Employment Agreement - 4Kids Productions Inc. and Norman Grossfeld
AGREEMENT dated as of January 1, 2002 between 4Kids Productions, Inc., with offices at 53 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010 (Employer), and Norman Grossfeld, 53 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10010 (Employee).
W I T N E S S E T H :
WHEREAS, Employer desires to retain the services of Employee and Employee desires to be employed by Employer upon the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
1. Employment and Duties.
Employer hereby employs Employee and Employee hereby agrees to serve as President of Employer. Employee agrees to perform such services for Employer and affiliates consistent with Employees position as shall, from time to time, be assigned to Employee by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Board of Directors of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (4Kids) and such services customary to such office as are necessary to the operations of Employer and affiliates. Employee shall use Employees best efforts to promote the interests of Employer and affiliates and shall devote Employees full business time (except as provided below), energy and skill exclusively to the business and affairs of Employer and affiliates during the Term set forth below in Paragraph 2.
2. Term of Employment. (a) The term of Employees employment hereunder (Term) shall commence on January 1, 2002 and shall continue until December 31, 2006 unless terminated as provided in Paragraph 10 of this Agreement.
(b) At least six (6) months prior to the end of the Term, the Parties shall begin discussions with respect to an extension of the Term of this Agreement.
(a) Salary. As compensation for Employees services during the Term, Employer shall pay Employee a salary at the rate Three Hundred Fifty Thousand ($350,000) per year. The CEO or the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of 4Kids (Compensation Committee) shall have the right, but not the obligation, to provide Employee with salary increases, from time to time, in the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee.
(b) Withholding. All payments of compensation shall be made in appropriate installments to conform with the regular payroll dates for salaried personnel of Employer. Employer shall be entitled to deduct from each salary payment, all deductions as may be required by law, including, without limitation, deductions for federal, state and local income taxes and FICA.
(c) Fringe Benefits. During the Term, Employee shall be entitled to participate in all insurance and other benefits as are now, or hereafter may be, established by Employer and affiliates for the benefit of all employees of Employer and affiliates, subject, however, to the provisions of the various benefit plans and programs in effect from time to time. Employee shall also be entitled to such additional benefits as may be made available to the senior executives of Employer and affiliates. The benefits described herein and on the schedule attached hereto are the benefits referred to as Fringe Benefits.
(d) Vacation. Employee shall be entitled to accrued vacation at the rate of four (4) weeks per calendar year during the Term. Such vacation shall be taken at such times as shall be approved by the CEO of 4Kids.
(e) Expenses. Employer shall reimburse Employee in conformity with the expense reimbursement practices of Employer for the reasonable, ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred by Employee in the performance of Employees duties hereunder. Employee shall submit all receipts, invoices and other such documents evidencing such expenses as may be required by the policy of Employer.
4. Bonus Compensation. (a) For each full calendar year of the Term, Employee shall be eligible to participate in the bonus pool established by the Compensation Committee (the Bonus Pool), which Bonus Pool shall be based upon a percentage designated by the Compensation Committee of the profit before tax of 4Kids and subsidiaries. The Compensation Committee and the CEO of 4Kids, in their sole and absolute discretion, shall determine the amount of the Bonus Pool, if any, to be awarded to Employee based upon Employees performance during the calendar year in question.
(b)(i) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Employer shall pay Employee a minimum bonus (MB) of not less than One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) for each calendar year during the Term subject to the following reduction: the MB with respect to any calendar year during the Term shall be reduced by an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the Annual Stock Option Value (as defined below), if any, with respect to the applicable calendar year for which the MB is to be paid (Applicable Calendar Year). Nothing herein shall be deemed to prevent Employee from receiving both an MB and a share of the Bonus Pool.
(ii) For purposes of this Agreement, the Annual Stock Option Value shall equal (x) the Net Proceeds (as defined below) received by, or credited to, Employee from the exercise by Employee of stock options issued to Employee with respect to the Applicable Calendar Year (ACY Options) and sale by Employee of the 4Kids stock underlying such ACY Options during such Applicable Calendar Year and (y) the Value Increase (as defined below), if any, of any ACY Options granted to but not exercised by Employee during such Applicable Calendar Year.
(iii) For purposes of this Agreement, Net Proceeds shall be defined as the sum received by, or credited to, Employee from the sale by Employee during the Applicable Calendar Year of the 4Kids stock underlying such ACY Options that have been exercised, after deduction of the exercise price paid with respect to such exercised stock options.
(iv) For purposes of this Agreement, Value Increase shall be computed by multiplying (x) the number of ACY Options granted to Employee during the Applicable Calendar Year but not exercised by Employee during such Applicable Calendar Year assuming that Employee were fully vested in all such ACY Options granted by 4Kids to Employee for such Applicable Calendar Year, by (y) the difference between the grant price for such 4Kids stock options and the closing price of 4Kids common stock as of the last day of trading for such Applicable Calendar Year.
For example: if Employee were granted 10,000 stock options for calendar year 2003 with an exercise price of $20 per share, Employee during 2003 sold 6,000 ACY Options for Net Proceeds of $75,000 and the closing price of the 4Kids common stock as of the last day of trading in 2003 was 26, the Annual Stock Option Value would be equal to fifty percent (50%) of the sum of (x) $75,000 (i.e., the Net Proceeds on the sale during 2003 of the ACY Options), and (y) $24,000 (i.e., 4,000 ACY Options granted but not exercised in 2003 multiplied by the difference between the closing price on the last day of trading less the grant price for the 2003 stock options = $24,000.) In this example, Employees MB for 2003 would be reduced by fifty percent (50%) of the sum of $75,000 and $24,000 or by a total of $49,500.
(c) The amount of the Bonus Pool to be awarded to Employee and/or the MB shall be paid to Employee no later than ten (10) business days after completion of the annual audit of the financial statements of 4Kids which audit is generally completed by March 31 of the year immediately succeeding the year to which the Bonus Pool and/or MB pertains.
5. Stock Options.
(a) 4Kids hereby grants to Employee options under the terms and conditions of the 2001 Stock Option Plan of 4Kids (SOP) to acquire forty thousand (40,000) shares of the common stock of 4Kids. The date of grant shall be January 2, 2002. The exercise price of such stock options shall be determined in accordance with the SOP. Fifty percent (50%) of such stock options shall be vested as of the date of grant. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the stock options shall vest as of the first anniversary of the date of grant of such stock options to Employee. The rights and obligations of the Parties with respect to any grant of stock options shall be set forth in the form Stock Option Agreement to be entered into by Employee and 4Kids.
(b) Employee shall also be eligible to receive additional grants of stock options as determined in the sole discretion of the Compensation Committee.
6. Place of Employment. During the Term, Employee shall be required to perform Employees duties at the principal office of Employer in the New York City Metropolitan Area. Employee shall undertake all reasonable travel required by Employer and affiliates in connection with the performance of Employees duties hereunder.
7. Non-Competition and Protection of Confidential Information.
(a) Employee agrees that his position with Employer places him in a position of confidence and trust with the clients and employees of Employer. Employee acknowledges that inasmuch as the business of Employer is carried on in several states of the United States and that it is the intention of Employer to continue to expand the geographic area in which Employer engages in its business and marketing efforts and accordingly, it is reasonable that the restrictive covenants set forth below are not limited by specific geographic area but by the location of Employers clients and potential clients. Employee further acknowledges that the rendering of services to the clients of Employer necessarily requires the disclosure to Employee of confidential information and trade secrets of Employer and its clients (such as without limitation, marketing and licensing plans and business strategies). Employee consequently agrees that it is reasonable and necessary for the protection of the goodwill and business of Employer that Employee make the covenants contained herein.
Accordingly, Employee agrees that while he is in Employers employ and for a period of two (2) years thereafter, Employee shall not directly or indirectly:
(i) attempt in any manner to solicit from any client (except on behalf of Employer) business of the type performed by Employer or to persuade any client of Employer to cease to do business or to reduce the amount of business which any such client has customarily done or contemplates doing with Employer, whether or not the relationship between Employer and such client was originally established in whole or in part through Employees efforts;
(ii) employ or attempt to employ or assist anyone else to employ any person who is then or at any time during the preceding year was in Employers employ:,
(iii) render any services of the type rendered by Employer to its clients to or for any client of Employer unless such services are rendered as an employee or consultant of Employer.
Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the term Employer, as used in this Paragraph 7, shall mean Employer and affiliates. The term client shall mean (i) anyone who was then a client of Employer; (ii) anyone who was a client of Employer at any time during the one (1) year period immediately preceding the date of termination of employment; and (iii) any prospective client to whom Employer has made a formal presentation (i.e., the actual presentation of a marketing plan, licensing strategy and/or media plan) within a one (1) year period immediately preceding the date of such termination.
(b) Employee also agrees that either during the Term or at any other time thereafter, Employee shall not divulge to anyone (other than Employer or any persons designated by Employer) any confidential information relating to the business of Employer or its clients including, without limitation, all types of trade secrets, business strategies or marketing, licensing, advertising and/or promotional plans. Employee further agrees not to disclose, publish or make use of any such knowledge or information of a confidential nature other than in the performance of Employees duties hereunder without the prior written consent of Employer. For purposes of this Paragraph, the term confidential information shall not include information which becomes public knowledge other than through a breach of this covenant by Employee or any confidential information that Employee is required to disclose in any judicial or administrative proceeding pursuant to any subpoena or court order.
(c) If Employee commits a breach or is about to commit a breach of any of the provisions of Paragraph 7(a)and/or (b) above, Employer shall have the right to have the provisions of this Agreement specifically enforced by any court having equity jurisdiction without being required to post bond or other security and without having to prove the inadequacy of the available remedies at law, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach will cause irreparable injury to Employer and that money damages will not provide an adequate remedy to Employer. In addition, Employer may take all such other actions and remedies available to it under law or in equity and shall be entitled to such damages as it can show it has sustained by reason of such breach.
(d) The parties acknowledge that the type and period of restriction imposed in the provisions of Paragraph 7(a) are fair and are reasonably required for the protection of Employer and the goodwill associated with the business of Employer. If any of the covenants in Paragraph 7(a) or any part thereof, 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.
8. Intellectual Property. Employee agrees that all ideas, proposals and plans invented or developed by Employee during the Term which relate to the business of Employer and affiliates or any of its clients including, without limitation, any ideas, proposals and plans which may be copyrighted, trademarked, patented or otherwise protected, will be the property of Employer and affiliates. Employee further agrees, at Employers and/or affiliates request and expense, to do whatever is necessary or desirable to secure the rights to said ideas, proposals and plans, whether by copyright, trademark, patent or otherwise. If requested by Employer and/or affiliates, Employee shall execute and deliver such documents of assignment as shall be necessary in Employers and/or affiliates sole judgement, to assign, transfer and convey all rights thereto to Employer and affiliates. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Employee shall have the right during non-business hours during the Term to write materials unrelated to the business of Employer and affiliates and their clients, the rights to which shall be owned by Employee and not by Employer.
9. Employees Representations. (a) Employee represents and warrants that:
(i) Employee has the right to enter into this Agreement and is not subject to any contract, commitment, agreement, arrangement or restriction of any kind which would prevent Employee from performing Employees duties and obligations hereunder;
(ii) Employee is currently in good health and to the best of Employees knowledge, Employee is not subject to any undisclosed medical condition which might have a material effect on Employees ability to perform satisfactorily Employees services hereunder.
(a) This Agreement may be terminated immediately on the death of Employee and may be terminated immediately on written notice in the event of the physical or mental disability of Employee to such an extent that Employee is unable to render services to Employer and affiliates for a period of ninety (90) consecutive days in any consecutive twelve(12) month period.
(b) In the event that Employer terminates this Agreement due to Employees death, Employee shall be paid Employees salary and shall continue to receive all Fringe Benefits hereunder through the date of Employees death. Employees estate shall also receive any bonus that has been earned but has not been paid as of the date of Employees death and a proportionate share of any bonus payable with respect to the calendar year in which Employees death occurs (such proportionate share to be calculated based on the number of days in the calendar year prior to Employees death as compared with 365). In the event that Employer terminates this Agreement due to Employees disability, Employee shall be paid Employees salary and shall continue to receive all Fringe Benefits hereunder until the date in which the termination for disability occurred. Employee shall also receive any bonus that has been earned but has not been paid as of the date of Employees termination due to disability and a proportionate share of any bonus payable with respect to the calendar year in which Employees termination due to disability occurs (such proportionate share to be calculated based on the number of days worked in the calendar year prior to Employees death as compared with 365).
(c) Employer shall have the right at any time, by written notice to Employee, to immediately terminate this Agreement for cause, which for purposes of this Agreement shall be defined as:
(i) Employees conviction of any act which constitutes a felony under federal, state or local laws;
(ii) Employees repeated refusal (other than any failure to perform arising from a physical or mental disability) to act in accordance with the reasonable directions of the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer of 4Kids directing Employee to perform services consistent with Employees status as an officer of Employer, which refusal is not cured by Employee within twenty (20) days of Employees receipt of written notice thereof from Employer (provided, however, that if such breach cannot be cured within twenty (20) days and Employee commences the cure thereof and diligently pursues the same, such failure shall not constitute cause unless such breach is not cured in its entirety within thirty (30) days of Employees receipt of the written notice of breach).
(iii) Employees dishonesty, including embezzlement or misappropriation of funds;
(iv) Employees use of illegal drugs that impairs his ability to perform his duties
(v) Employees use of alcohol that impairs his ability to perform his duties
(vi) Employees material breach of any obligations of Employee which remains uncured for more than twenty (20) days after written notice thereof by Employer to Employee.
In the event that Employer terminates this Agreement for cause, Employee shall be paid Employees salary and shall continue to receive all Fringe Benefits through the date of termination. Thereafter, Employer shall have no further obligation to Employee and Employee shall not receive any bonus payments except for any MB earned but not yet paid with respect to the prior calendar year.
(d) Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, Employer shall have the right to terminate Employee for reasons other than those set forth in paragraphs 10(a) and 10(c) (Termination Without Cause) by delivering a written notice of such termination to Employee. In the event such written notice of termination is delivered, Employee shall continue to receive Employees full salary, Fringe Benefits and MB for each year during the remainder of the Term.
(e) In the event that Employee resigns or voluntarily terminates his employment by Employer, Employee shall not receive any further salary, Fringe Benefits or bonuses hereunder other than as required by COBRA or any similar state law or subsequently enacted law replacing COBRA. Employee shall provide at least thirty (30) days written notice of such resignation or voluntary termination.
(f) (i) If during the Term, there shall occur a Change of Control (as defined below), Employee may, within six (6) months after the occurrence of the Change of Control, voluntarily terminate his employment in which case Employee shall be entitled to receive a payment equal to 2.99 times his average annual compensation (including bonuses) paid by Employer during the three (3) calendar years prior to the Change of Control. Such payment shall be made to Employee in a lump sum as of the date that Employee voluntarily terminates his employment as provided in this Paragraph 10 (f).
(ii) For purposes of this Agreement, a Change of Control shall be deemed to have occurred if (i) Alfred R. Kahn is not the Chairman and CEO and a majority of the Directors of 4Kids do not consist of individuals recommended or approved by Alfred R. Kahn, or (ii) there has been a corporate transaction (whether in the form of a sale or transfer of the majority of the stock, a merger, a sale of substantially all of the assets, a reorganization or a restructuring) involving 4Kids except for a transaction in which 4Kids or subsidiaries is the acquirer and Alfred R. Kahn remains Chairman or CEO of 4Kids.
(g) Employee shall have the right to terminate this Agreement by delivering a written notice of termination to Employer in the event that Employer breaches any of its duties and obligations hereunder and fails to cure such breach within twenty (20) days after receipt of a written notice of breach from Employee. In the event Employee terminates this Agreement as provided in this subparagraph, Employee shall receive Employees full salary, Fringe Benefits and MB for each year during the remainder of the Term.
(h) Upon termination of this Agreement, Employee shall promptly return all of Employers and affiliates property to Employer.
(i) Notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement, Employees obligations to Employer and affiliates pursuant to Paragraphs 7 and 8 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
11. Life Insurance. Employer shall have the right to purchase life insurance on the life of Employee at Employers sole expense and with Employer and affiliates as the sole beneficiary thereof. Employee shall cooperate fully with Employer in obtaining such life insurance, sign any necessary consents, applications and other related forms or documents and take any required medical examinations reasonably required.
12. Assignment. This Agreement is a personal contract and Employee may not assign, sell or transfer Employees rights, interests and obligations hereunder. Any assignment contrary to this paragraph shall be null and void of no force and effect. In the event of any attempted assignment or transfer of rights hereunder contrary to the provisions hereof, Employer shall have no further liability for payments hereunder. The rights and obligations of Employer and affiliates hereunder shall be binding upon and run in favor of the successors and assigns of Employer and affiliates.
13. Entire Understanding; Governing Law. This Agreement represents the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings relating to the employment of Employee, which prior agreements and understandings are null and void and of no further force and effect. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and to be performed entirely within New York.
14. Modification. This Agreement may not be amended, modified, canceled, discharged, extended or changed except by an agreement in writing signed by the party against whom enforcement of any such amendment, modification, cancellation, discharge, extension or change is sought.
15. Headings. Paragraph headings contained in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered a part of this Agreement.
16. Severability. If any provision or if any part of any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable, illegal or contrary to public policy by a court of competent jurisdiction, the parties agree that this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect except for such provision or part of any such provision held to be unenforceable.
17. Notices. Any notices or other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed effective when delivered in person, sent by overnight courier (e.g. Federal Express), telefaxed with a follow up copy by regular mail or sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, in which case the notice shall be deemed effective on the date of deposit in the mails, postage prepaid, addressed to Employee at Employees then current home address and, in the case of Employer, addressed to Employer at its offices located at the address set forth on page 1. Either party may change the address to which notices are to be addressed by notice in writing given to the other in accordance with the terms hereof.
18. Counterparts. This Agreement may be signed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original, and all of which, taken together, shall constitute one instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Employer and 4Kids have, by their appropriate officers signed this Agreement and Employee has signed this Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
4Kids Productions, Inc.
|By:/s/ Joseph P. Garrity|
|Joseph P. Garrity|
|/s/ Norman J. Grossfeld|
|Norman J. Grossfeld|
By: /s/ Joseph P. Garrity