Daniel Mananta is an indonesian entertainer; his name began to be known when he won the MTV VJ Hunt 2003 competition. The first child of two brothers increasingly established himself as an entertainer as well as a young entrepreneur with this clothing line "Damn! I love Indonesia".
Daniel grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. From kindergarten through elementary school he was educated at Tarakanita IV, Pluit, North Jakarta. After that Daniel moved to Perth, Australia and was educated at Aquinas College. At school in Perth, Daniel worked part time at a restaurant called Nando's as a waiter and later assistant manager. After graduating high school Daniel enrolled at Edith Cowan University, Perth. Daniel took a double major for Bachelor of Business Administration on "Finance and International Business". He graduated university at 21 in 2002. Daniel worked in Perth for abouth 6 months with a Multi Level Marketing business called Network 21 which sells Amway products. In addition, he also had an internship at Citibank Australia for about 3 weeks.
Daniel returned to Jakarta at the end of 2002. He then worked with his father, selling garments in one of the biggest wholesale mall in Indonesia, Mangga Dua, jakarta. In 2003 Daniel decided to join the MTV VJ Hunt. From 6000 contestants, he was elected as one of the finalists and eventually came out as the winner. Starting from here, the figure of Daniel became known. In 2004, he became the host at the MTV Asia Awards Red Carpet. During his time as an MTV VJ, he was interviewed many world class singers and bands, such as Korn, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, The Black Eyed Peas, Gareth Gates, Michelle Branch, Nicole Scherzinger, and many more. He also began to emerge as the ambassador of several products, such as Sony Ericsson, Adidas, HONDA Vario, Nokia, Indosat M3, Promuno, Advan TabletPC, Pond's Men Mentor, chosen as The Key Opinion Leader for Windows-8 Social Media Sphere Promo, MTV EXIT, Smart Car by Mercedez Benz, #SOSharks in 2013, Sennheiser and TAG Heuer.
In 2007 , Daniel became the lead role in the television movie by MNC Pictures production , entitled "I Love You Boss" .
In 2011, he was cast in the soap opera titled Between Love and Lies by MD production .
In 2009, Daniel got a chance to play in his first movie called Dara.. In this thriller movie he was cast as Jimmy . Dara aired in film festivals in various countries , with the title Macabre . The film was made by the Mo Brothers starring Shareefa Danish , Julie Estelle , Arifin Putra , Sigi Wimala , and others.
In 2014, With his Damn Inc., Daniel produced the Japanese-Indonesian psychological thriller titled "Killers".
In 2015, Daniel was chosen as Disney Marvel's Celebrity Ambassador of "Ant-Man".
In 2011, Daniel recorded his first song, Twitter Dunia (World of Twitter), as a rapper with the band Potenzio.
In 2013, Daniel as a rapper for the duet song with Maharashi Feat DJ Devina, with the title song "Bendera/Dance I Love Indonesia". The "Dance I Love Indonesia" lyric was written by Daniel himself.
In 2003 Daniel won the MTV VJ Hunt and became MTV VJ until early 2011.
In 2006 Daniel became host of the third season of Indonesian Idol along with Amelia Natasha (Ata). Daniel and Ata returned to host the next season of Indonesian Idol in 2007. Daniel then paired with Dewi Sandra , an Indonesian singer , as hosts of Indonesian Idol 2008. And in the last two seasons Indonesian Idol has hosted by himself. Daniel is still the host until now.
In 2007, Daniel became the host of Asian Idol which aired in 6 countries , namely India , Indonesia , Malaysia , Philippines , Singapore , and Vietnam .
He also hosted the event Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009, which aired in 3 countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia , and Singapore .
In 2013, Daniel is trusted to host for Miss World 2013, and is aired in more than 160 countries around the world, which made him the first Indonesian presenter to made it International.
In 2013, Daniel as the host of an international event Mister International 2013
In 2013, Daniel as the host of Football Crazy on Fox Sport TV
In 2014, Daniel as a Judge in Indonesian Idol Junior
In 2015, Daniel appear as Special Guest & Judge in Asia's Next Top Model
In 2016, Daniel as the host of The Voice Indonesia Season 2
In 2016, Daniel is back as a Judge in Indonesian Idol Junior, Season 2
Nominations and Awards
In 2007 , Daniel was nominated as Best Presenter in Music at the Panasonic Awards. He was nominated three times as the best presenter in the same event .
In 2008, Daniel won the award for Favorite MC at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards .
In 2011, Daniel was nominated as The Best Talent Show Presenter at the Panasonic Gobel Awards.
In 2013, Daniel won The Panasonic Gobel Awards 2013 for the Best Talent Show Presenter Category.
Other than expanding his clothing line globally and producing his second movie, currently Daniel enjoys running marathons, his goal is to finish world's 6 major marathons.