Sample Business Contracts

Employment Agreement - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Don Leeds

Employment Forms

  • Employment Agreement. Employers can customize an employment agreement that states the salary, benefits, working hours and other important provisions for their new or existing employee.
  • Consulting Agreement. Answer simple questions to build a contract with a consultant. Specify the services rendered, when payment is due, as well as IP rights.
  • Commission Agreement. Employers who compensate their sales employees based on commissions can prepare an agreement to reduce misunderstandings by specifying the base salary and how commissions are calculated.
  • Executive Employment Agreement. Companies may offer their business executives a contract that is different from the one provided to their regular employees. Executive employment agreements may be more complex because the compensation structure may include a combination of salary and commissions, provide for bonuses based on sales, stock or other financial targets, and include non-compete, confidentiality and severance provisions.
  • Sales Representative Contract. Independent sales representatives offer companies the potential to increase the sale of products or services without the burden of increasing headcount. Both parties should understand how commissions are calculated, when commissions will be paid, as well as how the representative will treat confidential information from the company and whether the representative may also sell a competing line of products or services.
  • More Employment Agreements

Sponsored Links

                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

                  AGREEMENT dated as of February 13, 2002 between Take-Two
Interactive Software, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Employer" or the
"Company"), and Don Leeds (the "Employee").

                              W I T N E S S E T H :

                  WHEREAS, the Employer desires to employ the Employee as its
Executive Vice President: Special Projects and to be assured of his services as
such on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth; and

                  WHEREAS, the Employee is willing to accept such employment on
such terms and conditions;

                  NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and
agreements hereinafter set forth, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the
Employer and the Employee hereby agree as follows:

                  1. Term. Employer hereby agrees to employ Employee, and
Employee hereby agrees to serve Employer for a three-year period commencing
effective as of the date hereof (the "Effective Date") (such period being herein
referred to as the "Term," and any year commencing on the Effective Date or any
anniversary of the Effective Date being hereinafter referred to as an
"Employment Year") unless this agreement is terminated as hereinafter provided.

                  2.       Employee Duties.

                  (a) During the term of this Agreement, the Employee shall have
the duties and responsibilities of Executive Vice President: Special Projects,
reporting directly to Ryan Brant, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Employer (the "Board"); provided, that if Mr. Brant ceases to be an officer of
the Employer, then the Employee shall thereafter report to the person then
serving as the Chairman of the Board. It is understood that such duties and
responsibilities shall be reasonably related to the Employee's position.

                  (b) The Employee shall devote substantially all of his
business time, attention, knowledge and skills faithfully, diligently and to the
best of his ability, in furtherance of the business and activities of the
Company. The principal place of performance by the Employee of his duties
hereunder shall be the Company's principal executive offices in New York,
although the Employee may be required to travel outside of the area where the
Company's principal executive offices are located in connection with the
business of the Company. Employee has advised the Company that he owns an
interest in a newsletter company to which he devotes less than five hours of his
time each month.


                  (c) Employee shall continue to serve on the Board unless
removed by the stockholders of the Company or requested in writing to resign by
the Chairman of the Board.

                  3. Compensation.

                  (a) During the term of this Agreement, the Employer shall pay
the Employee a salary (the "Salary") at a rate of $350,000 per annum, payable in
equal installments bi-weekly, or at such other times as may mutually be agreed
upon between the Employer and the Employee. Such Salary shall be subject to an
annual review by the Board and may be increased, but not decreased by the Board.

                  (b) The Employee may be paid additional bonus compensation in
the discretion of the Chairman of the Board.

                  (c) The Company shall grant to the Employee non-qualified
options to purchase a mutually agreed upon number of shares of Common Stock at
an exercise price equal to the reported closing sale price of the Company's
Common Stock on the date the Company resumes the trading of its stock in
February, 2002. The options shall have a ten-year term and shall provide for an
exercise period that extends for three years following termination (for any
reason) of employment (but not later than the ten-year anniversary of the date
of grant). The shares issuable upon exercise of the options shall be registered
on Form S-8 within six months from the date hereof. The options shall be granted
as of the Effective Date and shall provide for vesting in the aggregate as
follows: options with respect to 60% of the total shares shall vest in equal
daily installments (based on a 365 day year) over the first Employment Year and
options with respect to the remaining number of shares shall vest in equal daily
installments (based on a 365 day year) over the second and third Employment
Years. The options shall provide for immediate vesting upon the earliest to
occur of: (i) a sale of a majority of the Company's common stock, (ii) a sale of
all or substantially all of the Company's assets, (iii) the merger of the
Company with or into another entity, where such other entity is the surviving
entity, or the other entity or its shareholders gain majority voting control of
the Company as a result of the merger, (iv) the liquidation or dissolution of
the Company. In addition, the options shall provide that, in the event of (i)
the Employee's termination by the Company, other than for "cause" (as defined in
Section 6(d) hereof), or (ii) the Employee's resignation for "good reason" (as
defined in Section 6(d) hereof), options for the number of shares that, but for
the Employee's termination or resignation (as the case may be) would vest during
the period ending on the one-year anniversary of such termination or
resignation, shall instead immediately vest on the date thereof.

                  (d) The Employee shall receive a monthly car allowance of

                  (e) In addition to the foregoing, the Employee shall be
entitled to such other cash bonuses and such other compensation in the form of
stock, stock options or other property or rights as may from time to time be
awarded to him by the Board during or in respect of his employment hereunder.


                  4. Benefits.

                  (a) During the term of this Agreement, the Employee and the
Employee's family shall have the right to receive or participate in all benefits
and plans which the Company may from time to time institute during such period
for its employees and for which the Employee is eligible, including 401(k)
benefits and health and dental coverage. Nothing paid to the Employee under any
plan or arrangement presently in effect or made available in the future shall be
deemed to be in lieu of the salary or any other obligation payable to the
Employee pursuant to this Agreement. Employee shall also be eligible to
participate in all benefit plans and arrangements maintained by the Company for
its senior executives. During the term of this Agreement, the Company shall pay
the premium for the Employee's long term disability policy.

                  (b) During the term of this Agreement, the Employee will be
entitled to the number of paid holidays, personal days off, vacation days and
sick leave days in each calendar year as are determined by the Company from time
to time (including four weeks vacation during any Employment Year). Such
vacation may be taken in the Employee's discretion with the prior approval of
the Chairman, and at such time or times as are not inconsistent with the
reasonable business needs of the Company.

                  5. Expenses. All travel and other expenses incident to the
rendering of services reasonably incurred on behalf of the Company by the
Employee during the term of this Agreement shall be paid by the Employer. If any
such expenses are paid in the first instance by the Employee, the Employer shall
reimburse him therefor on presentation of appropriate receipts for any such
expenses. Employee shall be entitled to fly business class (or first class if
business is not available) on any flight with a scheduled duration of 2.5 hours
or more. In addition, the Company shall pay Employee's legal fees incurred in
connection with the preparation and review of this Agreement.

                  6. Termination. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1
hereof, the Employee's employment with the Employer may be earlier terminated as

                  (a) By action taken by the Board, the Employee may be
discharged for cause (as hereinafter defined), effective as of such time as the
Board shall determine. Upon discharge of the Employee pursuant to this Section
6(a), the Employer shall have no further obligation or duties to the Employee
hereunder, except for payment of Salary through the effective date of
termination, and the Employee shall have no further obligations or duties to the
Employer, except as provided in Section 7.

                  (b) In the event of (i) the death of the Employee or (ii) by
action of the Board and the inability of the Employee, by reason of physical or
mental disability, to continue substantially to perform his duties hereunder for
a period of 180 consecutive days, during which 180 day period Salary and any
other benefits hereunder shall not be suspended or diminished. Upon any
termination of the Employee's employment under this Section 6(b), the Employer
shall have no further obligations or duties to the Employee hereunder except for
payment of Salary and accrued vacation through the effective date of
termination, and the Employee shall have no further obligations or duties to the
Employer, except as provided in Section 7.


                  (c) In the event that Employee's employment with the Employer
is terminated by action taken by the Board without cause (including in the event
of a change of control) or by Employee for "good reason", then the Employer
shall have no further obligation or duties to Employee hereunder, except for
payment of the amounts described below, and Employee shall have no further
obligations or duties to the Employer, except as provided in Section 7. In the
event of such termination, the Employer shall pay Employee's Salary and accrued
but unused vacation through the effective date of termination, plus one year's
Salary and the immediate vesting of all options scheduled to vest pursuant to
the schedule set forth in Section 3(c) during the twelve (12) months following
the effective date of termination; and the Company shall continue Employee's
benefits (including for dependents) (other than 401(k)) for the twelve-month
period following the effective date of termination.

                  (d) For purposes of this Agreement, the Company shall have
"cause" to terminate the Employee's employment under this Agreement upon (i) the
failure by the Employee to substantially perform his duties under this Agreement
after written notice, (ii) the engaging by the Employee in criminal misconduct
(including embezzlement and criminal fraud) which is materially injurious to the
Company, monetarily or otherwise, (iii) the conviction of the Employee of a
felony or (iv) gross negligence on the part of the Employee in the performance
of his duties hereunder. For purposes of the Agreement, the term "good reason"
shall mean (i) an intentional reduction by the Company in the Employee's Salary;
(ii) any material breach by the Company of this Agreement; or (iii) relocation
of the Company's principal offices to a location more than 50 miles from their
location on the Effective Date.

                  (e) For purposes of this Agreement, a change of control shall
mean a sale of all or substantially all of the assets or a majority of the
capital stock of the Company or a merger of the Company with or into another
corporation where the Company is not the surviving corporation.

                  7. Confidentiality; Non-competition.

                  (a) The Employer and the Employee acknowledge that the
services to be performed by the Employee under this Agreement are unique and
extraordinary and, as a result of such employment, the Employee will be in
possession of confidential information relating to the business practices of the
Company. The term "confidential information" shall mean any and all information
(verbal and written) relating to the Company or any of its affiliates, or any of
their respective activities, other than such information which can be shown by
the Employee to be in the public domain (such information not being deemed to be
in the public domain merely because it is embraced by more general information
which is in the public domain) other than as the result of breach of the
provisions of this Section 7(a), including, but not limited to, information
relating to: trade secrets, personnel lists, financial information, research
projects, services used, pricing, customers, customer lists and prospects,
product sourcing, marketing and selling and servicing. The Employee agrees that
he will not, during or for a period of two years after the termination of
employment, directly or indirectly, use, communicate, disclose or disseminate to
any person, firm or corporation any confidential information regarding the
clients, customers or business practices of the Company acquired by the Employee
during his employment by Employer, without the prior written consent of
Employer; provided, however, that the Employee understands that Employee will be
prohibited from misappropriating any trade secret at any time during or after
the termination of employment.


                  (b) The Employee hereby agrees that he shall not, during the
period of his employment and for a period of one (1) year following such
employment, directly or indirectly, within any county (or adjacent county) in
any State within the United States or territory outside the United States in
which the Company is engaged in business during the period of the Employee's
employment or on the date of termination of the Employee's employment, engage,
have an interest in or render any services to any business (whether as owner,
manager, operator, licensor, licensee, lender, partner, stockholder, joint
venturer, employee, consultant or otherwise) that is directly competitive with
the Company's business activities. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee shall
be permitted to own (as a passive investment) not more than 5% of the any class
of securities which is publicly traded; provided, however that said 5%
limitation shall apply to the aggregate holdings of Employee and those of all
other persons and entities with whom Employee has agreed to act for the purpose
of acquiring, holding, voting or disposing of such securities.

                  (c) The Employee hereby agrees that he shall not, during the
period of his employment and for a period of one (1) year following such
employment, directly or indirectly, take any action which constitutes an
interference with or a disruption of any of the Company's business activities
including, without limitation, the solicitations for a competitive purpose of
the Company's customers, or persons listed on the personnel lists of the
Company. At no time during the term of this Agreement, or thereafter shall the
Employee disparage the commercial, business or financial reputation of the
Company nor shall the Company disparage the reputation of the Employee.

                  (d) For purposes of clarification, but not of limitation, the
Employee hereby acknowledges and agrees that the provisions of subparagraphs
7(b) and (c) above shall serve as a prohibition against him, during the period
referred to therein, directly or indirectly, hiring, offering to hire, enticing,
soliciting or in any other manner persuading or attempting to persuade any
officer, significant employee, agent, lessor, lessee, licensor, licensee or
customer who has been previously contacted by either a representative of the
Company, including the Employee (but only those suppliers existing during the
time of the Employee's employment by the Company, or at the termination of his
employment), to discontinue or alter in a manner adverse to the Company his, her
or its relationship with the Company.


                  (e) Upon the termination of the Employee's employment for any
reason whatsoever, all documents, records, notebooks, equipment, price lists,
specifications, programs, customer and prospective customer lists and other
materials which refer or relate to any aspect of the business of the Company
which are in the possession of the Employee including all copies thereof, shall
be promptly returned to the Company.

                  (i) The Employee agrees that all processes, technologies and
inventions ("Inventions"), including new contributions, improvements, ideas and
discoveries, whether patentable or not, conceived, developed, invented or made
by him during his employment by Employer shall belong to the Company, provided
that such Inventions grew out of the Employee's work with the Company are
related in any manner to the business (commercial or experimental) of the
Company or are conceived or made on the Company's time or with the use of the
Company's facilities or materials. The Employee shall further: (a) promptly
disclose such Inventions to the Company; (b) assign to the Company, without
additional compensation, all patent and other rights to such Inventions for the
United States and foreign countries; (c) sign all papers necessary to carry out
the foregoing; and (d) give testimony in support of his inventorship;

                  (ii) If any Invention is described in a patent application or
is disclosed to third parties, directly or indirectly, by the Employee within
two years after the termination of his employment by the Company, it is to be
presumed that the Invention was conceived or made during the period of the
Employee's employment by the Company; and

                  (iii) The Employee agrees that he will not assert any rights
to any Invention as having been made or acquired by him prior to the date of
this Agreement, except for Inventions, if any, disclosed to the Company in
writing prior to the date hereof.

                  (f) The Company shall be the sole owner of all products and
proceeds of the Employee's services hereunder, including, but not limited to,
all materials, ideas, concepts, formats, suggestions, developments,
arrangements, packages, programs and other intellectual properties that the
Employee may acquire, obtain, develop or create in connection with and during
the term of the Employee's employment hereunder, free and clear of any claims by
the Employee (or anyone claiming under the Employee) of any kind or character
whatsoever (other than the Employee's right to receive payments hereunder). The
Employee shall, at the request of the Company, execute such assignments,
certificates or other instruments as the Company may from time to time deem
necessary or desirable to evidence, establish, maintain, perfect, protect,
enforce or defend its right, or title and interest in or to any such properties.

                  (g) The parties hereto hereby acknowledge and agree that (i)
the Company would be irreparably injured in the event of a breach by the
Employee of any of his obligations under this Section 7, (ii) monetary damages
would not be an adequate remedy for any such breach, and (iii) the Company shall
be entitled to injunctive relief, in addition to any other remedy which it may
have, in the event of any such breach.


                  (h) The parties hereto hereby acknowledge that, in addition to
any other remedies the Company may have under Section 7(g) hereof, the Company
shall have the right and remedy to require the Employee to account for and pay
over to the Company all compensation, profits, monies, accruals, increments or
other benefits (collectively, "Benefits") derived or received by the Employee as
the result of any transactions constituting a breach of any of the provisions of
Section 7, and the Employee hereby agrees to account for any pay over such
Benefits to the Company.

                  (i) Each of the rights and remedies enumerated in Section 7(g)
and 7(h) shall be independent of the other, and shall be severally enforceable,
and all of 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 in equity.

                  (j) If any provision contained in this Section 7 is hereafter
construed to be invalid or unenforceable, the same shall not affect the
remainder of the covenant or covenants, which shall be given full effect,
without regard to the invalid portions.

                  (k) If any provision contained in this Section 7 is found to
be unenforceable by reason of the extent, duration or scope thereof, or
otherwise, then the court making such determination shall have the right to
reduce such extent, duration, scope or other provision and in its reduced form
any such restriction shall thereafter be enforceable as contemplated hereby.

                  (l) It is the intent of the parties hereto that the covenants
contained in this Section 7 shall be enforced to the fullest extent permissible
under the laws and public policies of each jurisdiction in which enforcement is
sought (the Employee hereby acknowledging that said restrictions are reasonably
necessary for the protection of the Company). Accordingly, it is hereby agreed
that if any of the provisions of this Section 7 shall be adjudicated to be
invalid or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, said provision shall be
(only with respect to the operation thereof in the particular jurisdiction in
which such adjudication is made) construed by limiting and reducing it so as to
be enforceable to the extent permissible, without invalidating the remaining
provisions of this Agreement or affecting the validity or enforceability of said
provision in any other jurisdiction.

                  8. Indemnification. The Employer shall indemnify and hold
harmless the Employee against any and all expenses reasonably incurred by him in
connection with or arising out of (a) the defense of any action, suit or
proceeding in which he is a party, or (b) any claim asserted or threatened
against him, in either case by reason of or relating to his being or having been
an employee, officer or director of the Company, whether or not he continues to
be such an employee, officer or director at the time of incurring such expenses,
except insofar as such indemnification is prohibited by law. Such expenses shall
include, without limitation, the reasonable fees and disbursements of attorneys,
amounts of judgments and amounts of any settlements; provided, however, that the
Employee shall not enter into any settlement for which indemnification will be
sought hereunder without the written consent of the Employer. The foregoing
indemnification obligation is independent of and in addition to any similar
obligation provided in the Employer's Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws,
and shall apply with respect to any matters attributable to periods prior to the
Effective Date, and to matters attributable to his employment hereunder, without
regard to when asserted.


                  9. General. This Agreement is further governed by the
following provisions:

                  (a) Notices. All notices relating to this Agreement shall be
in writing and shall be either personally delivered, sent by telecopy (receipt
confirmed) or mailed by certified mail, return receipt requested, to be
delivered at such address as is indicated below, or at such other address or to
the attention of such other person as the recipient has specified by prior
written notice to the sending party. Notice shall be effective when so
personally delivered, one business day after being sent by telecopy or five days
after being mailed.

                  To the Employer:

                           Take Two Interactive Software, Inc.
                           575 Broadway
                           New York, New York 10012
                           Attention: Ken Selterman

                  To the Employee:

                           Don Leeds
                           12A Lilac Lane
                           Weston, CT 06883

                  With a copy to:

                           Morrison & Foerster LLP
                           1290 Avenue of the Americas
                           New York, NY  10104
                           Attention:  Charles B. Friedman, Esq.

                  (b) Parties in Interest. Employee may not delegate his duties
or assign his rights hereunder. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of,
and be binding upon, the parties hereto and their respective heirs, legal
representatives, successors and permitted assigns.

                  (c) Entire Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any and all
other agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties hereto with
respect to the employment of the Employee by the Employer and contains all of
the covenants and agreements between the parties with respect to such employment
in any manner whatsoever. Any modification or termination of this Agreement will
be effective only if it is in writing signed by the party to be charged.


                  (d) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. The Employee and
the Employer each agrees to and hereby does submit to jurisdiction before any
state or federal court of record in New York County.

                  (e) Warranty. Employee hereby warrants and represents as

                  (i) That the execution of this Agreement and the discharge of
Employee's obligations hereunder will not breach or conflict with any other
contract, agreement, or understanding between Employee and any other party or

                  (ii) Employee has ideas, information and know-how relating to
the type of business conducted by Employer, and Employee's disclosure of such
ideas, information and know-how to Employer will not conflict with or violate
the rights of any third party or parties.

                  (iii) Employee will not disclose any trade secrets relating to
the business conducted by any previous employer.

                  (f) Severability. In the event that any term or condition in
this Agreement shall for any reason be held by a court of competent jurisdiction
to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, such invalidity,
illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or condition of
this Agreement, but this Agreement shall be construed as if such invalid or
illegal or unenforceable term or condition had never been contained herein.

                  (g) Execution in Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed
by the parties in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be
an original but all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same
agreement, and shall become effective when one or more counterparts has been
signed by each of the parties hereto and delivered to each of the other parties


                  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed and
delivered this Agreement as of the date first above written.

                                Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

                                By:   /s/ Ryan Brant

                                      /s/ Don Leeds
                                      Don Leeds