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Agreement for Compressed Transponder Services - Califa Entertainment Group Inc. and Playboy Entertainment Group Inc.

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                                  AGREEMENT FOR

      THIS SERVICES AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made and entered into
effective as of March 15, 1999 and between Califa Entertainment Group, Inc.,
("Califa"), and Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc. ("Playboy"). (Califa and
Playboy are together referred to as the "Parties".)


         WHEREAS, pursuant to a Transponder Service Agreement between Califa and
Loral Skynet ("Loral") dated February 8, 1998 (the "Loral Agreement") Califa
obtained transponder services on fully-protected transponder 5 (the
"Transponder") of the C-Band Telstar 5 satellite.

      WHEREAS, the Service agreement shall not become effective until the
closing of that certain merger between Playboy Enterprises, Inc. and Spice
Entertainment Companies, Inc. ("Spice") (the "Closing").

      WHEREAS, pursuant to Satellite Services Agreements, one between Califa and
Directrix, Inc. ("Directrix"), and the other between Playboy and Directrix,
Directrix shall, among other things, digitally compress the analog transponder
signal into multiple digital streams (the "Mandatory Services Agreements")

      WHEREAS, the Mandatory Services Agreements shall not become effective
until the Closing.

      WHEREAS, The Transponder signal shall be compressed into four (4) digital
steams, of which Playboy shall utilize three (3) streams and Califa shall
utilize one (1) stream, and Playboy and Califa shall share one (1) spare stream.
The parties intend to add additional capacity commencing at or about June 1,1999
that will increase the total channel capacity to eight (8) channels. Playboy
shall utilize four (4) of such eight (8) channels, and Califa shall utilize two
(2) of such eight (8) channels, and Playboy and Califa shall each have one (1)
spare stream exclusively. Playboy shall be solely entitled to any additional
capacity added thereafter.

      WHEREAS, it shall be a condition precedent to the effectiveness of this
Agreement that the Closing occur.

      NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and of the mutual
covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, the Parties hereby agree as

1. Provision of Services. Califa hereby agrees to provide 24 hour a day
transponder services to Playboy for digitally compressed television channels on
the Transponder (such services are referred to as the "Compressed Transponder

2. Term. The Compressed Transponder Services shall be effective simultaneously
with the Loral Agreement and shall continue up to and including the termination
date of the Loral Agreement with Loral (the "Term"), unless terminated earlier
as provided herein.

3. Service Fees; Option for Additional Services.

      3.1 Playboy shall pay service fees ("Fee") to Califa during the Term for
the Compressed Transponder Services of Seventy-Two Thousand, Five Hundred
Dollars ($72,500) payable monthly to Califa, prorated for any period of less
than a month. Fees shall be payable five days in advance of each month during
the Term. Playboy may, at its sole discretion, opt to increase the


channel capacity on the Transponder, in which case Playboy agrees to solely bear
such cost, as well as the cost of any additional capacity thereafter, provided
that Playboy shall be entitled to all such additional capacity other than the
one (1) additional stream (bringing Califa's total channel capacity to two
channels) and the one (1) spare stream to be utilized exclusively by Califa, as
mentioned hereinabove. In the event that Playboy opts to not increase channel
capacity, then Califa shall have the right to a second digital stream on the
Transponder commencing no later than June 1, 1999.

      3.2 Califa agrees that it shall not exercise the option to acquire
capacity on an additional transponder pursuant to paragraph 3.1 of the Loral
Agreement without prior written consent from Playboy, and that any additional
capacity acquired on another transponder shall be deemed automatically assigned
to Playboy hereunder. Califa shall, upon Playboy's request, however, exercise
such option. Playboy shall remit to Califa the fees set forth in the Loral
Agreement for any additional capacity.

4. Representations and Warranties.

      4.1 Califa and Playboy each represents and warrants to the other that (i)
each is organized and validly existing under the laws of the State of their
formation, (ii) each has all necessary power and authority to enter into this
Agreement and has taken all requisite corporate action, as appropriate, to
approve the execution, delivery, and performance of this Agreement, and (iii)
this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid, and binding obligation of the Parties
in" accordance with its terms.

      4.2 Califa hereby represents and warrants that the Service Agreement shall
be in full force and effect as of the date of the Closing and Califa has not
received any notices from any third party to the contrary.

5. Limitation of Liability.

      5.1 Neither Party to this Agreement shall be held liable or responsible
for the degradation or failure or any Compressed Transponder Services or
signals, contracts, obligations, or facilities if caused by an act of God,
weather, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, casualty, lockout, boycott, strike
or other labor dispute, riot, civil commotion, failure or technical
difficulties, acts of public enemy, enactment, order, rule, or action of any
international, federal, state or local government agency, or instrumentality,
failure of electrical or telephone power transmission lines or facilities, or
any other cause beyond the reasonable control of either Party. Upon the
happening of any of the above-described events, the Parties shall promptly
notify each other of said event and shall thereafter use their best efforts to
perform their obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

      5.2 Except as otherwise provided for in 6.3, both Parties expressly
acknowledge and agree that in no event shall a Party be liable to any third
party whatsoever in contract, tort, or any other theory at law, or in equity,
for any damages of any nature arising out of any breach or alleged breach by
such Party of its obligations under this Agreement, including but not limited
to, the use by Playboy of the Compressed Transponder Service, as provided

      5.3 Neither party shall, under the foregoing or any other circumstances,
be liable for incidental, consequential or special damages, including, without
limitation, loss of profits or revenues, damage to or loss of personal property
or claim of the other party.

6. Indemnification.


      6.1 Playboy and Califa shall each indemnify, defend and forever hold the
other, its affiliated corporations and other entities, partners, officers,
directors, employees and agents (collectively the "Indemnitees") harmless from
all liabilities, claims, costs, damages and expenses (including without
limitation, reasonable counsel fees of counsel of the applicable party's choice)
(collectively "Claims") of third parties arising from the performance of each
party hereunder, provided that in each case where such indemnification is

      a) the Indemnitee promptly notifies the other of the Claim to which the
      indemnification relates;

      b) the party giving indemnification rights to the other shall control
      fully any litigation, compromise, settlement or other resolution or
      disposition of such Claim; and

      c) the Indemnitee fully cooperates with the reasonable requests of the
      other party in its defense of such claim.

      6.2. Notwithstanding the above, Playboy's indemnification of Califa will
be valid in the event of a prosecution or claim involving an allegation of
violation of the laws insofar as the content of the any channel for which
Playboy is utilizing the Compressed Transponder services is concerned, only in
the event each of the following conditions is met:

      a) Immediate telephone contact be made with both the General Counsel's
      office of Playboy in Chicago at (312) 751-8000 and Playboy's President in
      Beverly Hills at (310) 246-4000, or other numbers hereafter specified by
      Playboy. Such telephone notification should be immediately followed with a
      letter containing copies of all papers that have been served and giving
      complete information then available regarding the incident.

      b) Playboy shall have the right to approve Califa's choice of counsel and
      to determine in advance the terms of retention.

      c) Playboy will assist in defended actions only and will not be
      responsible in cases where there is any admission of guilt by anyone
      charged with violation of the law as to the content of Service
      programming. Settlement or dismissal of any case will not be allowed,
      except with Playboy's prior written consent.

      d) Actual or prospective parties involved in such prosecution shall make
      no voluntary disclosure regarding support or lack thereof by Playboy under
      this policy.

7. Termination. This agreement shall terminate prior to the expiration of the
Term only in the event that the Loral Agreement is terminated. Califa shall not
have the right to terminate the Loral Agreement for any reason, including for
reasons of Loral's breach, without prior written approval of Playboy. In the
event that any circumstances arise pursuant to the Loral Agreement that allow
Califa to terminate the Agreement, including for Loral's failure to meet the
performance standards set forth therein, Califa shall be obligated to terminate
the Loral Agreement if so requested by Playboy and seek transponder services
from another provider approved by Playboy.

8. General Provisions.

      10.1 Counterparts. This agreement may be executed in one or more
counterpart copies. Each counterpart copy shall constitute an agreement and all
of the counterpart copies shall constitute one fully executed agreement. This
Agreement may be executed on facsimile counterparts. The signature of any party
to any counterpart shall be deemed a signature to, and may be appended to, any
other counterpart.


      10.2 Assignment. Califa may not assign this Agreement without Playboy's
prior written consent. Furthermore, Califa agrees that Playboy shall have the
option, exercisable at any time upon the payment of Five Thousand Dollars
($5,000) consideration, to compel Califa to assign Califa's rights and
obligations under the Loral Agreement (provided Loral consents to such
assignment as provided in the Loral agreement) to a third party designated by
Playboy. In the event Califa's rights and obligations under the Loral agreement
are assigned to another party, this Agreement shall be deemed automatically
assigned by Califa to such other party. Playboy may assign this Agreement
provided prompt notice of such assignment is provided to Califa of such

      10.3 Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
between the parties hereto, and may not be modified or changed except in a
writing executed by all parties hereto. This Agreement supersedes any prior
written or oral understanding between the parties. Each party acknowledges that
it is entering into this Agreement in reliance only upon the provisions herein
set forth, and not upon any covenants, representations, warranties or other
considerations not set forth herein.

      10.4 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted
under the laws of the State of California.

      10.5 Notices. All notices or other formal communications under this
Agreement must be in writing. They may be sent by personal delivery, facsimile,
prepaid recognized overnight air express delivery or prepaid certified mail,
return receipt requested. The notices and other formal communications should be
sent to the attention of the following persons:

            (a)   Playboy: 9242 Beverly Blvd., 3rd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA
                  Attn. Jim English

                  With a copy to: Bill Tillson, 2467 Nalin Drive, Los Angeles,
                  CA 90077

            (b)   Califa: 15500 Erwin Street, Suite 247, Van Nuys, CA 91411;
                  Attn: Steve Hirsch

                  With a copy to: Lipsitz, Green, Gahringer, Roll, Salisbury and
                  42 Delaware Avenue, Suite 300, Buffalo, NY 14202
                  Attn: Paul Cambria, Esq.

      10.6 Headings, etc. Paragraph headings are for convenience only. If any
provision of this Agreement is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction,
the provision shall, as to that jurisdiction only, be ineffective to the extent
of the prohibition or unenforcability without invalidating the remaining

      10.7 No Waiver. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement by either
party shall be deemed to be a waiver of any other provision hereof, or of any
subsequent similar breach or default by the other. All remedies hereunder shall
be cumulative and not exclusive.

      10.8 Relationship of Parties. It is expressly understood and agreed that
the execution and performance of this Agreement shall not be construed to create
a relationship between the Parties as partners, joint ventures, or as principal
and agent. Neither Party shall have any authority to bind the other in any

      10.9. Severability. In the event any provision or portion of this
Agreement shall be deemed invalid, canceled, or unenforceable, the remaining
rights and obligations of the Parties


under this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall be
construed and enforced accordingly.

      10.10 Confidentiality. Neither Playboy nor Califa shall disclose to any
third party (other than its respective employees, in their capacity as such),
without the other party's written approval, any information with respect to the
terms and provisions of this Agreement except: (i) to the extent necessary to
comply with law or the valid order of a court of competent jurisdiction, in
which event the party making such disclosure shall so notify the other and shall
seek confidential treatment of such information, (ii) as part of its normal
reporting or review procedure to its parent company, its auditors and its
attorneys, provided, however, that such parent company, auditors and attorneys
agree to be bound by the provisions of this paragraph and (iii) in order to
enforce its rights pursuant to this Agreement.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
executed by their respective duly authorized officers.


By: /s/ Steven Hirsch

Name: Steven Hirsch

Title: President

Date: 3/11/99



By: /s/ Anthony J. Lynn

Name: Anthony J. Lynn

Title: President

Date: 3/10/99