section 4(c) hereof:

         (a)      Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, enter into or
participate (whether as owner, partner, shareholder, officer, director,
salesman, consultant, employee, principal or in any other relationship or
capacity) in any business operating or providing services in the United States
or any foreign country in which the Company does business which is competitive
with the business of the Company (a "Competing Entity").

         (b)      Company and Executive understand and agree that the scope and
duration of the covenants contained in this Section 8 are reasonable both in
time and geographical area and are fairly necessary to protect the Company's
legitimate business interests. Such covenants shall survive the termination of
Executive's employment except as otherwise provided herein. The parties further
agree that such covenants shall be regarded as divisible and shall be operative
as to time and geographical area to the extent that they may be made so and, if
any part of such covenants is declared invalid or unenforceable, the validity
and enforceability of the remainder shall not be affected. Executive hereby
warrants to Company that Executive's compliance with each of the restrictive
covenants set forth in this Agreement will not, upon the termination, of
Executive's employment with the Company for any reason whatsoever, cause
Executive to be unable to earn a living that is suitable and acceptable to

         (c)      Executive understands and agrees that, due to the highly
competitive nature of the Company's industry, the breach of any covenants set
out in this Section 8 will cause irreparable injury to the Company for which it
will have no adequate remedy at law. Therefore, the Company shall be entitled,
in addition to such other remedies as it may have hereunder, to a temporary
restraining order and to preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in state or
federal court for any breach or threatened breach of Section 8. Nothing herein,
however, shall be construed as prohibiting the Company from pursuing any other
remedies available to it for such breach or threatened breach, including the
recovery of damages from Executive,

         (d)      Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the
Company, directly or indirectly, (i) solicit, request, cause or induce any
person who is at the time, or 12 months prior thereto had been, an employee of
or a consultant of the Company to leave the employ of or terminate such person's
relationship with the Company

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or (ii) employ, hire, engage or be associated with, or endeavor to entice away
from the Company any such person, or any customer of the Company or its
affiliates or (iii) attempt to limit or interfere with any business agreement or
relationship existing between the Company and/or its affiliates with a third

         (e)      Executive shall not disparage the business reputation of the
Company (or its management team) or take any actions that are harmful to the
Company's goodwill with its customers, content providers, bandwidth or other
network infrastructure providers, vendors, employees, the media or the public.
Executive recognizes that such actions would cause irreparable harm for which
there is no adequate remedy at law and that the Company may seek in state or
federal court, and is entitled to a temporary restraining order and to
preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in state or federal court to stop
any such conduct or statements for any breach or threatened breach of this
Section 8(e) during the term of this Agreement and for a period of two years

         (f)      The Company spends considerable amounts of time, money and
effort in developing and maintaining good will in its industry. Executive agrees
the covenants contained within this Section 8: (i) are reasonable and necessary
in all respects to protect the goodwill, trade secrets, confidential
information, and business interests of Company; (ii) are not oppressive to
Executive; and (iii) do not impose any greater restraint on Executive than is
reasonably necessary to protect the goodwill, trade secrets, confidential
information and legitimate business interests of Company.

         (g)      Executive acknowledges and agrees that promises made by the
Company in this Agreement such as (i) the establishment of a term of employment
(rather than employment at will) and (ii) the commitment to provide severance
compensation in the event of the termination of Executive's employment for
reasons other than Cause (subject to certain requirements on the part of
Executive), constitute one form of consideration for Executive's agreement to
and compliance with the restrictive covenants in this Agreement. Executive
acknowledges and agrees that Company's agreement to provide Executive with
access to Company's confidential and proprietary information is a separate form
of consideration supporting the restrictive covenants in this Agreement.
Executive acknowledges and agrees that the Company's agreement to permit the use
of the Company's goodwill with the Company's customers, investors and content
providers is a separate form of consideration supporting the restrictive
covenants in this Agreement. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the
Company's commitment to providing Executive with unique skill development and
training is a separate form of consideration supporting the restrictive
covenants in this Agreement.

9.       REMEDIES.

         (a)      If Executive commits a breach, or threatens to commit a
breach, of any of the provisions of Section 8, the Company shall have the right
and remedy:

                  (i)      to have the provisions of this Agreement specifically
         enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction or through arbitration
         as provided herein; and

                  (ii)     to require Executive to account for and to pay over
the Company all damages suffered by the Company (including consequential and
incidental damages) as the result of any transactions constituting a breach of
any of the provisions of Section 8, and Executive hereby agrees to account for
and pay over such damages to the Company;

         (b)      The Executive acknowledges that the services being rendered
hereunder to the Company are of a special, unique and extraordinary character
and that any such breach or threatened breach may cause substantial and
irreparable injury to the Company and that money damages will not provide an
adequate remedy to the Company. In any equitable proceeding to enforce the
provisions hereof, the Company shall not have to prove irreparable harm.
(However, in a suit for damages, the Company shall be required to prove the
amount of damages actually sustained.)

         (c)      Each of the rights and remedies enumerated in Section 9(a)
shall be independent of the other, and shall be severally enforceable, and such
rights and remedies shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of any other rights
and remedies available to the Company under law or equity.

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         (d)      If any provision of Section 8 is held to be unenforceable
because of the scope, duration or area of its applicability, the court making
such determination shall have the power to modify such scope, duration, or area,
or all of them, and such provision or provisions shall then be enforceable in
such modified form.

10.      NOTICE.

         Any notice required hereunder shall (a) be delivered by hand or (b)
sent by registered or certified mail addressed to the other party hereto at its
address set forth above for Company and on Item 1 of the Schedule for Executive
or at such other address as notice thereof shall have been given in accordance
with the provisions of this Section 10. Any such notice shall become effective
(i) if mailed, on the date indicated on the receipt or if not accepted, the date
indicated that delivery was attempted, and (ii) in the case of delivery by hand,
upon delivery or attempted delivery as shown on the records of the deliveries.


         This Agreement supersedes any prior agreements or understandings, oral
or written, between the parties hereto and represents their entire understanding
and agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement can be
amended, supplemented or changed, and any provision hereof can be waived, only
by written instrument making specific reference to this Agreement which is
executed by both parties to this Agreement. Any waiver of any breach of this
Agreement shall not be construed to be a continuing waiver or consent to any
subsequent breach by any party hereto.


         In the event of the invalidity or unenforceability of any one or more
provisions of this Agreement, such illegality or unenforceability shall not
affect the validity or enforceability of the other provisions hereof and such
other provisions shall be deemed to remain in full force and effect.


         This Agreement is not assignable by Executive or the Company without
the prior written consent of the other party. This Agreement shall be binding
upon and shall inure to the benefit of the Executive and the Company and their
successors and assigns. It is agreed that in the event of the termination under
this Agreement for any reason, except as expressly provided in this Agreement,
all salary and benefits shall cease as of the date of termination provided that
all accrued salary, bonus and expenses shall be paid to Executive or Executive's
successors, assigns, estate or legal representative as the case may be.


         The Section headings contained in this Agreement are for reference
purposes only and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of
this Agreement.


         This Agreement shall be construed and governed in accordance with the
laws of the State of Tennessee. The parties hereto agree that any actions or
proceedings instituted to enforce rights hereunder shall be initiated in Knox
County, Tennessee.


         This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of
which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which together shall
constitute one and the same instruments.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
executed on the day and year first above written.

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                                                INTERNET PICTURES CORPORATION

                                                By:      /James M. Phillips/
                                                Name:    James M. Phillips
                                                Title:   Chief Executive Officer


                                                 /John J. Kalec/

                                                Name:  John J. Kalec


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                                   SCHEDULE 1

                               EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

1.  Executive         John J. Kalec

2.  Position          Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

3.  Duties            Chief Financial Officer of the Company, oversee and manage
                      all financial affairs of the Company, reporting directly
                      to the CEO

4.  Base Salary       $250,000 annual