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     This Agreement (this "Agreement") is made as of the 16th day of October,
1996, by and between Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (the "Company") and Anthony J.
Lynn ("Employee").

                              W I T N E S S E T H:
                              - - - - - - - - - -

     WHEREAS, the Company and Employee are parties to that certain agreement
dated May 21, 1992, as amended (the "Employment Agreement"); and

     WHEREAS, the Company and Employee desire to amend the Employment Agreement
to incorporate and reflect all amendments to the date of this Agreement and to
amend such other provisions of the Employment Agreement as are hereinafter set

     NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual covenants, and
subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the parties hereto agree
as follows:

     1.  Defined Terms.  All capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined
herein shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Employment

     2.  Amendments to Employment Agreement.  The Employment Agreement is hereby
amended as follows:

     2.01  Paragraphs 3.B., 3.D., 12.C. and 12.E. of the Employment Agreement
are hereby terminated and severed from the Employment Agreement, and shall have
no further force or effect from and after the date hereof.  From and after the
date of this Agreement, Employee's rights to any compensation in the nature of
Contingent Compensation or Equity Bonuses shall be governed exclusively by the
1996 Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Incentive Compensation Plan for Anthony J. Lynn
(the "Plan), a copy of which has been provided to Employee.  Employee
understands and agrees that his entitlement to Contingent Compensation and
Equity Bonuses for periods after June 30, 1996 is subject to, and contingent
upon, approval by the Company's stockholders of the Plan at the Company's annual
meeting of stockholders scheduled to be held November 13, 1996, and any and all
rights thereunder shall be void and of no force and effect should the Company's
stockholders not approve the Plan.

     2.02  From and after the date of this Agreement, all references in this
Agreement and the Employment Agreement to (a)  "Contingent Compensation" shall
mean "Post-1997 Contingent Compensation" and "1997 Contingent Compensation" (as
defined in the Plan), (b) "Equity Bonus" shall mean and include the terms

"Post-1997 Equity Bonus" and "1997 Equity Bonus" (as defined in the Plan), (c)
"Equity Disposition Transactions" shall mean and include "Equity Disposition
Transaction" and "1997 Equity Disposition Transaction" (as defined in the Plan),
(d) "Pre-tax Profits" shall mean and include "Pre-tax Profits" and "1997 Pre-tax
Profits" (as defined in the Plan), and (e) "Profits Base" shall mean "Profits
Base" (as defined in the Plan).

          2.03  Paragraph 2 of the Employment Agreement is hereby amended by
amending and restating such Paragraph in its entirety as follows:

          "2.  TERM:

               The term of this Agreement shall commence on July 1, 1996 and
          shall continue until June 30, 2000 or the date upon which this
          Agreement is terminated pursuant to the provisions of paragraphs 8 -
          11 below, whichever occurs first (the "Employment Term")."

          2.04  Paragraph 3.A. of the Employment Agreement is hereby amended by
amending and restating such Paragraph in its entirety as follows:

          "A.  Basic Compensation:  Employee shall receive annual basic
     compensation as follows ("Basic Compensation") and payable bi-weekly
     pursuant to the Company's normal payroll practices:

               (i)   July 1, 1996 through June 1, 1997 - Five Hundred Twenty-
     Five Thousand Dollars ($525,000); and

               (ii)  July 1, 1997 through June 30, 2000 - Five Hundred Fifty
     Thousand Dollars ($550,000)."

          2.05  Paragraph 12.D. of the Employment Agreement is hereby amended by
amending and restating such Paragraph in its entirety as follows:

          "D.  If Employee's employment with the Company is terminated by the
     Company without cause as provided in Paragraph 10 above, then Employee
     shall only be entitled to receive, and the Company shall unconditionally
     pay to Employee without offset of any kind or nature, except as described
     below, a one-time severance payment equal to your Basic Compensation in the
     fiscal year in which such termination occurs.

               Any amounts payable to Employee pursuant to this paragraph 12.D.
     will be reduced by any amounts paid to Employee pursuant to Employee's
     Change in Control Severance Agreement dated as of June 1, 1992."


          3.  Miscellaneous.

          3.01  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, and all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

          3.02  Ratification.  The Employment Agreement as hereby amended is in
all respects ratified and confirmed, and, as amended, all of the rights and
powers created thereby or thereunder shall be and remain in full force and

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

                                    PLAYBOY ENTERPRISES, INC.

                                By:/s/Howard Shapiro

                                    /s/Anthony J. Lynn
                                    Anthony J. Lynn