Writers Guild also changes ceremony location

Hollywood unions and trade orgs are ditching the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for their award shows due to a labor dispute.

The Directors Guild of America, citing the hotel’s talks with the Unite Here union, announced Wednesday that it has shifted its Jan. 29 awards show from the Century Plaza to the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

The Writers Guild of America West is moving its Feb. 5 show to the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, and the American Society of Cinematographers has transferred its Feb. 13 kudofest to Hollywood and Highland.

And sources close to the Producers Guild of America indicated that the org has also decided to change locations from the Century Plaza, but details were unavailable.

“The awards were originally scheduled for the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, where they have been held in years past,” the DGA said in a statement. “However, amid ongoing labor discussions between Hyatt Regency and the union representing hotel workers, Unite Here, the decision was made to move to the Hollywood and Highland complex.”

David Horowitz, general manager of the Century Plaza, told Daily Variety that the hotel chain is in a dispute with the union over the issue of being able to organize other non-union Hyatt locations through the card-check process.

“They’ve been intimidating and forcing other organizations to support the union,” Horowitz told Daily Variety. “The guilds are cancelling because they don’t want a picket to disrupt their events.”

Unite Here announced on Sept. 15 that Hyatt workers at three area hotels — the Century Plaza, the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood and the Hyatt Regency Long Beach — had called for a boycott due to the dispute. And the Intl. Cinematographers Guild had announced around that time that its Publicist Guild Awards on Feb. 25 would be at the Beverly Hilton after holding this year’s event at the Century Plaza.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to get this level of support from our sister unions,” said Unite Here spokeswoman Leigh Shelton. She noted that the union had first contacted the orgs several months ago.

Unite Here picketed the Nov. 13 gala-auction for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at the hotel, prompting that org to announce that it wouldn’t return to the Century Plaza in 2011.

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