Mel Damski (born July 21, 1946 in New York, New York) is an American film director and film producer.  Damski was born in New York, New York having Northern European Jewish heritage, one of four children of German refugee parents. Damski grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, New York and attended Colgate University on a football scholarship. He was a reporter for Long Island Newsday before moving to Los Angeles to attend The American Film Institute in 1972.

Currently Damski is the Producing-Director of “Psych”.  In additional to his long directing career, including 29 movies and scores of episodes, he has taught film and television at NYU, USC and AFI. He is also President of Lyrique Wine Company, a small family owned winery.

In 1998, Damski, along with Andrea Blaugrund, was nominated for an Academy Award for  Best Documentary Short Subject for the film Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. In 1981, Damski was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding directing in a drama series for the film American Dream. In 1979, Damski was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding directing in a drama series for the television series Lou Grant (1977) for the episode ‘Murder’.

Mel’s column “If I Ran The Zoo” runs every Wednesday in the La Conner Weekly News and a week later on this blog.