Sponsors Shuffle for Sundance 2010

Top tier remains intact; YouTube gone.

Last Updated: November 27, 2009 @ 5:43 AM

If you want a bellwether of how the economy is going, look at the sponsorship announcement of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

The top tier of "presenting sponsors" remains intact — Entertainment Weekly, HP and Honda — though the Sundance Channel (last year listed as a "group partner") has been bumped up to the highest level.

It’s on the second level, the "leadership sponsors," where there’s a major change. American Express, DirecTV and Microsoft are all back. But YouTube/Google is gone, and Delta Airlines has left — to be replaced by Southwest Airlines.

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