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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT
                            HOLLYWOOD MEDIA CORP. AND
                               MITCHELL RUBENSTEIN

         THIS EXTENSION AND AMENDMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is entered
into effective as of the 31st day of May, 2004 (the by and between HOLLYWOOD
MEDIA CORP., a Florida corporation (the "Company") and MITCHELL RUBENSTEIN (the


         WHEREAS, the Executive has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of the Company since its inception, and presently serves in
this capacity pursuant to a written Employment Agreement with the Company
entered into as of July 1, 1993, as amended by that certain Extension and
Amendment Agreement entered into as of July 1, 1998 between the Company and the
Executive, and by that certain Extension and Amendment Agreement entered into as
of July 1, 2003 between the Company and the Executive (collectively, the
"Current Employment Agreement");

         WHEREAS, the current term of the Current Employment Agreement ends June
30, 2004, subject to annual automatic renewals as provided therein (subject to
nonrenewal if notice of termination is given as provided therein);

         WHEREAS, the Executive possesses intimate knowledge of the business and
affairs of the Company, its policies, methods and personnel;

         WHEREAS, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the
"Committee") of the Company recognizes that the Executive's contribution to the
growth and success of the Company has been and will continue to be substantial
and desires to assure the Company of the Executive's continued employment in an
executive capacity and to compensate Executive therefore;

         WHEREAS, the Committee has determined that entering into this Agreement
to extend and update the Current Employment Agreement will reinforce and
encourage the Executive's continued attention and dedication to the Company; and

         WHEREAS, the Executive is willing to make his services available to the
Company on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

         NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the mutual benefits to be
derived hereby and thereby, and the promises, representations, warranties,
covenants and other good and valuable consideration provided for herein and
therein, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the
parties, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows, and the Current
Employment Agreement is hereby extended and amended as follows, provided,
however, that in the event of any inconsistency between the Current Employment
Agreement and this Agreement, this Agreement shall take precedence:

         Unless otherwise expressly defined herein, all capitalized terms used
herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Current Employment Agreement.

Current Employment Agreement (as defined in Section 1.1 thereof, as amended) is
hereby extended for an additional period beginning on June 30, 2004 (the last


day of the current Term) and ending on December 31, 2004, unless sooner
terminated pursuant to the terms of said Current Employment Agreement; provided,
however, the Current Employment Agreement shall automatically renew for
successive one (1) year periods, unless either party provides the other party
with written notice of termination thirty (30) days prior to the end of the
applicable term.

         2. GRANT OF RESTRICTED STOCK. In consideration for the Executive's
services under the Current Employment Agreement as amended hereby and for the
Executive's execution and delivery hereof, the Company hereby agrees to grant
the Executive the following:

         400,000 shares of restricted stock of the Company's Common Stock,
         issued in accordance with and pursuant to the Company's 2000 Stock
         Incentive Plan, said grant to vest at the rate of 25,000 shares (or
         6.25%) per calendar quarter, commencing with the first 25,000 shares
         vesting on October 1, 2004, with subsequent vesting on the following
         dates in each consecutive following quarter, respectively, until all
         shares are vested: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1; provided,
         however, that in the event that a "Change of Control" (as defined in
         the Current Employment Agreement, as amended) of the Company occurs
         prior to the end of such four-year period, or in the event that the
         Executive's employment ends at any time prior to the end of such
         four-year period other than for "Cause" (as defined in the Current
         Employment Agreement), said grant shall vest in full immediately.

         3. SURVIVAL. Other than as specifically set forth above, no provision
of this Agreement shall be deemed to enlarge, alter or amend the terms or
provisions of the Current Employment Agreement. Except as provided in this
Agreement, all other provisions, terms and benefits set forth in the Current
Employment Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

         4. COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each
of which, when executed, shall be deemed to be an original and all of which
together shall be deemed to be one and the same instrument.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have or have caused their
respective duly authorized representatives to execute this Agreement as of the
date first written above.


                                       HOLLYWOOD MEDIA CORP.,
                                       a Florida corporation

                                                By:    /s/ Nicholas Hall
                                                Name:  Nicholas Hall
                                                Title:  Chief Operating Officer


                                       /s/ Mitchell Rubenstein
                                       Mitchell Rubenstein