Covering your podcast is of negligible cost to a large company: there are no minimum terms or residuals for scripted audio contracts, and the company’s only financial obligation is to make pension and health contributions on your behalf. And asking to get your podcast Guild-covered is very low-risk for you, because it has no effect on the reason that the company wants to work with you: the potential of your work to be lucrative. Your request might be denied, but there is little risk beyond that.
If you are in negotiations with a large company, please contact Director of Organizing Justin Molito at email@example.com to discuss how to ask for Guild-coverage and what to communicate to the company. The conversation and its content will be kept strictly confidential.
I am not the only writer working on my scripted podcast. Can it still be Guild-covered?
Yes. If the company employing you becomes signatory to the Guild contract, then all writers working on that project will be covered under that agreement. Solidarity is also a powerful tool in any negotiation: the company is more likely to agree to your request for coverage if you make the demand in unison, so please contact Director of Organizing Justin Molito at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to talk about Guild coverage with your fellow writers.