The Writers Guild of America West has moved its Feb. 19 awards show to the Hollywood Palladium from the Century Plaza in response to a union boycott of the hotel.
Guild had indicated earlier that its kudofest would move away from the hotel, one of nine sites targeted by the Unite Here union of hotel workers. The WGA East will hold simultaneous ceremonies at the Pierre Hotel in Gotham.
The boycott was announced in mid-November, and the WGA, DGA, Producers Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers have all decided to switch from the Century Plaza. The DGA’s Jan. 29 event will be held at the Beverly Hilton and the PGA’s at Culver Studios on Jan. 22; the ASC hasn’t yet settled on a new location for its Feb. 20 event.
In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has switched its Feb. 12 scientific and technical awards dinner from the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel — another venue targeted for a union boycott — to the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
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The Los Angeles hotel workers have been without a contract since July. They want better wages plus a deal that would expire in 2006, the same time as contracts with hotels in nine other major cities; the hotels oppose a joint termination date.
The WGA will announce its screenwriting nominations Wednesday.