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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

        THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT is made as of the 26th day of June, 1998, by
and between PLANET HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL, INC., a Delaware corporation,
hereinafter referred to as the "Company," and WILLIAM H. BAUMHAUER, hereinafter
referred to as the "Employee."

        NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements
herein contained, the monies to be paid hereunder, and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the
parties hereto agree as follows:

        1. TERM OF EMPLOYMENT. The Company hereby employs Employee and Employee
hereby accepts employment with the Company for a period of three (3) years
commencing on that date which Employee reports to work at the Company, which
date is anticipated to be within sixty (60) days from the date hereof; provided,
however, that this Agreement may be terminated earlier as hereinafter set forth.

        2. DUTIES OF EMPLOYEE; EXCLUSIVITY. Employee is hereby hired and
employed by the Company as its President and Chief Operating Officer, to perform
the duties and accept the responsibilities as are assigned to him by the
Company's Chief Executive Officer and the Company's Board of Directors.
Employee's duties will include such duties as are normally performed by an
executive officer of similar rank as a president and chief operating officer in
the restaurant and hospitality industry, including responsibility for the
day-to-day operations of the Company. Employee will report to the Company's
Chief Executive Officer and the Company's Board of Directors. The Company's
Chief Executive Officer shall nominate Employee for election to the Company's
Board of Directors subject to the approval of the Company's entire Board of
Directors, and if so confirmed by the entire Board of Directors (subject to
shareholder approval, as applicable), Employee agrees to serve on the Company's
Board of Directors. Employee shall devote substantially all of his productive
time, ability and attention to the business of the Company during the term of
this Agreement. During the term of this Agreement, Employee will not engage in
any other business activity during business hours without the written consent of
the Company.

        3. COMPENSATION. As compensation for services rendered under this
Agreement, Employee shall be entitled to receive from the Company a base salary
of Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($525,000.00) per year, payable in
accordance with the normal payroll practices of the Company. In addition to his
base salary, the Company may pay Employee bonuses from time to time as
determined by the Company's Board of Directors. Employee's compensation shall be
reviewed not less than annually by the Company's Board of Directors.


        4.     EMPLOYEE BENEFITS.

               (a) Employee shall be entitled to receive all benefits generally
made available to the senior executives of the Company.

               (b) Employee shall be entitled to participate in the Company's
stock option plan for its employees and executive officers. Pursuant to a
separate stock option agreement entered into after the Company's stock option
committee has had an opportunity to meet, but in no event later than ninety (90)
days of the date hereof, Employee shall be granted options to purchase seven
hundred fifty thousand (750,000) shares of the Company's common stock (the
"Employee Options"). As more fully described in said separate stock option
agreement, the Employee Options shall be exercisable at a price equal to the
fair market value of the Company's common stock on the date of the granting of
the Employee Options. Except as otherwise expressly described herein, the
Employee Options shall "vest" to Employee, and therefore become non-forfeitable,
in accordance with the terms and provisions of the separate stock option
agreement; provided that the Company's standard vesting schedule shall be
modified as follows:

                      (i) On that date which is one (1) year after the date of
this Agreement, Employee shall vest in two hundred fifty thousand (250,000)
Employee Options;

                      (ii) On that date which is two (2) years after the date of
this Agreement, Employee shall vest in an additional two hundred fifty thousand
(250,000) Employee Options; and

                      (iii) On that date which is three (3) years after the date
of this Agreement, Employee shall vest in the remaining two hundred fifty
thousand (250,000) Employee Options.

               (c) The Company shall reimburse Employee, on a grossed up basis
(taking into account the federal income tax liability resulting to Employee from
such payments), for his reasonable out-of-pocket moving expenses incurred in
relocating to the Orlando, Florida area. Such expenses shall include, but not be
limited to, those relating to the relocation of Employee's family and Employee's
personal property.

               (d) During the transition of Employee's residence to the Orlando,
Florida area, the Company shall pay Employee's reasonable housing and other
living expenses incurred in connection therewith, for a period not to exceed
twelve (12) months. These monies shall be in addition to those moving expenses
described in Section 4(c) above.


               (e) The Company will pay Employee a reasonable automobile
allowance for the use of Employee's automobile for business purposes of the
Company. Employee agrees to keep his own automobile maintained and repaired in
good driving condition. Employee agrees to maintain insurance, at his own
expense, on his automobile in amounts acceptable to the Company. A certification
of Employee's insurance showing such coverage shall be filed with the Company.

        5. VACATION. Employee shall be entitled to annual vacation at full pay
in accordance with the Company's vacation and leave policies for its senior
executives in effect from time to time. Subject to such policies, the time and
duration for such vacation shall be selected by Employee at his discretion.

        6. REIMBURSEMENT OF EMPLOYEE EXPENSES. Employee shall be expected to
incur various business expenses customarily incurred by persons holding like
positions, including, but not limited to, traveling, entertainment and similar
expenses, all of which are to be incurred by Employee for the benefit of the
Company. Subject to the Company's policy regarding the reimbursement of such
expenses, the Company shall promptly reimburse Employee for such expenses at
Employee's request, and Employee shall account to Company for such expenses.


               (a) Employee will not at any time, in any fashion, form or
manner, either directly or indirectly, divulge, disclose, or communicate to any
person, firm, or corporation, or other entity or utilize for his own benefit, in
any manner whatsoever, any trade secrets or any confidential information of any
kind, nature, or description concerning any matters affecting or relating to the
business of the Company and its affiliates or their manner of operation, or
their confidential plans, processes or other data of any kind, nature or

               (b) All tangible confidential information and other confidential
documentation, either directly or indirectly coming into the possession of
Employee in the course of his employment, including all copies thereof or
reproductions or drawings made therefrom, shall remain the property of the
Company and shall be returned immediately upon any termination of Employee's
employment. Thereafter, Employee shall not reduce to writing or otherwise record
any of the proprietary or confidential information disclosed to him during his

               (c) Employee shall not purposefully interfere with the Company's
suppliers, customers or other business relations by using the Company's internal
data in a damaging or derogatory manner that would potentially damage the
Company's relationships with such parties.

               (d) The Company and Employee hereby stipulate that, as between
them, the foregoing matters are important, material, and confidential, and
gravely affect the effectiveness and successful conduct of the business of the
Company, and its goodwill, and that any breach of the terms of this Section is a
material breach of this Agreement.


               (e) The obligations of Employee pursuant to this Section shall
survive any termination of Employee's employment with the Company and shall
remain in effect for one (1) year following the date of termination.

        8. NON-COMPETITION BY EMPLOYEE. During the term of this Agreement and
for one (1) year following the termination of this Agreement for any reason
other than pursuant to Section 11 or Section 12(a), Employee shall not, directly
or indirectly, either as an employee, employer, consultant, agent, principal,
partner, stockholder (other than owning fewer than one percent (1%) of the
outstanding shares of a public corporation), corporate officer, director, or any
other individual or representative capacity, engage or participate in any
business that is in the business of owning, operating or franchising, either
directly or indirectly, a "Themed Establishment". For purposes of this Section,
a "Themed Establishment" shall mean any chain of themed (whether movie, sports,
music or otherwise) restaurants, bars, casinos, or lodging or entertainment
complexes that serve either food or beverages for onsite consumption) anywhere
in the world.

        9. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. It is acknowledged and agreed that, in the event
the provisions of this Agreement are breached by Employee, the extent of actual
damages sustained by the Company or its assignee will be difficult of
ascertainment, though great and irreparable, for which any remedy at law would
be inadequate. Therefore, the parties hereto expressly agree that the Company
shall have a right to seek injunctive relief for breach of any of the terms
hereof, plus damages for such breach to the maximum extent permitted by law.

        10. TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY FOR CAUSE. The Company may, at its
option, without prejudice to any other remedy to which the Company may be
entitled either at law or in equity under this Agreement, terminate this
Agreement by giving written notice of termination to Employee in the event that:

               (a) Employee is convicted of, pleads guilty to, or pleads NOLO
CONTENDRE to a felony crime involving moral turpitude;

               (b) Employee is found guilty of or pleads no contest to fraud,
conversion, embezzlement, falsifying records or reports, or a similar crime
involving the Company's property; or

               (c)    Employee willfully breaches this Agreement.

        In the event Employee's termination shall be effective under this
Section, Employee shall not be entitled to receive any further compensation or
benefits under the terms hereof.


        11. TERMINATION BY THE COMPANY WITHOUT CAUSE. If the Company terminates
Employee "without cause," which shall mean for any reason other than as set
forth in Section 10, Employee shall: (a) be paid an amount equal to his base
salary in effect at the time of termination for thirty-six (36) months after the
date of termination and (b) become fully "vested" under the terms of the stock
option agreement executed and delivered along with this Agreement.


               (a) Employee may, at his option, after complying with this
Section, terminate this Agreement in the event of a material breach of the terms
of this Agreement by the Company. A "material breach" by the Company shall
include, but shall not be limited to, a change in control of the Company.
Employee shall be required to give written notice to the Company setting forth
with PARTICULARITY the nature of the material breach. The Company shall have
thirty (30) days following its receipt of Employee's written notice in which to
cure its breach before Employee's termination of this Agreement shall be
effective. In the event Employee's termination shall be effective under this
Section 12(a), Employee shall: (i) be entitled to receive his base salary in
effect at the time of termination for thirty-six (36) months after the date of
termination and (ii) become fully "vested" under the terms of the stock option
agreement executed and delivered along with this Agreement.

               (b) If Employee terminates this Agreement for any reason other
than a material breach, he shall not be entitled to receive any further
compensation or benefits under the terms hereof.

        13. ATTORNEYS' FEES. In the event any litigation or controversy arises
out of or in connection with this Agreement between the parties hereto, the
prevailing party in such litigation or controversy shall be entitled to recover
from the other party or parties all reasonable attorneys' fees, expenses and
suit costs, including those associated with any appellate or post judgment
collection proceedings.

        14. TIME OF ESSENCE. Time is of the essence of this Agreement and each
covenant and condition contained herein.

        15. NOTICES AND DEMANDS. Any notice or demand which, by any provision of
this Agreement or any agreement, document, or instrument executed pursuant
hereto, except as otherwise provided therein, is required or provided to be
given shall be deemed to have been sufficiently given or served for all purposes
if sent by certified or registered mail, postage and charges prepaid, to the
following addresses: IF TO THE COMPANY, 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando, Florida
32819, Attention: General Counsel, with a copy to Byrd F. Marshall, Jr.,
Esquire, Gray, Harris & Robinson, 201 E. Pine Street, Suite 1200, Orlando,
Florida 32801, or at any other address designated by the Company to Employee in
writing, and IF TO EMPLOYEE, 34 Chandler Road, Boxford, Massachusetts 01921, or
at any other address designated by Employee to the Company in writing.


        16. SEVERABILITY. In case any covenant, condition, term or provision
contained in this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal, or
unenforceable in any respect, in whole or in part, by judgment, order or decree
of any court or other judicial tribunal of competent jurisdiction, from which
judgment, order or decree no further appeal or petition for review is available,
the validity of the remaining covenants, conditions, terms and provisions
contained in this Agreement, and the validity of the remaining part of any term
or provision held to be partially invalid, illegal or unenforceable, shall in no
way be affected, prejudiced, or disturbed thereby.

        17. WAIVER OR MODIFICATION. No waiver or modification of this Agreement
or of any covenant, condition or limitation herein contained shall be valid
unless in writing and duly executed by the party to be charged therewith.
Furthermore, no evidence of any waiver or modification shall be offered or
received in evidence in any proceeding, arbitration or litigation between the
parties arising out of or affecting this Agreement, or the rights or obligations
of any party hereunder, unless such waiver or modification is in writing and
duly executed as aforesaid. The provisions of this Section may not be waived
except as herein set forth.

        18. COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and
supersedes any and all previous agreements between the parties, whether written
or oral, with respect to such subject matter.

        19. APPLICABLE LAW, BINDING EFFECT AND VENUE. This Agreement shall be
construed and regulated under and by the laws of the State of Florida, and shall
inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their heirs,
personal representatives, successors and assigns. Venue for any action related
to or arising out of this Agreement shall lie in Orange County, Florida.

        20. SECTION AND PARAGRAPH HEADINGS. Section and paragraph headings used
throughout this Agreement are for reference and convenience and in no way
define, limit or describe the scope or intent of this Agreement or affect its

or more copies of this Agreement may be executed by one or more of the parties
hereto. In such event, all of such executed copies shall have the same force and
effect as the executed original and all of such counterparts taken together
shall have the effect of a fully executed original.

        22. NUMBER AND GENDER. Whenever used herein, singular numbers shall
include the plural, the plural the singular, and the use of any gender shall
include all genders.


        23. FURTHER ASSURANCES. Each of the parties hereto agree that they shall
sign such additional and supplemental documents as may be necessary to implement
the transactions contemplated pursuant to this Agreement when requested to do so
by any party to this Agreement.

        Signed as of the day first written above with the intent to be legally

                                    PLANET HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL,  INC.,
                                     a Delaware corporation

                                        Robert I. Earl, President


                                    William H. Baumhauer