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Severance Agreement - iVillage Inc. and Nancy Evans

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                                  July 22, 2003

Ms. Nancy Evans
321 West 77th Street
New York, N.Y. 10024

Dear Nancy:

         This is to confirm that your employment with iVillage Inc. (the
"Company") has terminated and that you have resigned from the Company's Board of
Directors, each effective as of July 15, 2003 (the "Separation Date").

         1. Consideration. In consideration of the terms of this letter, the
Company shall provide you with the following separation benefits:

            (a)   Severance Payment. You will receive severance in the gross
                  amount of $325,000.00, which reflects twelve (12) months of
                  base salary, payable in twenty-four (24) equal semi-monthly
                  installments of $13,541.66 in accordance with the Company's
                  standard payroll practices, subject to appropriate tax and
                  other withholdings. The period of time within which you will
                  be receiving severance pay will be known as "the Severance

            (b)   Potential 2003 Bonus Payment. In the event that any employee
                  at or above the level of senior vice president of the Company
                  receives a bonus during 2004 for services rendered during the
                  Company's 2003 fiscal year, you will receive a pro-rated
                  portion of your annual target bonus payment of $130,000
                  reflecting the portion of the year that you were employed by
                  the Company (i.e. 54%) and the percentage of the bonus target
                  received by an officer of the Company at or above the level of
                  senior vice president who received the highest percentage of
                  his annual bonus target. By way of example, if the officer
                  receiving the highest percentage of his annual bonus target is
                  paid a bonus in 2004 for services rendered in fiscal year 2003
                  of fifty percent (50%) of his target bonus of $100,000 (i.e.
                  $50,000) you would receive a bonus payment reflecting fifty
                  percent (50%) of fifty-four percent (54%) of your annual
                  target bonus of $130,000 (i.e. $35,100). The payment of a
                  signing bonus and/or sales commission to any Company employee
                  shall not entitle you to a bonus payment pursuant to this
                  provision provided that the form of payment was not designed
                  solely to avoid the payment of a bonus to you hereunder;


            (c)   Medical and Dental Coverage. Your current health care benefits
                  under the iVillage Group Plan will end July 15, 2003. However,
                  under COBRA, if you are currently enrolled for medical and/or
                  dental benefits under the iVillage Group Plan, you are
                  eligible to continue your medical and/or dental coverage for
                  up to 18 months. If you elect COBRA, the Company will continue
                  to contribute the amount towards the premium for health
                  coverage that it pays for active employees during the
                  Severance Period. You will continue to be responsible for
                  paying the portion of the premium that active employees must
                  contribute towards health coverage. COBRA premium co-payments
                  are your responsibility and must be paid directly to our third
                  party COBRA Administrator. You will receive additional
                  information from iVillage's third party administrator, COBRA
                  Compliance Systems, Inc. (1-800-594-6957) regarding your
                  rights to continue benefits coverage under COBRA and the costs
                  of such coverage within 30 days from July 15, 2003;

            (d)   Stock Options. Your options to purchase the Company's common
                  stock shall continue to vest according to their terms during
                  the Severance Period after which time all your unvested stock
                  options shall expire and terminate. Notwithstanding any
                  conflicting terms in the Company's stock option plans under
                  which such stock options were granted and subject to
                  applicable law, the exercise period with respect to the
                  remaining vested options to be held by you thereafter shall
                  expire and terminate on the one (1) year anniversary of
                  termination of the Severance Period. Notwithstanding anything
                  to the contrary contained in this letter agreement, Section 3
                  of that certain letter agreement between the Company and you
                  executed by you on March 7, 2003 (the "March 2003 Agreement")
                  shall continue in full force and effect during the Severance
                  Period. You shall be solely responsible, and the Company shall
                  bear no liability, for your failure to timely exercise your
                  Company stock options; and

            (e)   Legal Fees. The Company shall reimburse you for your
                  reasonable legal fees associated with the negotiation and
                  execution of this letter agreement, up to $10,000, upon
                  presentation of a statement for services rendered reasonably
                  satisfactory to the Company.

         2. Other Effects of Termination. Except as otherwise provided in this
letter, effective as of the Separation Date, you shall be treated like any other
employee whose employment has terminated. As such, your participation in each
and every other Company benefit plan, policy, program or practice shall
terminate on the Separation Date in accordance with the terms of such plan,
policy, program or practice.



         3. Return of Company Property. By signing below, you represent that you
will return to the Company all Company property including, without limitation,
laptop computers, cellular telephones, credit cards, identification badges,
parking tags and keys to any Company facilities, and any reports, files,
advertiser and customer lists, memoranda, records and software, computer access
codes or disks, instructional manuals, and any other physical or personal
property that you received in connection with your employment with the Company
that you have in your possession, and that you have not retained any copies,
duplicates, reproductions or excerpts thereof.

         4. Release and Other Promises. The intent of this section is to secure
your promise not to sue the Company, or anyone connected with it for any harm
you may claim to have suffered in connection with your employment or the
termination of your employment, in return for the benefits described in this
letter. Accordingly, in exchange for the payments, benefits and promises
described above ("Consideration"), you hereby agree as follows:

         (a) Release. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 4(a), you
         hereby release the Company and all of its past, present and/or future
         related entities, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers,
         directors, stockholders, trustees, employees, agents, representatives,
         administrators, attorneys, insurers, fiduciaries, predecessors,
         successors and assigns, in their individual and/or representative
         capacities (hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Released
         Parties"), from any and all causes of action, suits, agreements,
         promises, damages, disputes, controversies, contentions, differences,
         judgments, claims and demands of any kind whatsoever ("Claims") which
         you or your heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns
         ever had, now have or may have against the Released Parties, whether
         known or unknown to you, and whether asserted or unasserted, (i) by
         reason of your employment and/or cessation of employment with the
         Company or (ii) otherwise involving facts which occurred on or prior to
         the date that you sign this Agreement.

         Such released Claims include, without limitation, any and all Claims
         under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act
         of 1871, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Fair Labor Standards Act,
         the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Americans With
         Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
         (including, without limitation, any claim for severance pay), the New
         York State Human Rights Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, the
         Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and any and all other federal, state or local laws,
         statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to employment (each as
         amended); any and all Claims under state contract or tort law; any and
         all Claims based on the design or administration of any Company
         employee benefit plan or program or arising under any Company policy,
         procedure, or employee benefit plan; any and all Claims for wages,
         commissions, bonuses, continued employment with the Company in any
         position, and compensatory, punitive or liquidated damages; and any and
         all Claims for attorneys' fees and costs. Notwithstanding the
         foregoing, nothing contained herein shall interfere with or waive your
         right to enforce this Agreement in a court of competent jurisdiction;



         (b) No Lawsuits. If you commence, continue, join in, or in any other
         manner attempt to assert any Claim released herein against the Released
         Parties (exclusive of Claims described in Section 4(c) below), or
         otherwise breach the promises made in this letter, you shall reimburse
         the Released Parties for all attorneys' fees incurred by the Released
         Parties in defending against such a Claim and the Company shall have a
         right to the return of all Consideration paid to you pursuant to this
         letter (exclusive of the Consideration paid pursuant to Section 4(c)
         below), together with interest thereon, and to cease furnishing to you
         any further Consideration described in this letter; provided that this
         right of return of such Consideration and the cessation of payment of
         further Consideration is without prejudice to the Released Parties'
         other rights hereunder, including any right to obtain an agreement and
         release of any and all claims against the Released Parties;

         (c) Release of Claims Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of
         1967, as amended. The Claims released by you pursuant to this Section 4
         also include any and all Claims arising under the Age Discrimination in
         Employment Act of 1967, as amended by the Older Workers' Benefit
         Protection Act of 1990 or otherwise (the "ADEA"). You acknowledge and
         agree that 25% of the cash value of the Consideration described in
         Section 1 above has been paid to you solely in order to effect a valid
         waiver of Claims under the ADEA;

         (d) Continued Confidentiality Obligation. You understand and agree
         that, in the course of your employment with the Company, you have
         acquired confidential information and trade secrets concerning
         personal, business, financial, technical and other information and
         material, including the Company's operations, processes, technology,
         contracts, advertiser and customer lists, future plans and methods of
         doing business, which are the property of the Company and which involve
         the Company and the Company's employees, which information you
         understand and agree would be extremely damaging to the Company if
         disclosed to a competitor or a third party. You understand and agree
         that such information has been divulged to you in confidence, and you
         agree to forever keep such information secret and confidential, and
         that you shall not communicate or disclose to any third party, or use
         for your own account, without prior written consent of the Company, any
         of the aforementioned information or material, except as required by
         law, unless and until such information or material becomes generally
         available to the public through no fault of yours. In view of the
         nature of your employment and the information and trade secrets which
         you have received during the course of your employment, you likewise
         agree that the Company would be irreparably harmed by any violation, or
         threatened violation, of the prohibited disclosure of trade secrets and
         that, therefore, the Company shall be entitled to an injunction
         prohibiting you from any violation or threatened violation of such
         disclosure restrictions;



         (e) Cooperation with the Company. You shall fully cooperate and assist
         the Company in any dispute in which the Company is involved and in
         which you may have been involved. Such cooperation and assistance shall
         be provided at a time and in a manner which is mutually agreeable to
         you and the Company, and shall include providing information,
         documents, etc., submitting to depositions, providing testimony and
         general cooperation to assist the Company in defending its position
         with reference to any matter. You will be reimbursed in accordance with
         the Company's expense reimbursement policy for any reasonable
         out-of-pocket expense you incur in fulfilling your obligations under
         this subparagraph; and

         (f) Non-Competition/Non Solicitation. You agree that during the
         Severance Period, you will not take any action that could reasonably be
         considered to materially harm the economic or other interest of the
         Company. Accordingly, during the Severance Period, you will not (i)
         directly or indirectly engage in any Competitive Business (as defined
         below), whether such engagement shall be as an employer, officer,
         director, owner, employee, partner or other participant, (ii) assist
         others in engaging in any Competitive Business in the manner described
         in the foregoing clause (i), or (iii) induce employees of the Company
         or its affiliates or subsidiaries to terminate their employment with
         the Company or such affiliate or subsidiary or engage in any
         Competitive Business. "Competitive Business" means and includes any
         business located in the United States of America that develops or
         produces any online channel the content of which is similar to any
         online channel produced or under active development by the Company
         during your employment. "Online" shall refer to any form or manner of
         electronic or digital communication or transmission of data, content or
         information including, without limitation, the Internet, World Wide
         Web, broadband, wireless, or Wi-Fi. Notwithstanding this provision, you
         shall be permitted to own securities of a public company not in excess
         of one percent (1%) of any class of such securities and such ownership
         shall not, by itself, violate the terms of this paragraph.

         You acknowledge that the foregoing obligation is not meant to prevent
         you from earning a living or fostering your career. It does intend
         however, to prevent any Competitive Business from gaining any unfair
         advantage from your knowledge of confidential information.

         5. Non-Admission of Liability. The Company is providing you with the
benefits described in this letter solely to ease the impact of your separation
from employment with the Company. The fact that the Company is offering these
benefits to you should not be understood as an admission that the Company has
violated your rights (or the rights of anyone else) in any manner whatsoever.



         6. Acknowledgments. By signing this letter below, you hereby
acknowledge as follows:

         (a) Sufficiency of Consideration. The Consideration received by you in
         exchange for the release contained in Section 4 and the other promises
         contained in this letter, including the Company's promise to forego any
         rights it might have pursuant to the March 2003 Agreement, are greater
         in value than anything else to which you would be entitled from the
         Company if you did not execute this letter agreement, and the benefits
         described in this letter are being provided to you in place and stead
         of any separation benefits to which you might otherwise be entitled
         under any applicable policy, plan, and/or procedure of the Company or
         under any prior agreement between you and the Company including the
         March 2003 Agreement which is hereby superseded and made null and void
         except as otherwise expressly provided herein;

         (b) No Other Wages or Benefits Due. Except as described in this letter,
         you have been paid all wages and attendant benefits due you from the
         Company in consideration of the services you rendered while employed by
         the Company, including but not limited to vacation pay, sick or
         disability pay, overtime pay, holiday pay, expense reimbursement,
         bonuses, commissions, payments due you from the Company pursuant to any
         agreement or other contract to which you and/or the Company was a
         party, and any and all monetary or other benefits that are or were due
         you pursuant to policies of the Company in effect prior to the
         Separation Date.

         (c) Entire Agreement; Prior Agreements. This letter contains the entire
         agreement between yourself and the Company concerning your employment
         and the termination of your employment. In agreeing to the terms of
         this letter, you are not relying upon any written or oral promise or
         representation made to you by any employee or representative of the
         Company, other than the promises contained herein. This letter fully
         supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings between you
         and the Company pertaining to the subject matter addressed in this
         letter, shall continue in full force and effect, and may not be
         amended, superseded, cancelled, or terminated other than in writing and
         unless the writing is signed both by you or your attorney and by the
         Company or its attorney or other designated representative; and

         (d) No Duress. You have not been forced or pressured in any manner
         whatsoever to sign this letter, and you have agreed to all of its terms
         voluntarily. You have read this letter in its entirety and have been
         given at least twenty-one (21) days to consider all of its terms. You
         have been advised to consult with an attorney and any other advisors of
         your choice prior to signing this letter. You fully understand that by
         signing below you are giving up any right which you may have to sue or
         bring any other Claims against the Company, including but not limited
         to the right to sue or bring any other Claims against the Company under
         the ADEA.



         7. Confidentiality of this Letter; Public Statements. You shall keep
this letter and its terms and provisions strictly confidential, except that you
may disclose the terms of this letter, on a need to know basis, to federal,
state or local authorities, legal counsel and financial advisors, provided you
instruct such persons that the information you have disclosed to them is to
remain confidential. The parties have mutually agreed on a joint press release
and internal Company announcement announcing your separation from the Company in
the respective forms attached as Exhibit A hereto (the "Announcements"), each to
be issued as soon as practicable after execution of this letter agreement by
both parties. Except as expressly provided herein or to the extent required by
law, legal process, regulation (including without limitation the rules and
regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission), court order or NASDAQ
Stock Market rule or regulation (or any other stock exchange or quotation system
on which the Company's securities are then publicly traded), after the
Separation Date the parties expressly agree that they will not make, or cause to
be made, any statements, observations or opinions, or communicate any
information (whether oral of written) ("Statements") inconsistent with the
Announcements and/or any required public disclosure pursuant to the foregoing
proviso, as applicable, that references or refers to (a) the terms of your
separation from the Company; (b) the existence of this agreement or (c) any
Statements, including Statements to the press or media, that disparage or are
likely in any way to harm the reputation of each other, which in the case of the
Company shall include any of its respective former, present or future directors,
officers, stockholders or employees and which shall include Statements likely to
damage each other's business opportunities and reputations. In addition, you
hereby agree that you will not speak, present, appear, sell, publish, initiate
contact with the media, make any Statements or otherwise disclose any non-public
information regarding the Company, your separation from the Company and/or any
similar or related topic without the prior written consent of the Company;
provided, however, that the foregoing clause shall not preclude you from
speaking or writing publicly about your role as a co-founder of the Company or
your accomplishments and experiences at the Company provided you do not violate
any of the other restrictions or conditions contained in this letter agreement.
Further, in the event you are contacted by a member of the media seeking
information or comments regarding the Company, you agree that you will
coordinate with the Company's public relations department and/or the Chief
Executive Officer, in addition to any other restrictions or conditions included
within this agreement, prior to responding; provided, however, that the
foregoing clause shall not preclude you from responding to media inquiries about
your role as a co-founder of the Company or your accomplishments and experiences
at the Company provided you do not violate any of the other restrictions or
conditions contained in this letter agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
you acknowledge and agree that the Company will be required to disclose the
existence of this letter agreement and the terms thereof pursuant to the federal
securities laws, including, without limitation, the rules and regulations
promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.



         8. Severability. The provisions of this letter are severable and as
such, if any part of this letter is found to be unenforceable, the remaining
parts shall remain valid and enforceable; provided, however, that if you are
declared entitled to litigate any claims settled by the terms of this letter,
then (as described in Section 4(b) above) you shall remit to the Company the
Consideration paid pursuant to Section 1 (together with interest thereon) prior
to and as a condition precedent to the commencement or continuation of any
proceedings related to such claims.

         9. Successors and Assigns. This letter shall bind and inure to the
benefit of the parties and their respective successors and assigns, legal
representatives and heirs; provided, however, that you may not assign this
Agreement or any of your rights or interest herein, in whole or in part, to any
other person or entity without the prior written consent of the Company.

         10. Choice of Law; Arbitration; Venue. The validity, interpretation,
construction and performance of this letter shall be governed by the laws of the
State of New York. In the event any disputes, claims or controversies relating
to or arising out of this agreement cannot timely be resolved by good faith
negotiations between the parties, the parties hereby agree to refer any such
dispute, claim or controversy, except that which involves a right to injunctive
relief, to any nationally recognized arbitrator selected by the Company for
settlement, which arbitration proceeding shall be kept strictly confidential.
The arbitrator's decisions shall be final and binding upon the parties and
judgment may be entered thereon in any court. All costs and expenses of any such
arbitration proceeding shall be the responsibility of the losing party.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties acknowledge and agree that the
Company will have no adequate remedy at law for any breach or alleged breach by
you of Section 4(d)-(f) or Section 7 of this agreement and that the Company
shall be entitled to injunctive relief, in addition to any other remedies
available at law and/or hereunder, in connection with any breach or alleged
breach by you of your obligations under Section 4(d)-(f) or Section 7 of this
agreement. For the purposes of any suit, action or proceeding involving a right
to injunctive relief, you hereby submit to the jurisdiction of all federal and
state courts sitting in the State of New York, and you further agree that such
courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any suit, action or proceeding
involving a right to injunctive relief.

         11. Effective Date. The agreements described in this letter shall
become effective on the day you sign and deliver this letter to the Company,
except that your agreement to waive any Claims under the ADEA (as described in
Section 4(c) above) shall not become effective until the 8th day following the
date you sign this letter. You may revoke your agreement to waive such ADEA
Claims within seven (7) days after you sign it by delivering written notice of
revocation to me. In the event of such revocation, the total cash value of the
Consideration described in Section 1 above shall be reduced by 25%, in
accordance with Section 4(c). For purposes of calculating the date by which the
Consideration described in Section 1(a) shall be paid, the "Effective Date"
shall be the 8th day following your signature and delivery of this letter.



                                       iVILLAGE INC.

                                       By:  /s/ Steven A. Elkes
                                            Name: Steven A. Elkes
                                            Title: Executive Vice President of
                                            Operations and Business Affairs



         By signing this letter agreement, I acknowledge that I have had the
opportunity to review this agreement carefully with an attorney of my choice;
that I have read this agreement and understand the terms of the agreement; and
that I voluntarily agree to them.

/s/ Nancy Evans
Nancy Evans




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                 iVillage Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief Departs

NEW YORK - July XX, 2003 - iVillage Inc. (NasdaqSC: IVIL), a leading women's
media company and the number one source for women's information online, today
announced that Nancy Evans, iVillage Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, has
resigned from iVillage and from the Company's Board of Directors.

Ms. Evans commented, "It's been a glorious eight years - defying the odds to
create a platform of lasting consequence for women, working with the most
wonderful colleagues on the planet and serving the millions of women who inspire
and delight. But boy is it time to move on to do a few more things from what
iVillage women call the 'forever' projects list."

Douglas W. McCormick, iVillage Chairman and CEO said, "From the very first day
to the present, Nancy has been a tremendous asset to iVillage, her editorial
sensibilities and talent helped to define the Internet for women. She has built
an editorial staff that continues to produce award-winning content and that is
the strongest it has ever been. We accept her decision and have the greatest
gratitude and appreciation for the role she played here."

iVillage's editorial staff will assume Ms. Evans' responsibilities.

About iVillage Inc.
iVillage Inc. is a leading women's media company and the number one source for
women's information online. iVillage operates the Web site, Networks, Inc. (operator of the Web site), iVillage
Parenting Network, Inc., Public Affairs Group, Inc.,, Inc.,
iVillage Consulting (formerly iVillage Solutions), and Knowledgeweb, Inc.
(operator of the Web site). and are leading
women's online destinations providing practical solutions and everyday support
for women 18 and over. iVillage Parenting Network is a holding company for
Lamaze Publishing Company, a publisher of advertiser supported educational
materials for expectant and new parents, and iVillage Integrated Properties,
Inc., the operator of The Newborn Channel, a satellite television network
broadcast in over 1,050 hospitals nationwide, and the publisher of Baby Steps
magazine. Public Affairs Group is comprised of three divisions: Business Women's
Network, Diversity Best Practices and Best Practices in Corporate
Communications, each offering extensive databases of pertinent information to
subscribing companies and members. provides promotions and direct
marketing programs that are integrated with customers' offline marketing

<PAGE> is organized into channels and communities across multiple topics
of high importance to women and offers interactive services, peer support,
content and online access to experts and tailored shopping opportunities. The
major content areas include Babies, Beauty, Diet & Fitness, Entertainment, Food,
Health, Home & Garden, Horoscopes, Money, Parenting, Pets, Pregnancy, Quizzes,
Relationships and Work. iVillage facilitates use across content areas by
providing a similar look and feel within each area and across the network,
resulting in a consistent and strongly branded Web site.

Established in 1995 and headquartered in New York City, iVillage Inc. (NasdaqSC:
IVIL) is recognized as an industry leader in developing innovative sponsorship
and commerce relationships that match the desire of marketers to reach women
with the needs of members for relevant information and services.
Membership to is free and provides features such as personal
homepages, message boards and other community tools.

Page views for the iVillage network of Web sites have grown to a monthly average
of over 420 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003. In May 2003, according
to comScore Media Metrix, iVillage ranked 31st among the top 100 Web and Digital
Media properties with nearly 15 million unique visitors in the United States and
had an average reach of approximately 10% of the total online population. Also
according to comScore Media Metrix, during this period visitors returned an
average of nearly 2 times per month.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995: iVillage Inc. has included in this press release certain "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995 concerning iVillage's business, operations and financial condition. The
words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "may depend", "believes",
"estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify
such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to
various known and unknown risks and uncertainties and iVillage cautions you that
any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of iVillage is not a
guarantee of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from
those anticipated in such forward-looking statements due to a number of factors,
some of which are beyond iVillage's control, in addition to those discussed in
iVillage's other press releases, public filings and statements by iVillage's
management, including (i) the volatile and competitive nature of the media
industry, (ii) changes in domestic and foreign economic, political and market
conditions, (iii) the effect of federal, state and foreign regulation on
iVillage's business, (iv) the impact of recent and future acquisitions and joint
ventures on iVillage's business and financial condition, (v) iVillage's ability
to establish and maintain relationships with advertisers, sponsors, and other
third party providers and partners, and (vi) the impact of pending litigation on
iVillage's business and financial condition. All such forward-looking statements
are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. iVillage
does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking
statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such
statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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iVillage Inc.
Carl Fischer